The Playing Days of Lou Gehrig When it comes to baseball, there have been a few high caliber players who become American icons. Lou Gehrig became that icon of the era in which he thrived. While he spent much of his career in the shadow of Babe Ruth, eventually Lou Gehrig would emerge from Ruth’s shadow and represent the values of the 1930’s. In a world of uncertainty caused by the threat of war and a continuing economic depression, Lou Gehrig stood as a show of confidence until Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis put an abrupt end to his playing days. His rise from a modest upbringing coupled with his spirit would serve both as story and a testimony to what hard work and personal strength could accomplish. Through his career in baseball Gehrig …show more content…
The United States had sought a policy of isolationism since the 1920s, choosing to not entangle itself with alliances. However, the actions of Imperialist Japan and Hitler made Americans question the ability of America to turn a blind eye to international events. For the poverty-stricken boys living in crowded impoverished cities in the 1930s, Gehrig served as a testimony of what a man can accomplish through virtue of character. By 1933, America had been deeply entangled in economic depression and the threat of war hung in the balance. While the 1920s was a time of decadence, escapism, and consumption, uncertainty had spoiled the beginning of the 30s, the rest moved …show more content…
In the uncertain times of the 1930s Gehrig was one of the few sure things. You could count on him to show up, play like hell, go home, and do it again tomorrow. Gehrig represented will power, and was a testament to what hard work could accomplish. He was a beacon of hope for a chaotic America. On May 3, 1939, Gehrig sat the bench for the Yankees. He slowed down in an eight game slump, but there was obviously something else wrong with him as the people noticed his muscle strength fading away. On June 22, 1939, shortly after he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, it was announced that he was retiring from baseball. However, although he was retiring he was far from being over. In 1940, Gehrig became the first ever baseball player to have his number retired. Lou Gehrig, the very definition of determination and strength, would soon be gone and everyone wanted him to know just how much he had meant to the
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Former Yankee’s baseball player, Lou Gehrig, in his speech, Farewell to Baseball Address delivers a heartfelt goodbye to reveal his retirement to the world on July 4, 1939. Gehrig’s purpose is to let his fans know that he is happy and he has had a wonderful life. He adopts an appreciative tone while using pathos, ethos, and repetition to attempt to sooth his fans and the rest of the world. He begins his speech by expressing how he feels he as if he is the luckiest man because of his fans and the life he has led, “Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth” (1).
(Biography) After a terrible start to the 1939 season, he ended up benching himself and on June 19th, 1939 after 6 days of testing it was determined that Lou Gehrig the Iron Horse had ALS ending his baseball career. (American Classic) His consecutive game streak of 2,130 ended on May 2, 1939 when he didn’t feel like playing
Jackie Robinson: A Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson went through a lot in his life, wanting to play baseball, fighting for what he believed in, and mostly segregation. Jackie Robinson was a baseball legend and an American hero. He played baseball and fought for what he believed in. Jackie’s very first baseball game in the majors, over 50 years ago, April, 18 1946. He had a total of 4 runs in his opening game for the Dodgers.
JACKIE ROBINSON 3 Jackie Robinson: A Baseball Player Like No Other Jackie Robinson lived during a time full of hate and discrimination, but he changed American history on and off of the field by breaking the Major League Baseball color barrier and fighting alongside Martin Luther King Jr. for civil rights. Jack Roosevelt Robinson, commonly called Jackie, made his name well known before his days in Major League Baseball (MLB). Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia during the year 1919. Jackie Robinson was first introduced into the spotlight while playing multiple sports at Pasadena Junior College and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Logan Matson Mrs. Hitchcock Language Arts 2 February 2023 Jackie Robinson and his Life Who was Jackie Robinson, what was he known for, and why was he important? These are the questions you may ask about Jackie Robinson. To begin, Jackie Robinson was an African American who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was known for breaking the color barrier in baseball. He was important because he stood for equal rights but that's not all the reasons why he was important.
The Sox played him on the outfield and at first base, leading 11 homers and .300 batting average. In the 1918 World Series he won both his starts with 1.06 earned run average and In 1919 Babe Ruth only pitched 17 times in 130 games, hitting 29 home runs which broke the major league home run record. Hitting 54 homeruns and breaking his own record by hitting 59 in less than 10 seasons was when Ruth made his mark as baseballs “all-time home run leader”. Ruth’s success on the field was matched by a lifestyle that catered perfectly to a fast lifestyle. On May 25, 1935 an overweight but greatly diminished babe Ruth reminded his fans for the last time, of his greatness in a single game.
Lou Gehrig, a name commonly placed with the disease ALS, however, Lou Gehrig was more than just a face for a disease. He was a phenomenal baseball player, a true American hero, a son, a husband and an idol to many. Many say that if one looks up the word “ballplayer” in the dictionary there is an image of Lou Gehrig sitting there as the definition. Lou Gehrig was born June 19, 1903 in New York City, the son of German immigrants, Christina Flack and Heinrich Gehrig. His parents had four children and Lou was the only one that survived past infancy.
“Farewell to Baseball” Gehrig’s Heartfelt Speech In life there are two ways to look at things, it can be seen as having a glass half full or a glass half empty. Lou Gehrig, a world famous baseball player diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, decided to take an optimistic approach on July 4, 1939. With his heart melting speech of how there is life after being diagnosed with a chronic illness and an ending career in major league baseball. He expresses his gratitude immensely, specifically for his family.
Robinson's arrival in the major leagues in 1947 changed the game of baseball and helped to pave the way for greater equality and civil rights. Robinson's impact on American society was felt far beyond the baseball diamond, and his legacy continues to inspire people to this day. Robinson's story is a reminder of the power of perseverance and the importance of fighting for what is right. Branch Rickey was a pioneering figure in the world of baseball, best known for his role in breaking down the color barrier that had long kept African American players out of the major leagues.
His actions off the field got him in trouble with the Major League. He was married to his wife Helen and did not have a good relationship with her because of his bad habits and actions. Helen and Ruth split up, he then later married a model. His bad decisions effected stayed with him forever. He missed his dream chances of being a manager because no one wanted to take responsibility for him incase he created a bad reputation for the ball
The retirement of the Yankees best player, and stars the best people on the team. In 1935 Babe ruth had a bad year and him the the president of the yankees decided it was time for him to retire then again he was also forty years old and he was holding the team down. With the yankees he stats was outstanding he had a .342 batting average 714 home runs 2,873 hits 2,200 plus runs batted in he played every position he even pitched and his win loss ratio was 94-46 which is a great ratio and is outstanding that he played every position in baseball and done so good for each of them. This is what reporters say make him the best played in baseball and they say pitches can’t hit but then you look at Babe Ruth’s stats and change your mind. Lou Gehrig retired in 1939 he was also a outstanding all around baseball player he had a career batting average .340 he had a slugging percentage of .632 was he average a year.
Jackie Robinson The First African-American Baseball Player 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.
On Saturday, April 15 every major league player shall wear a special, retired number which nobody wears anymore. It is 42 in tribute to the late Jackie Robinson who became the first black player in the big leagues on the same date 70 years ago. Robinson is celebrated as the breaker of the color barrier, one of the best baseball players of his generation, fittingly a legendary figure, and a gentleman. He was an innovator, and the name Branch Rickey the devoutly Christian and highly successful executive who signed him to a contract and nurtured his early playing career is seemingly etched in history along with Robinson.