“Don’t think I am depressed or pessimistic about my condition at present,” Lou Gehrig wrote following his retirement from baseball. Struggling against his ever-worsening physical condition, he added, “I intend to hold on as long as possible and then if the inevitable comes, I will accept it philosophically and hope for the best. That’s all we can do.”

Lou Gehrig’s house at 5204 Delafield Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. This house is adjacent to the east side of the Henry Hudson Parkway. Gehrig moved to this house from New Rochelle in order to satisfy a residency requirement for Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s appointment as New York City Parole Commissioner. Gehrig died in the house at 10:10 p.m. on June 2, 1941. The house is marked by a plaque indicating that Gehrig lived there.

A quiet, humble, modest and patient man, shown here playing patience at home,

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Lou Gehrig was one of those men who was simply:

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better than other men:

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in all the ways that a man can be better than other men.

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His illness, a rare form of adult polio, was cruel in so many ways, reducing a man of iron to a helpless invalid:

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a cruelty compounded many times over as his illness, principally evinced by severe and ever more debilitating weakness, is a disease that now bears that iron man’s name:

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Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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No, Sir, Life is not fair.

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In a world today, so long devoid of genuine heroes, we remember Lou as a true hero:

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A man who never gave up, never felt sorry for himself and fought life’s battles to the bitter final end.

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All men who walk on this earth must die.

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How a man lives and how he dies:

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Now:

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That is the mark of  distinction between an ordinary man and a:

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Champion.

A rare, private and very different sort of man, a poor boy who grew into a powerful man who read books and attended Columbia University and was likewise as agile as a gazelle and could hit with a power that was frightening to watch.

New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia called Gehrig “the greatest prototype of good sportsmanship and citizenship” and Postmaster General James Farley concluded his speech by predicting,

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“For generations to come, boys who play baseball will point with pride to your record.”

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3 thoughts on ““Don’t think I am depressed or pessimistic about my condition at present,” Lou Gehrig wrote following his retirement from baseball. Struggling against his ever-worsening physical condition, he added, “I intend to hold on as long as possible and then if the inevitable comes, I will accept it philosophically and hope for the best. That’s all we can do.”

  1. Mr. Begg, I finally looked you up today, 1 June 2014, after meeting you on a park bench at the Geo Mason memorial w your wife on 10 April 14. You spoke for a long time about Presidents and so many fascinating things. Now that my birthday is over (31st of May), I took some time to read. And what reading I found on your website! My Father, Lou, is dying from Colon Cancer, so the Lou Gehrig story was inspiring. And my Father’s parents and brother also came from Germany, so the story of Hitler and Tandy was interesting & informative. My Father used to say his Mother liked King George, and isn’t it funny that I moved from North Pole, Alaska to King George, VA?

    Anyways, don’t forget to put the “be” in the small sentence that says, “Rejoice & be Glad.” Bad habit of mine to proofread. Need a proofreader? Just kidding. It was a pleasure meeting you. – Patricia

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