What Is Lou Gehrig's Famous Speech?


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Lou Gehrig's famous speech was given at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, where the baseball player acknowledged his abrupt retirement because of an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosis and stated "Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on this earth." Ironically the man who was nicknamed The Iron Horse for playing in a record setting 2,130 consecutive games, a record that stood for 56 years, had his career and life cut short by a rare, debilitating and terminal disease.

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In the famous speech, Lou Gehrig only mentioned his disease in the opening and closing sentences and then not by name but only acknowledge it as tough luck with "Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got." The balance of the speech was thanking the fans in every ballpark that he had played for 17 years, the players he had played with, the coaches and owners that he had known and the hated rivals, the New York Giants.

He continued in the end of his speech to thank all of the people that he believed had made his life wonderful, including the groundskeepers, his mother-in-law, his own father and mother and his wife. He concluded the brief but iconic speech with "So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for."

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