Even casual fans of Baseball are familiar with Cal Ripkin Jr., âThe Iron Manâ of Baseball, however, many forget the man whose record he broke, Lou Gehrig, âThe Iron Horse.â Until of course they hear about the rare disorder that bears his name: âLou Gehrig’s Disease,â or âALS.â Tragically, the disease ended his career at age 36 in 1939, and his consecutive games streak at 2,130. His consecutive streak, in my opinion, has even more meaning in that he played the last seasons with the disease probably already present, but, undetected. All the while continuing to amass records. He hit a career .340, hit 493 home runs, won a World Series six times, and was an All-Star seven times, to name just a few. If you ever want to see a grown American man cry like a baby, watch with him the Baseball movie classic: âThe Pride of the Yankees,â starring Gary Cooper. You even get a great peak at the actual Babe Ruth, playing himself. The unassuming grace, determination, and dignity that Gehrig played his entire career was epitomized by what became known as âThe Gettysburg Address of Baseball,â at a sold out Yankees Stadium on July 4th, 1939.
âFans, 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.
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