Lou Gehrig


Date of Birth was born on June 19, 1903 in New York City, New York. Lou Gehrig died on June 2,1941 in Riverdale, New York. His education was he went to Colombia University for a degree in engineering he got into Colombia on a football scholarship. His in influences were his mom because she wanted Lou to have a good education and for him to have a succesful life. Before he played baseball he was scouted by the New York Giants to play football. In the summer of 1923 he was playing summer league baseball under a name by Henry Lewis, but a New York Yankee scouter was there and was impressed by his hitting so he signed Gehrig that year and that was the start of his historical baseball career. He played baseball for the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1939. Lou won six world series rings with the Yankees. He won the Most Valuable Player award in 1927 and 1936. He is the only person in major league baseball history with four home runs in one game. He also is the fourth all time in runs batted in. Unfortinately his baseball carrer was cut short because he got Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis which was called Lou Gehrig's Disease after he died in 1941. On his last day playing baseball he gave a famous farewell speech in which he said

"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the 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 might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for."

The most famous quote he sayed was in his farewell speech saying that "today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." Lou gehrig could be compared to any of the greatest baseball hitters of all time because he had the stats to be considered to be one of the greatest hitters of all time.

http://lougehrig.com/ October 9, 2009
www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/lougehrigfarewelltobaseball October 15, 2009

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