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Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball

Oct 26, 2012

Speech delivered by Lou Gehrig 4 July, 1939, in Yankee Stadium, New York City. Listen to an excerpt from his speech: Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure I’m lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift – that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter — that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body — it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed — that’s the finest I know. So, I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live...

Babe Ruth’s Farewell Address

Babe Ruth’s Farewell Address

Oct 5, 2012

April 27, 1947 – Yankee Stadium, New York. Listen to the audio: Babe Ruth’s Farewell to Baseball Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. You know how bad my voice sounds – well it feels just as bad. You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth. That means the boys. And after you’re a boy and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in your national pastime, the only real game – I think – in the world, baseball. As a rule, some people think if you give them a football, or a baseball, or something like that – naturally they’re athletes right away. But you can’t do that in baseball. You’ve gotta start from way down the bottom, when you’re six or seven years of age. You can’t wait until you’re fifteen or sixteen. You gotta let it grow up with you. And if you’re successful, and you try hard enough, you’re bound to come out on top – just like these boys have come to the top now. There’s been so many lovely things said about me, and I’m glad that I’ve had the opportunity to thank everybody. Thank you. Related Stories: First Baseball Game Bill Russell’s Final Game Babe Ruth’s Last at Bat Fenway...