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.