Baseball great Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) a fatal disease. On July 4, 1939, he made a farewell speech at Yankee Stadium and expressed his gratitude for being able to play baseball. An example for all of us.
Lou Gehrig Speech – Farewell to Baseball
Delivered on 4 July 1939, New York
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.