Major League Baseball and all 30 Clubs will pay tribute to Lou Gehrig on the 75th Anniversary of his iconic “Luckiest Man” speech by showing a video of first basemen from every club reciting a line from the speech, intertwined with footage of Gehrig delivering his famous words.
MLB has joined forces with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) organizations to raise awareness for the disease, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease and will donate $300,000 to organizations leading the fight against ALS.
Clubs playing at home on July 4th will conduct special on-field ceremonies to commemorate the anniversary of the speech and honor the legacy of Gehrig, who passed away on June 2, 1941 at the age of 37.
Players, coaches, managers and umpires will also wear a 75th Anniversary patch.
ALS is a disease that attacks nerve cells called motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, leading to weakness and eventual paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and swallowing.
An estimated 30,000 people in the United States have ALS at any given time and death often occurs within five years of diagnosis.
Currently, there are neither effective treatments nor a cure for ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease. However, ALS research is at a pivotal and hopeful moment with more than 30 known genes linked to ALS and dozens of clinical research trials enrolling worldwide.
Watch the video they will show at the games below:
Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” Speech (Abbreviated Version)
“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 the earth.
I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day?
Sure I'm lucky. […] When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift—that's something.
When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies—that's something.
When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter—that's something.
When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body—it's a blessing.
When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed—that's the finest I know.
So, I close in saying that, I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”