Lou Gehrig

29 Sep 2014 by Haley Matthews, No Comments »

If I was asked if Lou Gehrig is still  inspiring I would say, ” Is my name Haley?” Lou Gehrig was not only one of the best baseball players of all time but a believer in all he did. In 1923, Lou Gehrig debuted on the Major league fields. He was 19! His batting average was a total of .361, that’s crazy!

He soon achieved the name Iron Horse because he played an overall number of 2,130 consecutive games. Talk about perfect attendance! In 1923 Lou was diagnosed with ALS, a terminal muscle disease. Lou Gehrig said his goodbyes on the home plate of the Yankee Stadium in front of thousands of fans that remember him. His number, 4, was the first baseball uniform number to ever be retired.

“Lou was the most valuable player the Yankees have ever had because he was a prime source of their greatest asset-an implicit confidence in themselves and in every man in the club.” writes Stanley Frank.

Lou changed people’s thoughts and minds not by his skills but by his words. “For the past few weeks you have read about a break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” His speech is known as baseball’s Gettysburg address. Lou Gehrig died two years after his speech and will never be forgotten. Lou was very hurt and down after he heard that he was not going to play baseball. Lou contributed to the correct explanation of the meaning of life. He used his bad break and turned  into a symbol of admiration and all he did was put his wise thoughts into words.

” I might have been given a bad break but I have an awful lot to live for.” Lou named his speech ” the luckiest man ” He stated his life in minutes, his beliefs. Lou challenged all of us to be more than any word could describe and I am trying to spell it out.




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