70 years later, Gehrig’s speech still resonates and inspires

Posted on Sunday, June 28th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

There has rarely been a man as inspiring as Lou “Iron Horse” Gehrig, who played with the New York Yankees 70 years ago. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because at the height of his career, he was stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (A.L.S.), a disease that is better known as Lou Gehrig Disease.

After retiring as a player, he stayed with the Yankees as their captain, until he was unable to walk from the dugout to the umpire to hand over the lineup card at the beginning of each game. Still, he remained strong in the eyes of his fans, until he finally died at the age of 38, in 1941, two years after being diagnosed with A.L.S.

But Gehrig continues to inspire America, even after his death. He has given inspiration to hundreds of people living with the disease today, letting them know that there is still much to live for and celebrate.

Why is Gehrig so monumental? The answer lies in his farewell speech, which focused completely on the positives of his life: the honour and fortune he had to work with some of the greats of baseball legend. Not once in his speech does he mention his disease. (You can read the full speech at http://www.focusonals.com/louspeech.htm)

Lou Gehrig was and is a true inspiration. Through his positivity, he has given many others hope and furthermore, a renewed will to live.

You can read more about Lou and what America is doing to honour him here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/sports/baseball/28gehrig.html

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