Celebrate America’s Birthday in Cooperstown with History, Pageantry at Hall of Fame

July 4 at the Museum Features Tribute to the Iron Horse on 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig Day

June 30, 2014
A true gentleman and a tragic figure, Lou Gehrig's consecutive games-played streak ended at 2,130 when he was felled by a disease that later carried his name.

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – On America’s 238th birthday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is the place to be to celebrate the National Pastime – and the 75th anniversary of one of baseball’s iconic moments.

The Museum will honor the Diamond Anniversary of Lou Gehrig Day – held at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939 – with special programming this Friday. The Museum is teaming up with The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter to honor the Hall of Fame first baseman.

The Lou Gehrig celebration is just part of a classic holiday weekend in Cooperstown as the Museum welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Gehrig, diagnosed with ALS in 1939, played in a then-record 2,130 consecutive games before the illness forced him out of the Yankees lineup. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 in a special election before passing away on June 2, 1941.

Special programs offered by the Museum on Friday, July 4 – all included with Museum admission – will feature: 

10 a.m. – The Plaques of the Gallery (Buck O’Neil Award, 1st Floor)
Learn about the history of the Hall of Fame Gallery and the process by which each plaque is made and installed in this 20-minute guided tour.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Operation Gratitude (Learning Center, 1st Floor)
Honor the military personnel and veterans by taking some time out of your visit to write a letter to our soldiers and veterans. All letters will be sent to Operation Gratitude. In honor of the 4th of July we will be handing out American Flags participants in this Museum program.

11 a.m. – Guided Tour: Lou Gehrig (Cooperstown Room, 2nd Floor)
Join our staff as we highlight Lou Gehrig’s career in a guided tour throughout the Museum focusing on artifacts that relate to the Iron Horse.

1 p.m. – Artifact Spotlight: Lou Gehrig (Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor)
Get an up-close look at artifacts highlighting Lou Gehrig’s career not currently on exhibit, and learn about the stories behind them.

2 p.m. – A Tribute to Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” Speech (Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor)
Join us as we remember Lou Gehrig with the showing of a tribute that will feature a first baseman from each Major League team reciting a line from Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech.

3 p.m. – Lou Gehrig Trivia (Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor)
Test your knowledge of Lou Gehrig in this interactive game show. Make your way through nine 'innings' of questions, and win a free year-long membership to the Museum.   

4 p.m. – The Pride of the Yankees (Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor)
Join us for a special screening of this 1942 film starring Gary Cooper and honoring the legendary New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, who died only one year before its release, at age 37, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which later became known as “Lou Gehrig's disease.” 

For more information about Cooperstown and visiting during the July 4th weekend, please visit www.cooperstowngetaway.org.