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1939 HEADLINE: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

1939 HEADLINE: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

1939 Headline: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

We have all seen the emotional footage of Gehrig standing if front of his teammates and the fans that packed Yankee Stadium on this day in 1939.

I just couldn’t let the day go by without honoring Lou Gehrig on this blog.

While there is one line from Gehrig’s speech that makes it into most MLB telecasts that showcase Mr. Gehrig, the full speech is worth celebrating!

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day?

Sure I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy?

Sure I’m lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift — that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter — that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body — it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed — that’s the finest I know.

So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”

Three years after Lou Gehrig made that farewell speech at Yankee Stadium, Gary Cooper gave his rendition of it in the movie, “Pride of the Yankees.” Hollywood mogul Sam Goldwyn had resisted the idea of a movie about a ballplayer, and evidently some tweaking had to be done on the speech to make it more appealing at the theater.

Here is the text of the movie version, with such terms as “Murderers Row” and “Bronx Bombers” added for extra effect:

“I have been walking onto ballfields for 16 years, and I’ve never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. I have had the great honor to have played with these great veteran ballplayers on my left — Murderers Row, our championship team of 1927. I have had the further honor living and playing with these men on my right — the Bronx Bombers, the Yankees of today.

“I have been given fame and undeserved praise by the boys up there behind the wire, my friends, the sports writers. I have worked under the two greatest managers of all time, Miller Huggins and Joe McCarthy.

“I have a mother and father who fought to give me health and a solid background in my youth. I have a wife, a companion for life, who has shown me more courage than I ever knew.

“People all say that I’ve had a bad break. But today . . . today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

Did You Know…

The first professional athlete to be on the cover of a Wheaties box of cereal was Lou Gehrig.  The Yankees legend made his debut with Wheaties in 1934.

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1939 Headline: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

1939 Headline: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

We have all seen the emotional footage of Gehrig standing if front of his teammates and tha fans that packed Yankee Stadium on this day in 1939.

I just couldn’t let the day go by without honoring Lou Gehrig on this blog.

Did You Know…

Lou Gehrig was the first player in major league history to have his jersey number retired by his team.  The event occurred on July 4, 1939 and there were roughly 62,000 fans in attendance to celebrate with Gehrig.

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1939 Headline: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

1939 Headline: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

We have all seen the emotional footage of Gehrig standing if front of his teammates and tha fans that packed Yankee Stadium on this day in 1939.

I just couldn’t let the day go by without honoring Lou Gehrig on this blog.

Did You Know…

Of all of the great Yankees hitters to dominate the sport, the player from the team with the most career triples is Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig.  Gehrig hit 163 triples during his major league career.  The Yankee in second place on the list is Earl Combs, with 154.

1939 Headline: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

1939 Headline: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

We have all seen the emotional footage of Gehrig standing if front of his teammates and tha fans that packed Yankee Stadium on this day in 1939.

I just couldn’t let the day go by without honoring Lou Gehrig on this blog.

1939 Headline: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

1939 Headline:  Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

We have all seen the emotional footage of Gehrig standing if front of his teammates and tha fans that packed Yankee Stadium on this day in 1939.

I just couldn’t let the day go by without honoring Lou Gehrig on this blog.

Did You Know…

On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig was the first major league player to have his number(4) retired.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

Happy Anniversary Lou Gehrig!!!

On this day in 1939 Lou Gehrig put an end to a consecutive games played streak that was unimaginable.  The man that was the picture of perfect health for during his 17-year career was calling it quits due to his battle with a life-threatening disease.

No injuries.  No desire to skip a game.  No player taking his spot on the field.  Lou Gehrig was the ultimate competitor!!

Amazingly, the record was broken more than 50 years later.  But, Gehrig’s legacy and legendary status in the game of baseball lives on.  His dedication to the sport and his team was unmatched and he certainly was more than just ‘present’ on the field.  A 2-time All-star with 2,721 career hits and 493 home runs, Gehrig was a solid contributor to the Yankees and their annual success.  2,130 games with no break is incredible. 

And as a 6-time World Series Champion, Gehrig will go down as one of the greatest New York Yankees players of all-time!!!