July 4 photo gallery: Lou Gehrig
As America once again celebrates another national birthday, Page 2 would like to call attention to other historic July 4 happenings, such as
• July 4, 1888: The first professional rodeo in America is held in Prescott, Ariz.
• July 4, 1919: Jack Dempsey brutally defeats Jess Willard to capture the world heavyweight title in Toledo, Ohio.
• July 4, 1934: Joe Louis wins his professional debut by knocking out Jack Kracken in Chicago.
• July 4, 2006: The Cleveland Indians hit six home runs and pound out a 19-1 victory over the New York Yankees on George Steinbrenner's 76th birthday.
Those are just a few of the historic happenings on July 4. Take a peek at some of these indelible sports images from Independence Days past.
July 4, 1939: Legendary Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig delivered his famous "Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech between games of a doubleheader against Washington in front of more than 60,000 fans at Yankee Stadium.