The Wright Stuff
When they called I couldn’t believe it. I just laughed. I can’t tell you how funny this is because I didn’t throw a ball when I was eight let alone at almost 80.
Wright’s attitude lasted until she was asked by the Yankees to throw out the first pitch before a game on July 4, 1998. The franchise celebrates the date every season because it was on July 4, 1939, that Gehrig gave his famous “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech. “The Iron Horse,” suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 and passed away in 1941 at the age of 37.
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