Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig played for the New York Yankees in the 1920s and 1930s, setting the mark for consecutive games played. Gehrig’s hardworking nature and ability to play through incredible pain certainly earned their respect, and earned him the nickname “The Iron Horse.” In 1939, Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS early that season and promptly retired in the middle of the season. Gehrig was the first player in baseball history to have his number retired. July 4, 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech. He died of ALS in 1941.
This is a tribute video to that speech that is playing in every Major League park this weekend.