Pros Reenact Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech. It Will Give You Chills.

by
Lauren Burgoon
All of Major League Baseball's first basemen team up to recite Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech on its 75th anniversary.

This July 4 marks the 75th anniversary of baseball's most famous, most moving speech, Lou Gehrig's farewell address

Opening with one of the 20th century's most quoted lines, "... I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth," Gehrig's emotional address at Yankee Stadium was a farewell to the sport and fans he loved.

Gehrig was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now also commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. After 17 seasons in the majors, the stellar first baseman "Iron Horse" had to hang up his cleats. 

But not before he delivered his iconic, powerful speech to more than 61,000 cheering fans and a nation stunned by his fatal diagnosis. To mark Gehrig's 1939 address, all of Major League Baseball's first basemen recreated it to raise awareness about ALS: