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Lou Gehrig still resonates with modern baseball players

RedHawks share their thoughts on the legendary Yankee 75 years after he proclaimed himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
by Jacob Unruh Published: July 5, 2014

Oklahoma City infielder Matt Duffy knows about the impact Lou Gehrig had on baseball.

He also knows the impact amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease — has on a person.

Growing up south of Boston in Milton, Mass., Duffy has become aware of former Boston College center fielder Pete Frates’ battle with ALS through friends back home.

That alone has had a huge impact.

“I don’t know him personably, but I know the story,” Duffy said of the Hall of Fame first baseman. “It’s opened my eyes to the disease and I’ve done some research on it and can see how bad it is. It’s unfortunate they don’t have a cure for it yet, but I know they’re working on it.”

Major League Baseball spent the past week honoring Gehrig for the 75th anniversary of his famous speech at Yankee Stadium where he proclaimed himself, “the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” despite battling ALS.

It’s a speech that has had an impact on many in and out of the game, and the RedHawks’ first basemen are no different.

“It gives me chills,” Marc Krauss said. “You put yourself into that position understanding where he was coming from, knowing what he did at the time and facing the unknown that he had.

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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