Lou Gehrig the brave few . . . April 29, 2007
Today I was reading, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” by Mitch Albom and I found a chapter on Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech and I was moved to tears. He was one of the brave few . . .
In the last few years, we have seen American values deteriorated to the point we can hardly recognize them as being American. Where have we gone? I’m not sure, they seemed to have gone the way of Andy Griffith …
But as alwayson the horizon, there is hope . . . And so I had to find the speech and include it here, today . . . I hope you enjoy it as much as I did?
Full text version of the Farewell Speech . . .
"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."
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