Thursday, July 2, 2009

Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech

Okay, I lied. I was going to write about 'change of use' for buildings this week, but I decided, after watching the news tonight to post Lou Gehrig's farewell speech. Today, July 2, is the anniversary of this speech. On June 2, 1941, Lou Gehrig died of ALS, a disease also known now as Lou Gehrig's disease. In front of more than 62,000 fans, an emotional Lou Gehrig delivered his speech at Yankee Stadium. That day, he not only left a lasting legacy with one of the most moving speeches in sports history, he also didn't leave a dry eye in the house.

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So for this week, I leave you with a message of hope. Not the usual Independence Day rally for America, (which we need about now with a 9.5% unemployment rate in the US), but it is just as fitting. How much more American is baseball anyway? Now, go get a slice of Apple Pie and enjoy!

"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." - Lou Gehrig

Go Celebrate! Celebrate Independence, celebrate friends, family and loved ones. Celebrate you! You deserve it!
Lou Gehrig (1903-1941)
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