Farewell Speech - Lou Gehrig

  • Farewell Speech

  • Lou Gehrig

    Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got.

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  • 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?

  • Lou Gehrig

    Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow?

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  • 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 for.

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