Honoring Lou Gehrig Day

Above picture via MLB

Baseball has been a mainstay topic for JCCI over the years, from having former Major Leaguer and Technical Advisor for the Orix Buffaloes, Hideo Nomo as an honorary award recipient in 2009; World Series MVP Hideki Matsui as recipient of the Eagle-on-the-World at the Gala in 2013; and former Manager of the New York Mets and Chiba Lotte Marines, Bobby Valentine as an honorary award recipient in 2006. Members have also been able to receive discount Yankees tickets on select games.

As we are strong followers and fans of the sport, we are pleased to hear that Major League Baseball will honor the inauguration of Lou Gehrig Day on June 2nd, the day the Yankee Hall of Famer joined the New York Yankees in 1925. Gehrig, known as the “Iron Horse”, also died on that day in 1941 at the age of 37 after a long battle with ALS. This day will serve as a cause for remembrance, awareness, and celebration of Gehrig and his legacy to end ALS.

Throughout his career, he played in 2,130 consecutive games, had a .340 career batting average, 493 home runs, 1,995 RBIs, and 23 grand slams.

According to MLB, the focus of the day will be based on three pillars: “remembering the legacy of Gehrig and all those lost to the disease that bears his name, raising awareness and funds for research of ALS, and celebrating the groups and individuals who have led the pursuit for cures.”

ALS awareness has been around well before this year, as Pete Frates kickstarted the Ice Bucket Challenge five years ago, which raised more than $200 million.

Special charitable auctions, events, merchandise, and ceremonial first pitches are expected on this day throughout the league.

What makes baseball a true hallmark of tradition isn’t only for the game itself, but also for its history. As Gehrig himself mentioned in his poignant July 4, 1939 speech, “I have an awful lot to live for.”

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