Lou Gehrig: A True Sports Hero

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When looking back at history, sports were a huge impact on what America is today. Sports helped America gain its own unique identity. As the sporting industry grew, many sports, including baseball was invented. When baseball was created in 1839, it immediately exploded with popularity. Soon baseball became known as “Americas Past-Time”. Lou Gehrig was one of the players that made this sport the way it is now because of his amazing skills at first base. Lou overcame childhood challenges, became one of the greatest players to ever play the game, and shed a light on a terrible disease are all examples on how Lou Gehrig is a true sports hero. Lou Gehrig was born on June 19th 1903, in Manhattan New York. According to Biography.com Lou was the only…show more content…
As I started getting into Baseball, I loved to learn about the greats from the Yankees and Lou stood out to me over everyone else. He showed me that no matter what you come from, you can be whatever you want if you put in enough work. Another reason why he stood out to me is how he shed a light on a terrible disease. He was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in 1939 and retired when he was diagnosed. ALS is a degenerative disease that affects your motor neurons in your brain. This ultimately leads to the inability to move and function, and soon after, death. During his time at Columbia University he joined a fraternity Phi Delta Theta. When he was diagnosed with ALS and past away with his legacy, Phi Delta Thetas nationals made ALS their national philanthropy. I am lucky enough to be apart of such a great fraternity and support the ALS foundation to stop this terrible disease. Lou Gehrig came from nothing and turned his life around into something great. He put in the work and became good at whatever he did. He changed the game of baseball with his talents and set records that still stand to this day. Lou overcame childhood challenges, became one of the greatest players to ever play the game, and shed a light on a terrible disease are all examples on how Lou Gehrig is a true sports
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