75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's speech. Including Babe.

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  1. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Lou's speech JULY 4th 1939.

    Lou Gehrig was taken down at the age of 37 by ALS. He was diagnosed on his 36th birthday after six days of extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic. His ALS took him down quickly with rapid paralysis, difficulty swallowing and speaking. A lot of his teammates stayed away from Lou, thinking it was contagious.

    A letter to his wife after the diagnosis.....

    "The bad news is lateral sclerosis, in our language chronic infantile paralysis. There isn't any cure... there are very few of these cases. It is probably caused by some germ...Never heard of transmitting it to mates... There is a 50–50 chance of keeping me as I am. I may need a cane in 10 or 15 years. Playing is out of the question.."

    Following his visit to the Mayo Clinic, he briefly rejoined the Yankees in D.C. As his train pulled into Union Station, he was greeted by a group of Boy Scouts, happily waving and wishing him luck. Gehrig waved back, but he leaned forward to his companion, a reporter, and said, "They're wishing me luck — and I'm dying."

    He retired on June 21st that year and made his famous speech on July 4th. A speech that will remain the most famous in American sports history. At least to me, I guess. I'm a Yankee fan :D. Lou still holds Yankee records that stand today.



    Lou Gehrig picture from that day put into HD color.....


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    Bless ya Lou!:(
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Didn't want to leave out Babe. Taken down at the age of 53. LIFE magazine put his last pictures into HD color.....



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    JUNE 5th 1948. Dying from throat cancer, Babe talked to the crowd one more time during his day.




    Thank you Babe. Bless
     
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    Stinkfist Well-Known Member

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    As a non sports guy -

    These are two legacies - a guy that a disease was named after and a guy that a candy bar was named after.
     
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    Tinman Well-Known Member

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    The Baby Ruth was named for Grover Cleveland's daughter.;)
     
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    Learn something new every day.
     
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    That's what the company claims, but some people think it was a way to avoid paying the Babe for the use of his name.:dontknow:
     
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    37 years old. Wow - younger than Jeter.
    And look what Lou accomplished in that time. Can you imagine how much BETTER his records would have been, if Lou had a few more years to play.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Yup, they would be insane.
     
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    Can you imagine what sort of contracts those 2 would command today? Or the mick. :eek:
     
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    As a life long Yankees fan, these pics really do it for me. So awesome. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Amazing. Hate when anyone is taken down young.
    I cant even imagine what their numbers would bring in contract wise, especially Gehrig. The guy was always healthy and put up insane numbers year after year no matter what.

    Insanity...

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    *bold numbers mean league leader*
     
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    Can you imagine the odds of Lou Gehrig contracting Lou Gehrig's disease?
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    More Babe in color....

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    I'm a Met fan

    I hate the Yankees

    and that is the greatest speech in the history of sports

    The Pride of the yankees is my favorite sports movie of all time
     
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    ALS is a horrible disease, my uncle died of it. he couldn't talk, I'll never forget the look in his eyes
     
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    He wasn't bad for a half an En-word.

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