Lou Gehrig is a baseball legend. He started as the sole-surviving son of German immigrants with humble beginnings and went on to play seventeen seasons in Major League Baseball. Of his many accomplishments, on June 3, 1932 he hit four home runs in one game. He is one of only twelve players with more than 100 extra base hits in a season, and one of only three to do it twice. They called him Iron Man for his ability to play despite foot, hand and back injuries. His record of 2,130 consecutive games ended in 1939. His health began to slip noticeably and he asked to be removed from the May 2 lineup before the start of the game. That year he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), now commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease. On July 4th of that year at a recognition ceremony for him, Gehrig made what is often called sports’ most famous speech. Through emotional tears he called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” That December he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and passed away only a few years later. He will always be remembered for his phenomenal talent, his kind heart and his winning attitude.
-Marty and Tisha Peronto