It was July 4, 1939, and Lou Gehrig stood, in uniform, on the infield, surrounded by teary-eyed teammates, and house of fans, and gave the most famous speech and line in Major League Baseball history.
“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”
It has been 75 years since Gehrig gave his famous speech at Yankee Stadium in New York after he was diagnoised with the terminal disease, ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
To this day, the disease has no cure and an estimated 6,000 Americans are diagnoised with ALS every year. The disease has now been renamed Lou Gerhig’s disease after the world-famous Yankee.
Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive games — a streak that ended in Detroit in early May 1939, after he learned of his grim diagnosis. He passed away June 2, 1941, at the age of 37.
To commemorate the occasion, Major League Baseball got all 30 first basemen — plus Yankees captain Derek Jeter — to recite the full speech, one piece at a time.
Thanks to MLB.com for the video: