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Lou Gehrig Day celebrated 75 years later

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

(WKTV) - On July 4, 1939, one of the most famous speeches in the history of sports was made to a sold out crowd at Yankee Stadium.
 
On July 4, 2014, the 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig Day is being honored as his inspirational words, "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth," still ring out in the minds of millions.
 
The 275-word speech still resonates today as the we celebrate the birth of our nation.
 
Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS, a rare fatal illness which affects muscle function without a cure, on his 36th birthday and was forced to retire from the game of baseball due to the illness.
 
ALS is now known as Lou Gehrig's Disease after the famous slugger's case became public and brought heavy attention to the deadly illness. 
 
The "Iron Horse," as he became known, made this speech to announce his retirement on that day and died just two years later on June 2, 1941.
 
Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games and was a six-time world champion with the New York Yankees.
 

The current Yankees team honored the 75th Anniversary of Gehrig's speech by wearing patches containing an image of the baseball legend on their uniforms during an Independence day match-up against the Minnesota Twins.  

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