#Shortstops: Lessons from Baseball’s Luckiest Man
More than 80 years ago, the Yankees publicly honored their beloved slugger as he battled through amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating disease which still bears his name.
“We’ve been to the wars together;
We took our foes as they came:
And always you were the leader,
And ever you played the game.
Idol of cheering millions:
Records are yours by sheaves:
Iron of frame they hailed you,
Decked you with laurel leaves.
But higher than that we hold you,
We who have known you best;
Knowing the way you came through
Every human test.
Let this be a silent token
Of lasting friendship’s gleam
And all that we’ve left unspoken.
- Your pals of the Yankee team.”
Though Gehrig passed away in 1941, his legacy lived on through his teammates and persists today. He personified integrity, sportsmanship and courage amongst immense hardship.
Garrett Allen was a 2019 programming intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development