This past Fourth of July marked the 75th Anniversary of the iconic farewell to baseball speech, “Luckiest Man”, delivered by Lou Gehrig at the Yankee Stadium in 1939. To this day this address is referred to as one of the most well-known athlete speeches ever given. The former Yankee player used ethical and emotional appeal during the course of his speech to touch the hearts of thousands of fans who loved and respected America’s beloved pastime. His profound use of rhetorical appeal made this speech a homerun. Lou Gehrig effectively utilized ethos and pathos to give one of the most impactful, inspirational, and remembered speeches of all time. Without the strong influence of pathos, “Luckiest Man” would have been just another speech. This …show more content…
During “Luckiest Man”, he is addressing why he is retiring from his beloved sport of baseball. This was already an emotional event in the Yankee Stadium for every fan who enjoyed watching Gehrig play. Yet, he wasn’t asking for pity, and he didn’t focus on the disease. Instead, he took an opposite route and focused on positive moments and the great times he had throughout his career. He said, “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.” He was showing the support and love he was receiving throughout the league, even from his largest opponents. The pathos displayed in the speech is absolutely heart-warming and evokes all kinds of emotions. Gehrig says “… I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.” At this closing point of his …show more content…
He was catching the attention of his fans and letting them know this speech was being given for them, since they helped him reach this point in his career through their unending support. Going into his farewell speech, Gehrig already had some reputable ethos. He was a very well-known athlete at the time, and the American people saw him as a diligent worker, as a man with perseverance, and as someone who displayed constant unpretentiousness and humbleness. People across the nation looked up to this man, before his “Luckiest Man” speech, because they wanted to possess similar qualities as him. Lou Gehrig addresses various people in his life who have impacted him throughout the duration of his major league baseball journey. He spoke about Jacob Ruppert, Ed Barrow, Miller Huggins, and Joe McCarthy who were all respected and known in the time era. Later in his speech, he talked about how blessed he was to have a mother-in-law, a mother and a father, and a wife who all fully supported him and were there for him throughout everything. Using this rhetorical appeal created a nice rapport with the
Ralph spent 11 years in professional baseball occurring a win-loss record of 107-99, ERA of 3.62, and a total of 1,000 strikeouts. Ralph was also a 2x All-Star, 2x World Series Champion, a World Series MVP, and was the AL wins leader in 1962. These accolades occurred during his time with the New York Yankees and were probably his “prime” years as many would say. In Ralph’s best year of baseball in 1962, he tells the story about the night before game 7 where he and many other Yankee players gathered in a hotel room and played a game of seven-card stud. The game eventually came down to him and Yogi, Ralph stayed in the game and called which got him his last card that he needed with a heart flush – the ace of hearts.
Values expressed in the body of this speech The phrase value as used by Lou Gehrig refers to certain actions that the speaker is telling his audience, but values are not a call to take action. In simple terms, values refer to the speaker’s main point of concern, view and expression regarding the sadness of baseball fans. With this regard, there are two values that are highlighted in Lou Gehrig’s speech (Anderson, 2013). First, sadness of baseball fans –Lou Gehrig’s speech highlights how the audience should express and address their feelings appropriately without overshadowing the baseball game.
Or, people could be reading his story and realize that they live their life the same way he did. But no matter what, people that read this book or even those who know Cal, can truly appreciate what he did, and how he lived his life. On the night Cal broke Lou Gehrig's record, President Bill Clinton said to Cal, “He appreciated the kind of career he had, and the standard that he had set” (Courtside Tweets, 2012). Cal’s purpose was very effective because of the way he displayed his
From being a below average hitter to an extraordinary hitter over years in the majors is nothing new to baseball but extraordinary doesn’t even come close to explaining how good of a batter Mark McGwire became after 10 years in the majors. Just to give a little look at how good of a hitter he had become, his first year he had three home runs with a .189 batting average and by his tenth year he had 52 home runs with .312 batting average. That doesn’t even fully explain the extent of McGwire 's hitting. In 1998 he broke the record for most homeruns in a single season, previously held by Roger Maris with 61, with 70. He profoundly made his mark in Mlb history.
His hard-charging career seemed to have caught up with him as his body started to fail him. But Gehrig, who was having trouble simple things like as tying his shoelaces, feared he might be facing something more than just the downslide of a long baseball career. On May 2, 1939, Gehrig voluntarily took himself out of the lineup and his ironman streak came to an end. Not long after, Gehrig retired from baseball.(Biography.com Editors. " Lou Gehrig Biography.
In the workshop, “What baseball taught me about diversity,” Antonio D. Evans explained the way diversity connects to every aspect of playing baseball. His experiences throughout his baseball career taught him how to be culturally diverse and how society can become culturally diverse. He mentions that he played on teams with people who didn’t think like him, act like him or look like him, but he accepted them as a human being. Evans’ also states that baseball is a good teacher of life and you can be bad seventy percent of the time and still be one of the best.
His reverent tone is woven through the entirety of his tribute in the way that he presents Kennedy to the audience as someone deserving of honor and respect. Using tone words throughout his speech helps the audience connect to what Reagan is saying and allows them to better understand what exactly is being said. Reagan respects him as a leader and says how “it is a matter of pride to me that so many men and women who were inspired by his bracing vision and moved by his call to ‘ask not’ serve now in the White House doing the business of the government. ”(Reagan, 6). Since Reagan consistently used positive and admiring words when speaking about Kennedy, the audience would have also seen to respect Kennedy and his contributions to the nation because as the president, Reagan was seen as a credible source.
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. Gehrig uses pathos as a way to connect emotionally with his audience in order to create a sympathetic mood. Gehrig uses pathos very early in the speech when he tells the audience to
The speaker that I have chosen for my G.A.S review would be Lou Gehrig’s farewell address for the baseball committee. The main point of the speech was for people to remember the great legacy he had and his life. He wanted people to know him as a normal person instead of a great and fascinating celebrity. The structure of the speech was built to accommodate his person life and important others, while showing the accomplishment that he has done. It was also a thanks to his sports team for supporting him through the years.
Some people are great athletes; others are great humanitarians, but Roberto Clemente combined both characteristics in one, dynamic package. From his early years as a poor child in Puerto Rico to dizzying heights as a pro baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente’s life is one of inspiration and admiration. “If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don 't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth”. (Roberto Clemente) Roberto Clemente came from a very humble beginning.
Yogi Berra 's life was so much more than baseball he served in the Navy and stormed the beach at Normandy on D-Day. Thinking about his country before himself a quality he exhibited every day in his life. When he talked you listened so many yogi-isms that not only were related to baseball, but life itself every time you hear these a smile should come across your face remembering Barra and his influence on the field and off! Thank you, Yogi Berra Rest in Peace
What Gehrig was arguing for in this speech was that hope was amidst the darkest of times, and he succeeded in doing this as his speech recognized to this day and age. Essentially, his speech comes down to recognizing what is truly important in one’s life. Gehrig felt that he was lucky to find the most important things in his life, and the final statement of his speech that summarizes his look on life: “…I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live
He finishes the speech a final reiteration of his concession refutation to maximize the impact of his speech, "... I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for." The appeal that Gehrig tries to evoke throughout his oration, and does with considerable success, is pathos. Gehrig, with a tone of incredible gratitude, begins to speak about the fans, how grateful he is been for their support and that they are all "grand fellows" .