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Phillies' Lou Gehrig Day hits home for longtime fan battling ALS

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Phillies are recognizing Lou Gehrig Day Friday by continuing their longtime effort to fight ALS. Since 1984, the Phillies have raised nearly $20 million to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative nerve disease that slowly robs the brain’s ability to communicate with muscles. “Once...
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Former Santa Clara pitcher returns to face SF Giants at fitting time for Lou Gehrig Day festivities

Former Santa Clara pitcher Tommy Nance will be back in the Bay Area this weekend as a 30-year-old rookie with the Chicago Cubs. The right-handed reliever’s first MLB appearance at Oracle Park could come as soon as Thursday, when the Giants will hold their inaugural Lou Gehrig Day ceremonies. Major League Baseball added the day to its calendar to honor Gehrig’s bout with ALS and others who suffer from the degenerative muscular disease — a group that includes Nance’s father, Marc.

Meet the Reds fan behind 1st Lou Gehrig Day

CINCINNATI -- From his wheelchair in his office at the Mason, Ohio, house he shares with his parents, Adam Wilson dedicated himself to getting Lou Gehrig his own special day on the baseball calendar. That day is Wednesday and will be every June 2 going forward as Major League Baseball...

MLB to celebrate 'Lou Gehrig' Day across stadiums with program to raise ALS awareness

Every Major League Baseball stadium on Wednesday will become a living testament to Lou Gehrig and use his memory to raise awareness for the disease that took his life. The league will celebrate its first "Lou Gehrig Day" at all games with an emphasis on promoting information on ALS and honoring the Yankee great and others who suffered from the disorder. The date marks not only the day Gehrig made his debut as the Yankee's regular first baseman in 1925 but also the day he died 16 years later of the neurological disease.

How one speech forever connected Lou Gehrig, baseball and this fatal disease

(CNN) — On July 4, 1939, baseball player Lou Gehrig stood on the field at Yankee Stadium in front of 62,000 fans. This wasn't unusual; nicknamed the "Iron Horse," he had been the New York Yankees' regular first baseman for 14 years. But this time, Gehrig wasn't playing baseball -- he was delivering a retirement speech.

A's Piscotty named recipient of 2021 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty was named the recipient of the annual Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. The award is given out each year to an MLB player who “best exemplifies the giving character of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig.”. MLB just held the inaugural “Lou Gehrig Day,” which was celebrated on...
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MLB Network's Feature Honoring Lou Gehrig Is Powerful

Major League Baseball is observing its inaugural Lou Gehrig Day commemorating the Hall of Famer whose legacy has inspired the ongoing movement to defeat ALS. A special collection of activities are planned across ballparks along with a series of fundraising efforts. MLB Network produced a tribute video to the former...
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MLB Network releases new Lou Gehrig short: "Heart of a Hero"

Nancy Frates (mother of the late ALS advocate Pete Frates) narrates this moving new feature released in time for the inaugural Lou Gehrig Day. The "Iron Horse" was an absolutely unbelievable baseball players and by all accounts, an even better person. It's a tragedy that the game lost him on this day 80 years ago, so young at age 37. Gehrig's memory lives on, as does the fight against ALS.

Dodgers Holding Pregame Ceremony For MLB’s Inaugural Lou Gehrig Day

Earlier this year Major League Baseball announced the creation of Lou Gehrig Day — set for every June 2 — moving forward. The New York Yankees legend joined Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente as players whose legacies are celebrated annually. The Dodgers will recognize the inaugural Lou Gehrig Day with...
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MLB Celebrates the Inaugural Lou Gehrig Day Today

It’s been 80 years to the day that MLB lost a legend of the game. Lou Gehrig died on June 2, 1941 at the young age of 37 after a 2-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It was also just 2 years after he was forced to walk away from the game of baseball with a historic career.

Remembering the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig

As summer approaches, we again turn our full attention to what has been America’s pastime for a century and a half. These are the months when baseball has the entire sporting calendar to itself, our undivided attention. The basic precepts of that baseball fandom don’t change – we want our team to win the World Series, as it was in the beginning and every year since – only the ways in which our fandom manifests changes.

80 years later, Lou Gehrig remains as unique as ever

I never got to watch Lou Gehrig play first base for the New York Yankees. My grandfather might have. He grew up in New Jersey during Gehrig’s prime, just a stone’s throw away from Yankee Stadium. There was no television on which to watch the games, let alone a 24-hour sports news cycle. No, he got to watch the Iron Horse up close and personal and though he was foggy on details, his stories had one constant: Lou Gehrig could play.