Jun 28, 2009 today, gehrigs 277word speech, immortalized by gary cooper in the 1942 movie the pride of the yankees, continues to have an effect on the american psyche. List of books and articles about free speech online. By july 4, 1939, the yankees were playing as if they did not miss the ailing lou gehrig. The main character of this book is lou gehrig he was a very good person on and off the field. In an excerpt from his book pride of the yankees, richard sandomir tells the story behind the 1942 sports film starring gary cooper. The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
On july 4, 1939, he stood before 60,000 fans at yankee stadium and confirmed what everyone seemed to know, that the pride of the yankees had been dealt a terrible blow. Lou gehrigs toughest day in yankee stadium youtube. Als is a progressive, fatal, neurogenerative disease that affects an estimated 20,000 americans every year. Gehrig was known as the iron horse for his durability. Rhetorical analysis of lou gehrigs luckiest man speech by. On july 4, 1939, 62,000 fans watched as gehrig delivered a short speech during which he described himself as the luckiest man on the face of the earth. His purpose in this speech is to thank his fans and to explain how he has lived a good and fortunate life, even with als. Text version below transcribed directly from audio fans, for the past two weeks. When the new york giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift thats something. Lou gehrig and babe ruth address the crowd on lou gehrig. Lou gehrigs uplifting speech 75 years later video abc news. Gehrig has inspired athletes, children, and adults alike because of the audacity that he held upon the podium that warm day in july. His spirit is more significant than the disease which d.
Lou gehrig uses several rhetorical strategies to support his purpose. This book is a must read for anyone interested in a fresh perspective from a true legend in his prime. Criticalpast offers immediate downloads of full resolution hd and sd masters and full. When it was time to retire at yankee stadium, he faced what was arguably another giant challenge for him. Jul 04, 2011 on july 4, 1939, in a farewell speech at yankee stadium, a terminally ill lou gehrig declared himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. They had rolled to a 5116 record and were 12 12games ahead of the boston red sox. A standout football and baseball player, gehrig signed his first contract with the new york yankees in april 1923. He was a seventime mlb all star and a sixtime world series champion. Quotations by lou gehrig, american athlete, born june 19, 1903. Many people understood that reality from the beginning, as explained in the new book, the pride of the yankees. When you have a wonderful motherinlaw who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis now called lou gehrig s disease, a rare disease that causes spinal paralysis. Gehrig was born in 1903 at 309 east 94th street in the yorkville neighborhood of manhattan.
He played his entire 17year baseball career for the new york yankees 19231939. Gehrig s wife, eleanor, was also a source of friction. Lou gehrig, gary cooper, and the making of a classic, by richard sandomir. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies thats something.
I have had the great honor to have played with these great veteran ballplayers on my left murderers row, our championship team of 1927. Bud selig announced on january 19, 2000, that the 30 major league club owners voted unanimously to centralize all of baseballs internet operations into an independent. The author wrote his story in sequential order beginning with his birth and ending with what his legacy is now. Farewell the official licensing website of lou gehrig. The v foundation for cancer research 5,168,661 views. After 75 years, lou gehrig s retirement speech remains unmatched because it was not simply a retirement speech. Lou gehrig speech analysis essay example graduateway. Throughout eight years of grade school, lou didnt miss a single day lou gehrig. In an excerpt from his book pride of the yankees, richard sandomir tells the story behind the 1942. On july 4, 1939, a dying lou gehrig delivered what has been called baseballs gettysburg address at yankee stadium. His mother wanted him to be well educated and have a good job when he grew up.
He could have parlayed his fame, and his speech, into a lucrative second career as lou gehrig, hero. Lou gehrig farewell speech fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break i got. Text version below transcribed directly from audio. Use updown arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Jul 04, 2015 in the brief text of only 286 words, gehrig demonstrated both incredible grace and excellent speech craft. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Anyone know where i can find the entire lou gehrigs. Gehrig s performance as a speaker that day was as remarkable as any he had as a player. For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break. The estate of eleanor gehrig, who passed away in 1984, donated the trophy with the kieran poem to the hall of fame in 1985. The definitive account of the life and tragic death of baseball legend lou gehrig. At the time, a hug between two greats of the game loomed almost as large as gehrig s words and maybe it still should. Jul 04, 2014 a triple crown winner in 1934, gehrig had a career batting average of. On this date 75 years ago, he delivers the most important speech in sports history.
In recognition of lou gehrig s 100th birthday celebration, a portion of each sale will be donated to the als association. Jul 07, 2014 a transcript of lou gehrig s iconic speech from 1939. Jun 30, 2014 after 75 years, lou gehrig s retirement speech remains unmatched because it was not simply a retirement speech. Lou gehrig luckiest man speech full text washington times. The definition of speech itself has been broadened to encompass symbolic speech, which consists of actions that express opinions. Spoken in the pretelevision era, it would have become a distant memory if not for.
