As a first baseman for the new york yankees baseball team, lou gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games from 1925 to 1939, setting a major league record and had a career batting average of 340 he once hit four home runs in a game on july 4, 1939, he stood before 60,000 fans at yankee stadium and confirmed. On july 4th, 1939, before 61,808 fans at yankee stadium, lou gehrig stood at a podium at home plate and declared himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth during one of the most memorable farewell speeches ever given this vintage black and white photo of one of the most poignant and emotional moments in. Lou gehrig's famous 'farewell speech' in 1939 is remembered for one line but there are actually two different versions around: the movie and the original we want lou” sportswriter sam mercer, serving as the event's master of ceremonies, stepped to the microphones and informed the fans that gehrig was too moved. The image of lou gehrig saying farewell to yankees fans, his head bowed as he speaks into a cluster of microphones near home plate on july 4, 1939, remains indelible, even after 75 years gehrig's 274-word speech that day -- the words of a man who likely knew he was dying from a horrifying.
Today gehrig is best remembered for his emotional farewell from baseball at age 36, when he was stricken with als, now often called lou gehrig's disease first baseman of all time by the baseball writer's association and was the leading vote-getter on the major league baseball all-century team, chosen by fans in. Results 1 - 17 of 17 lou gehrig farewell new york yankees 1939 premium photofile poster print published by photofile inc fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break i got $4049 was: previous price$4499 $695 shipping 2 watching. By july 4, 1939, the yankees were playing as if they did not miss the ailing lou gehrig they had rolled to a 51-16 record and were 12 1/2-games ahead of the boston red sox joe dimaggio, at 24 the superstar of these bronx bombers, was hitting 426 catcher bill dickey, gehrig's close friend and former. For licensing inquiries please contact historic films archive (wwwhistoricfilms com / [email protected]
The farewell speech the following is the full text of lou gehrig's inspirational speech (please click here for the audio of the speech): “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. A year later, at lou gehrig day at yankee stadium, an older billy (david holt) finds gehrig and shows him that he has made a full recovery, inspired by his hero's example and the two-homer fulfilled promise then, as eleanor weeps softly in the stands, gehrig addresses the fans: people all say that i've had a bad break. Very few speeches stand the test of time, but july 4 marked the 75th anniversary of one such speech given by a dying lou gehrig at yankee stadium gehrig's luckiest man on the face of the earth farewell address resonates as powerfully today as it did then for the tens of thousands who witnessed it in person, and the. He once tried to interview gehrig outside the stadium for his school newspaper, but lou was busy and instead left him tickets to come back the next day it was a great thrill for the essence was captured in full, and it showed a man of humility and dignity, bidding a farewell to his fans he probably talked it.
Lou gehrig couldn't hide his emotion as he addressed his teammates and fans during his famous farewell speech on lou gehrig day on july 4, 1939, at yankee stadium in the bronx, new york (photo by sporting news via getty images) lou gehrig signed his first contract with the new york yankees in. It was on july 4, 1939, lou gehrig appreciation day, when the longtime yankee first baseman uttered the famous words at a home plate ceremony at yankee stadium: “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” the next. July 4, 1939 more widely celebrated as independence day in america but at yankee stadium, approximately 62,000 people were celebrating lou gehrig appreciation day, gehrig's official retirement gala the doctors of mayo clinic had released his als diagnosis to the public on june 19, 1939 since then there was an.
On 4 july 1939, 2 weeks after having been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als), gehrig delivered his farewell speech before 62,000 admiring and teary-eyed fans, he stood on the infield of yankee stadium, flanked on one side by his 1929 teammates (arguably the best team in baseball.
Gehrig's retirement speech remains unmatched, 75 years later, because it was not simply a retirement speech athletes routinely say farewell -- on fields, on courts and at press conference -- and actors portray them saying farewell on film sometimes the athletes weep sometimes the fans weep. One of the most public and amazing displays of gratitude occurred on a baseball field it was july 4, 1939, and lou gehrig walked to a microphone near home plate at yankee stadium to give a farewell speech to the more than 62,000 fans in attendance this is a story i share with our school's athletes each. Most baseball fans know those 13 words by heart seventy-five years ago, before a crowd of over 61,000, 36-year-old new york yankees slugger lou gehrig prematurely said goodbye to the game he loved after learning that he suffered from a degenerative neurological disorder called amyotrophic lateral. Lou gehrig bids farewell to baseball (1min) tv-pg the self-described luckiest man on the face of the earth says goodbye to baseball and fans on july 4, 1939, after being diagnosed with als.