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Gehrig was Yankees' Gibraltar

More Info on Lou Gehrig

Farewell address

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
By and about Lou Gehrig

Quotes by Gehrig

  • "It's a pretty big shadow. It gives me lots of room to spread myself."
    --On living in Babe Ruth's shadow

  • "There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all."
    --His response to segregated baseball, widely attributed

  • "You have to get knocked down to realize how people really feel about you. I've realized that more than ever lately. The other day, I was on my way to the car. It was hailing, the streets were slippery and I was having a tough time of it. I came to a corner and started to slip. But before I could fall, four people jumped out of nowhere to help me. When I thanked them, they all said they knew about my illness and had been keeping an eye on me." --To Jack Sher, shortly before his death, quoted in Sport, October 1948

    About Lou Gehrig

  • "He just went out and did his job every day."
    --Bill Dickey

  • "Lou, it took 'em 15 years to get you out of there. They get me out in 15 minutes!"
    --Lefty Gomez to Gehrig after he missed his first game after 2,130 consecutive games

  • "...the words, 'Dahlgren, first base,' stunned the crowd into a moment of unplanned silence, which was followed by the unprecedented sound of several thousand people sighing in unison. Then Gehrig trudged up to the plate, carrying the lineup card without his name on it. It was one of the most moving moments in sports history, high drama of the sort you cannot make up."
    --Art Hill from I Don't Care If I Never Come Back

  • "He was a symbol of indestructibility--a Gibraltar in cleats."
    --Jim Murray

  • "A man, a gentleman and a great ballplayer whose amazing record of 2,130 consecutive games should stand for all time. This memorial is a tribute from the Yankee players to thier beloved captain and teammate."
    --Inscription on the monument to Lou Gehrig in Yankee Stadium

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