“Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” There’s not many people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness that say that, and so we celebrate


One of the main Murderers in the 1927 Yankees’ batting lineup dubbed Murderers Row, Lou Geghrig was the thinking man’s baseball player, sort of the anti-Babe Ruth, who was the Hedonist’s Hedonist.

Lou was a clean-living engineering student at Columbia University, a Mr. Nice Guy who had to lie to his straight-laced German immigrant parents about his “impractical” minor league baseball career until he was called up to the Yankees.

Once inserted into the starting lineup of the Major League club in 1925, Lou didn’t miss a game for the next 13 years, setting record after record, and winning 6 out of 7 World Series in which he played while averaging an incredible 150 runs batted in per season.

A cool customer at the plate, Lou set the record for career Grand Slam home runs with 24 bases-loaded clouts, won the elusive Triple Crown in 1934, and anchored the successful Yankee teams of the post-Babe Ruth Era. In 1938, the Iron Man was diagnosed with the disease still synonymous with his name, amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which ended his career prematurely and killed him before his 38th birthday.

•Suggested Activities: Wishing Larrupin’ Lou a happy 121st birthday.

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