Lou Gehrig
Witnesses Speak on the Baseball Legend’s Yankee Stadium Farewell

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Lou Gehrig is commemorated as people who witnessed his farewell speech in Yankee stadium on July 4, 1939 remember his powerful words and emotions. They talk about the trophy his teammates presented to him, as well as the meaningful embrace between Gehrig and old teammate Babe Ruth. Gehrig was the … Continue reading

Lou Gehrig
Childhood Friend Remembers Gehrig’s Farewell


In an ESPN SportsCentury documentary on Lou Gehrig’s life, David Blumenthal, one of Gehrig’s longtime friends, recounts the day Gehrig gave his famous farewell speech and–even if more than 60 years has passed since the speech–is moved to tears. Although Gehrig went on to live another two years after his … Continue reading

Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig’s Legacy in ‘The Pride of the Yankees’

‘The Triumph Isn’t as Meaningful if There Isn’t Suffering’

Actor Sean Astin talks about one of his favorite movies, “The Pride of the Yankees.” Astin talks about how emotional the film is and how his mother cry whenever she sees it. “The Pride of the Yankees” is a tribute to the career of Lou Gehrig. The film came out in … Continue reading

Lou Gehrig
[TEXT] Reporter Recalls Interview With Dying Sports Hero

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“Gehrig looked every bit the hero, big shoulders, big biceps, a smile that went with his twinkling eyes, and dimples and curly hair that would inspire oohs and aahs that were to come a few years later when Frankie Sinatra’s bobby soxers invented the swoon.” Reporter Glen Bayless remembers his … Continue reading

Babe Ruth
A Baseball Legend, Not a Standup Act

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In the only commercial recording of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, the baseball legends prove that they should stick to their day jobs. They may be reading from a comedy script but their athletic talent does not seem to extend to the comedic domain. Despite its awkward jokes and stories, … Continue reading

Lou Gehrig
‘The Iron Horse’ at His Best


Lou Gehrig, baseball legend and former New York Yankee, is remembered for his record-setting consecutive game streak, his skills as a first baseman and his powerful swing at the plate. Gehrig–once diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease today–announced his retirement from the game … Continue reading

Lou Gehrig
Babe Dahlgren Talks About Replacing Lou Gehrig


Keith Olbermann interviews Babe Dahlgren about the day he replaced Lou Gehrig–ending Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, the record for most consecutive games played at the time. Dahlgren describes the feeling of the dugout on the day he replaced Gehrig and talks about how he failed to convince … Continue reading