Well, here it is. The most memorable moment in New York Yankees history. Of course, it is Lou Gehrig’s speech on Lou Gehrig Day at Yankee Stadium on July4, 1939. It is the standard by which all sports speeches are measured.
The speech is in elite company. It is rivaled perhaps only by Jimmy Valvano’s “Never Give Up” and Knute Rockne’s “Win One For The Gipper.” All Yankees fans are familiar with the “luckiest man on the face of the earth” declaration. But do you know the entire speech? Courtesy of MLB.com, here it is:
“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 this 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 may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”
So Lou Gehrig joins Derek Jeter, Reggie Jackson, Don Larsen, Thurman Munson, Bucky Dent, Mariano Rivera, Roger Maris, George Steinbrenner, and Joe DiMaggio in our Yanks Go Yard Top Ten Most Memorable Moments In New York Yankees History. And what a wonderful history it is!
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