Welcome to the website for the Lou Gehrig Day Committee!
You’ve heard Lou Gehrig’s iconic “Luckiest Man Alive” speech countless times. Close your eyes and you can see him in black-and-white, bowing his head in front of the steel microphones and wiping away tears as he bid farewell to baseball. You can feel the 62,000 fans in Yankee Stadium collectively chanting “We Want Lou” as the Iron Horse stood in front of the crowd one last time — not long before a little-known disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) would take his life.
But what you may not know about that speech is that it was made on Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day. It’s time to bring that back. For every person with ALS fighting like hell for a cure just like Lou did.
It’s time to have an official, league-wide Lou Gehrig Day that honors his legacy: Not just in one stadium, but in all of baseball.
Our mission is to establish an annual league-wide Lou Gehrig Day to 1) honor the life and legacy of Lou Gehrig and 2) help raise awareness for ALS.