On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivered his famous farewell speech, in which he called himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth," before a sold-out Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees' first baseman, nicknamed the "Iron Horse," wiped away tears during the speech, in which he announced his retirement in front of 60,000 fans, jammed into Yankee Stadium.

Gehrig died in New York, June 2, 1941, his record breaking career cut short by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neuromuscular disease.