Lou Gehrig farewell speech

On July 4, 2009, Major League Baseball will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell to baseball.  On that day, in 1939, the legendary Yankee retired due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the disease that today bears his name.

Nicknamed “The Iron Horse,” Gehrig was a testament to strength, dependability, and consistency.   Over 15 seasons with New York, he played in 2,130 consecutive games, a record that stood for more than half a century.  He continues to hold the Major League record for most Grand Slams with 23.

Here is some footage of his goodbye speech on that summer day in the Bronx.  Gehrig died less than two years later.


2 thoughts on “Lou Gehrig farewell speech

  1. I still get chills listening to this speech. Despite his pending death, Gehrig still realized the great blessings that were bestowed upon him. He did not cry “why me?” Instead, he acknowledged that he was blessed-he lived out a dream that tens of millions of boys growing up in America had.

    No one escapes death. With that knowledge, I know that my life is better when I acknowledge my blessings and not cry about my circumstance. After all, everything that happens to us in life is an opportunity for spiritual growth.

    Thank you for this post.

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