Lou Gehrig

Text Box: Lou Gehrig Facts
•	Name: Henry Louis Gehrig
•	Born:  June 19, 1903 in New York City
•	Death: June 2, 1941, Lou Gehrig died of ALS
•	Played American Baseball for the NY Yankees in 1920’s and 30’s
Text Box: Diagnosis
As Lou’s physical condition deteriorated his wife Eleanor, contacted the famed May clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and immediately spoke with Dr. Mayo, Eleanor and Lou flew to see him the next day. After 6 Days of rigorous testing, the diagnosis was certain, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; the incurable disease that causes paralysis, Eleanor intentionally withheld this prognosis from Lou. It was his 36th birthday. One of the most prominent figures to be diagnosed with ALS, the disease that eventually killed him, was named after him.
Text Box: Awards
•	7x All-Star selection
•	6x World Series Champion
•	2x American League MVP
•	New York Yankees retire # 4
•	1939 inductee into MLB Hall of Fame
•	Played in 2,130 consecutive games
 
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Text Box: Farewell
On July 4th, 1939 Lou Gehrig suited up one more last in his pinstripe uniform. Struggling to the microphones in front of thousands of Yankee faithful, he gave one of the most memorable speeches in sports history, as he simply expressed his gratitude.

Lou Gehrig’s Speech
Text Box: "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for." (Lou Gehrig, July 4th 1939)