MLB to hold Lou Gehrig Day: Recently the MLB announced that June 2 will be celebrated annually as Lou Gehrig day. Lou Gehrig the former Yankees legend died on June 2 1941 after battling ALS for roughly three years. Gehrig went down as one of the greatest baseball players of all time and his No. 4 was retired by the Yankees.
“The Iron Horse” as he was nicknamed, dominated in the major leagues for New York and led the Yankees to many successful seasons. For his time period, Gehrig ranks amongst the best players of all time, and even today he has accomplished an incredible amount of things in the MLB.
Gehrig’s MLB Career
Lou Gehrig spent 17 years in the MLB playing each season as a New York Yankee debuting in 1923. Over his career, Gehrig won two MVPs, was a seven-time All-Star, winner of the batting title, a triple crown winner, and a six-time World Series champion.
To cap off Gehrig’s unbelievable career he was inducted into the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. Gehrig averaged a .340 batting average over his career and totaled 2,721 hits, 493 home runs, and 1,995 RBI’s. One of Lou Gehrig’s most notable teammates while playing on the Yankees was Babe Ruth.
Following his final game as a New York Yankee Gehrig stood in front of his teammates and a stadium full of fans and gave one of the most famous speeches of all time. Gehrig stated, “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man of the face of the earth.
When you look around wouldn’t you consider it a privilege to associate yourself with such fine-looking men as in standing in uniform in this ballpark today? I might have been given a bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”
Other Players MLB Honors with Annual Days
The MLB now honors three of their legendary players with commemorative days during the MLB season. The MLB previously has celebrated Roberto Clemente day honoring the late Pittsburgh Pirates great and Jackie Robinson day. In 2020 the Pittsburgh Pirates players all wore Clemente’s retired No. 21 on September 9.
Clemente of Puerto Rican descent died in a plane crash while when the plane he was traveling on to deliver relief supplies to Nicaragua went down. Jackie Robinson day is by far the most widely recognized day of the MLB regular season as Robinson’s retired No. 42 is won by all players across the league.
Robinson broke the color barrier in the MLB and is one of the most widely respected baseball players of all time for the challenges he overcame and his abilities on the field.
Right now it remains unclear if on Lou Gehrig day players across the league will wear jersey No. 4 in honor of Gehrig. Players are believed to wear a 4-ALS patch on their jerseys to honor Gehrig.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, known for short as ALS is a rare disease that affects the nerve cells in both the brain and the neck that eventually leads to the loss of muscle control. There remains to be no cure for ALS and it affects how you speak, eat and even breathe. The disease is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
A small percentage of people that have ALS have it inherently. The purpose of Lou Gehrig’s day is to promote awareness for ALS and raise money to continue to fight for a cure for the disease.
For the MLB this is a great thing to do and promoting something that people may not know very much about, but something that is affecting people in different ways.
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