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Sunday, July 5, 2009
Remembering Lou Gehrig
Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig
Born: June 19, 1903 New York, New York
Died: June 2, 1941 Riverdale, Bronx
New York Yankees First Baseman,
"The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth."
July 4th is a very important day in America - a day of celebration, the birth of our country. It is a day we reflect on all the good gifts God has given to us Americans, most importantly, our freedom. Today I wish to mention another God given gift, Lou Gehrig. Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the farewell speech of Lou Gehrig, the famous Yankee baseball player who said, "I might've been given a bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for." Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS, an incurable fatal neuromuscular disease. This disease is widely known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."
America loves baseball, just like apple pie. First Baseman Lou Gehrig was and is a hero to so many Americans. God bless him.
I leave you here with a video of Lou Gehrig's farewell speech, July 4th, 1939.