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VIDEO: MLB first basemen recite Lou Gehrig's 'luckiest man' speech

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous "luckiest man on the face of the Earth" speech at Yankee Stadium. He retired two weeks earlier following his ALS diagnosis and passed away two years later.

With the anniversary coming up, MLBAM put together this great video with first basemen around the league reciting the speech, one line at a time. Check it out:

Here is the full text of Gehrig's speech, if you're interested:

"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

"Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky.

"When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift - that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies - that's something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter - that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body -- it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed -- that's the finest I know.

"So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for."

 
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