Major League Baseball commemorated the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s infamous retirement speech for the New York Yankees with the release of a new video. In it, all 30 MLB first baseman, in addition to Yankees captain Derek Jeter, recreate the July 4, 1936 speech in which Gehrig considers himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” The video was released as part of MLB’s effort to raise money for ALS, the disease from which Gehrig died less than two years later.
The Red Sox will pay tribute to Gehrig during Saturday afternoon’s game vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Alexander Kariotis, who lost his brother to ALS, will perform the National Anthem. Wrentham Little League coach Tim Gemelli, who was diagnosed with ALS last October, will also throw a ceremonial first pitch.
The ALS Association, ALS Therapy Development Institute, and Muscular Dystrophy Association will be recognized on the field.