Lou gehrig, july 4, 1939, yankee stadium fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break i got. The collage features the full text of the speech as well as various photographs from that historic day at yankee stadium. Lou gehrig farewell speech was 75 years ago today video. Listen to lou gehrig bids farewell to baseball history. He was also the first mlb player whose number was retired. Als amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as lou gehrigs disease, is an incurable fatal neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness, resulting in paralysis. Farewell to baseball 1939 henry louis lou gehrig june 19, 1903 june 2, 1941, nicknamed the iron horse for his durability, was an american major league baseball first baseman from new york city. Lou gehrig speech farewell to baseball address lou gehrig farewell to baseball address. Full text and video excerpt of lou gehrig yankee stadium farewell speech. July 4th marks the 75th anniversary of lou gehrig s iconic speech. Why studying lou gehrigs july 4 luckiest man speech will. I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. Delivered on 4 july 1939, new york fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break i got.
Jul 05, 2009 derek jeters farewell speech to the yankees on derek jeter day. The selfdescribed luckiest man on the face of the earth says goodbye to baseball and fans on july 4, 1939, after being diagnosed. It approves teambyteam schedules who has tested positive. Lou gehrig american athlete born on june 19, 1903, died on june 02, 1941 henry louis lou or bustergehrig was an american baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in major league baseball for the new york yankees, from 1923 through 1939. Lou gehrig kevin viola did you know that lou gehrig was the first player on the yankees to have his number retired. I have been walking on ball fields for 16 years, and ive never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
Actor gary cooper played lou gehrig in the classic 1942 film the pride of the yankees. To begin with, lou was an amazing baseball player who was underrated, but also a very hard working man. As a young woman in chicago, castro writes, eleanor developed a partygirl lifestyle. His farewell speech given on july 4, 1939, at yankee stadium now known as lou gehrig day is considered the most famous speech in baseball history. Born henry louis gehrig to german immigrant parents in june of 1903, gehrig was the only one of their children to survive infancy. Trophy presented to lou gehrig on july 4, 1939 b4385 milo stewart jr. Jul 03, 2014 lou gehrig, july 4, 1939, yankee stadium fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break i got. About this item zoom in zoom out rotate right fit screen full expand.
Free speech in wartime from the sedition act of 1798 to the war on terrorism 2004. Jul 03, 2017 each year in july i reread my favorite offthecuff speech of all time. Eighty years on, lou gehrigs words reverberate the new. Longtime new york yankee star, first baseman lou gehrig battles als with the help of his wife, and of his teammate. I understand originally the full versions of the speech were taken from newspaper accounts, so certain things were inaccurate i think it was the ny times who originally quoted him as the luckiest man alive. Full text of lou gehrigs farewell speech sports illustrated. The day lou gehrig proclaimed himself the luckiest man on. Hall of fame baseball player lou gehrig was born in new york city in 1903. The sun was hot at yankee stadium that july 4th, and the.
The luckiest man is a biography about the world famous baseball player who eventually succumbed to the disease we all know now as als. He was the second of four children of german immigrants, christina foch 18811954 and heinrich gehrig 18671946. Lou gehrig, famous yankee first baseman digital file from b. The text and audio from the speech are on the american rhetoric website.
Steiner sports mlb new york yankees lou gehrig speech 8 x 10. Commemorate on of the greatest yankees of all time with this 8x10 plaque of lou gehrig s famous farewell speech. Gaff follows with a captivating essay giving readers the full scope of the man. Summary of speech the speech of lou gehrig s farewell to baseball address is about how a famous baseball player who says goodbye to his life dream of playing baseball because lou was diagnose with a disorder called amyotrophic letral sclerosis.
Yet today i consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. Today, it can be viewed on the museums second floor as. The speech he left is a great literary text to share with students in middle or high school. Gehrigs speech can be found on the list of top 100 speeches because of the humility that gehrig showed and because of how it led america to the shocking realization that no one is invincible. The speech came just after gehrig had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis als, commonly known as lou gehrig s disease. The woman that swept lou gehrig off his feet duration. Wsjs jonathan eig joins simon constable on the news hub to look back at this historic moment and what we know now. Rhetorical analysis of lou gehrig s luckiest man speech lou gehrig develops and keeps. Over a 14 year span between 1925 and 1939, he played in 2, consecutive games. Lou gehrig appreciation day lou gehrig was the yankees star first baseman and cleanup hitter, playing in 2, consecutive games between 1925 and 1939. Gehrig delivers his famous speech at yankee stadium youtube. The streak was broken when gehrig became disabled with the fatal neuromuscular disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or als, that later became known as lou gehrig s disease.
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, endures as the most iconic speech in sports history. Gehrig offers fascinating firsthand insight into his life and the world of baseball in the 1920s, and alan d. Lou gehrig and babe ruth address the crowd on lou gehrig appreciation day at yankee stadium in new york. Yet today i consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.239 262 315 1427 1422 49 826 444 894 165 581 1179 1039 1550 1430 444 919 708 354 1006 1012 1318 1565 140 837 468 21 268 1310 1034 272 482 747 1373 1388 255 1430 1244 190 1148 478 753 641 1274 1106