Quiet and unassuming, Gehrig struggled to make friends with many of his colorful and spotlight-hungry Yankee teammates, especially Ruth. But his hardworking nature and ability to play through incredible pain certainly earned their respect, and earned him the nickname "The Iron Horse”. Lou Gehrig diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) shined a light on the condition. Using his skill on the field and his attitude off he has developed a legacy and a name for the disease known today as "Lou Gehrig's disease“.
Jackie Robinson continued to make an impact on civil rights even after his retirement from baseball. With his life in baseball winding down, Jackie ramped up his off- field involvement in advancing racial justice (Schutz 116). He continued to help and make his mark as one of the most influential people in helping blacks achieve their civil rights. Jackie was very involved in the Little Rock Nine School crisis which was an early effort to begin desegregation of southern high schools (Schutz 117). Dwight D Eisenhower, the President at that time, told Jackie that all blacks needed was patience for de-segregation to occur. Robinson strongly berated the President for these comments as it was abundantly clear that he had no understanding of the incredible hardships blacks had endured (Schutz 121). Jackie participated in the March on Washington which was a signature moment for the
Imagine that one of the greatest baseball players ever had to retire due to a life threatening condition, later to be named after him. That was what happened to the legendary Lou Gehrig. Lou Gehrig was a renowned baseball player for the New York Yankees in the early 1920’s. The “Iron Horse” as he was known, was forced to retire at a young age due to a life threatening disease called ALS and often known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Gehrig was a slugger and was loved by fans for not only for his ability to hit the ball out of the park, but also for his social influence in baseball. His social impact was seen the most at the end of his career when he delivered a speech, changing the lives of everyone at the ballpark that day. Gehrig appeals to pathos, ethos and uses repetition in order to thank the fans and convince the public that he is not to be pitied.
Jackie Robinson was a game changer for all sports. He broke barriers in baseball allowing African Americans to play baseball. Jackie was hated at first but he didn't say anything and let his playing do the talking.Jackie didn't only change baseball he helped his community and the Civil Rights movement. Jackie is the most honored baseball player today he has his own day called Jackie Robinson Day in April and every player wears his number.
As the Roman poet Horace once said, "adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant." In other words, he believed that challenges are beneficial because they bring out talents that would have stayed hidden otherwise. He thought that adversity would force a person to use their unknown talents out of desperation. Some argue that his theory is irrelevant and that a person 's skills will develop just as well without adversity if they have the capacity, but I believe that hardships will evoke and improve on their dormant talents.
Imagine how devastating it would be to be unable to play the sport you love because of an illness. For professional baseball player Lou Gehrig, that is exactly what happened. Gehrig played baseball for the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1939 (“Biography”). At the end of his baseball career he was diagnosed with a disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS. ALS is a neurological disease that attacks the body’s neurons that control voluntary muscle movement (“Amyotrophic”). In this heartfelt speech, Lou Gehrig expresses his gratitude for all of the positive things that have occured in his life, despite his recent diagnosis of ALS, in order to convey that he is still lucky even though he is now unable to play baseball.
On July 4, 1939, at the Yankee Stadium a man conveyed a standout amongst the most moving and powerful addresses. He was substantially more gifted on the baseball field as opposed to conveying speeches. His name is Lou Gehrig's in his 272 word speech which lasted about two minutes. Gehrig's farewell speech included rhetorical stratigies. Gehrig firmly used ethos and pathos to state his case. Gehrig strongly utilized ethos and pathos to assert his claim. Ethos and pathos are the two appeals combined that allowed him to establish himself as a self-effacing and thankful man who believed, he was nothing but lucky to have been given the opportunities in life that he had been given. In spite of Gehrig's hardships all through life he stayed devoted to baseball, faithful to his fans,
Jackie Robinson not only made impacts on the field that were monumental, but he made impacts off the field that were equally as important. Jackie helped presidents get elected, get kids off the streets and into the most prestigious schools there is, and most importantly he broke the black color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson is one of the most influential people to ever live, he did things that people would dream about, he stood up for what he believed.
First black baseball player, selfless, and courage are three attributes that describe Jackie Robinson. Many people know that Jackie Robinson was a baseball player, but he was so much more. As a well known baseball player, Jackie Robinson showed pro sports that it is all right to have a black person play. He broke the professional baseball color barrier. He is the reason our sports are open to all. He left a lasting legacy as a hero to all, someone who gave up his life to undiscriminate professional sports.
Despite his recent diagnosis with ALS, a neurological disorder with no cure, Lou Gehrig is able to maintain a positive and inspirational tone through his use of positive diction in order to stop his fans from pitying him because he still has so much to live for. Gehrig uses many words with a positive connotation, which help create his positive tone. When describing his encounters with “these grand men,” Gehrig uses phrases such as “the highlight of his career” and “honor” to show how lucky he has been. These phrases emphasize his wonderful experiences meeting such famous figures and help him prove, to the audience, that he has lived an incredible life, which he uses to deflect pity from the audience. Gehrig’s word choice has a large impact
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons in the body that is responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (Adis International Limited). ALS affects both the upper and lower motor neurons in the body. The upper motor neuron, found in the
There are a copious amount of books and novels that tell stories of adversity. Night, written by Elie Wiesel, is one of those many novels. Tuesdays with Morrie, written by Mitch Albom, is another novel that portrays adversity over the course of the story. Both of the main characters are going through or have someone that is going through adversity. Each novel handles adversity similarly and differently.
It was described in the year1869 by neurologist named Jean-Martin Charcot. It is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which affects around 2,000 people per year in England and Wales, with a peak age of onset between 50 years and 70 years(1) In the United States when a baseball player named Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with the disease in 1939. It is also named as Charcot disease to honor the first person to describe the disease, Jean-Martin Charcot .It causes nerve cells to gradually break down and die. Amyotrophic comes from the Greek language. "A" refers to no, "Myo" to muscle, and "Trophic" to nourishment meaning "No muscle nourishment." When a muscle gets no nourishment, it "atrophies" or wastes away. The word "Lateral" are the areas in a person's spinal cord where the portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. ALS occurs more in men than in women by a factor of between 1.2 and 1.5. (2) As the muscle degenerates it causes scarring or hardening (sclerosis) in the particular region. Degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death of the neurons. When it occurs, the ability of the brain to initiate and muscle movement control is lost. Since voluntary muscle action gets affected, people may lose their ability to speak, eat, move and breathe. It may also be said that it is neurodegeneration with prodilection for the cortico motor neurons in the motor cortex and the bulbar and spinal motor neurons. Mainly the motor neurons are selectively targeted for degeneration in this disease. In 1993, missense mutations in the gene which encodes the antioxidant enzyme Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) were discovered in subsets of patients diagnosed with familial ALS .Its pathogenesis is complex and multifactorial and disease commonly characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching, and gradually worsening
Tuesdays with Morrie, written by Mitch Albom is a story of the love between a man and his college professor, Morrie Schwartz. This true story captures the compassion and wisdom of a man who only knew good in his heart. A man who lived his life to the fullest up until the very last breath of his happily fulfilled life. It is a story of a special bond of friendship that was lost for many years, but never forgotten and simply picked up again at a crucial time of both Morrie s and Mitch s lives.
Dumping a bucket with cold water over yourself and video taping it for sharing the footage among friends on social media all in good cause seems like a fun and entertaining idea. This is what people in the year of 2014 also thought and the internet phenomenon known as Ice bucket challenges was born. Ice bucket challenges created a hype on social media sites and raised plenty of money for the ALS founds. In this section we will be focusing on the ice bucket challenges and its history.