Today marks the first official Lou Gehrig Day across Major League Baseball.
The Hall of Fame first baseman from the New York Yankees famous "Murderers' Row" lineup, including Babe Ruth, is considered one of the greatest players of all time and arguably the best at his position.
So why today? Why make June 2 Lou Gehrig Day? Well, as you probably know, the Iron Horse, as they used to call him, passed away 80 years ago on this date after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Across the league, today, players and coaches will be wearing patches with the number 4 and ALS on their jerseys. During the fourth inning of tonight's games, they will air a special video of former New Orleans Saint Sean Gleason reading part of Gehrigs popular "luckiest man on the face of the Earth" speech.
This Fourth of July weekend, the MLB, along with Candy Digital, will be offering their first NFT, a clip of Lou Gehrig giving his heartfelt speech to the sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium back in 1939.
There is no doubt that Gehrig is one of the best to ever do it on the field, but today shows that his impact was way bigger than anything baseball could have offered him. Eighty years after his death and MLB is still making a point to help bring attention to this horrible disease that has impacted so many people.
All teams who are off today will celebrate Lou Gehrig Day tomorrow.