Today, Major League Baseball is marking its second annual Lou Gehrig Day event throughout the league.
Held on the anniversary of Gehrig’s untimely death at the age of 38 in 1941, Lou Gehrig Day helps spread awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, while also holding auctions of game-used memorabilia. Money raised from these auctions will go to the Sean M. Healey and AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
All Major League Baseball players will wear special Lou Gehrig Day “4 ALS” patches on their jerseys during today’s games as well as having the option to wear red “4 ALS” wristbands. The jersey patch is a navy blue and white circle with the MLB logo and “LOU GEHRIG DAY” in grey with “4 ALS” above on blue in white and red.
The logo for Lou Gehrig Day this year shows an illustration of Gehrig wearing his Yankees pinstripes, posed with his elbow on his knee holding his head up. Gehrig is shown with a sly smile on his face.
Some details on the charitable auction component of Lou Gehrig Day from the league:
Beginning on June 2, MLB will run a special charitable auction at https://auctions.mlb.com to benefit the Healey & AMG Center for ALS. The auction will feature 30 autographed and authenticated Lou Gehrig Day Commemorative Baseballs (one for each MLB Club). As part of this auction, fans can bid on a Priceless® New York Yankees™ experience! This experience – brought to you by Mastercard and sALSa (Spreading ALS Awareness) for a Cure – will benefit the Healey & AMG Center for ALS. The experience includes an opportunity for ten people to attend a private meal with a former Yankees player on August 19th, complete with tickets to the Yankees game that evening. sALSa for a Cure is a grassroots campaign created in 2016 by Mastercard employees to raise ALS awareness and funds for effective treatment methods, benefiting the Healey & AMG Center for ALS. Priceless® New York Yankees™ experience will be available to fans starting on June 2nd.– Major League Baseball
ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that can strike anyone at any time. People with ALS lose the ability to control their muscles, which affects their ability to walk, talk, eat, and eventually breathe. There are an estimated 20,000- 30,000 people living with ALS. There is no significant treatment to extend life or cure ALS, but there are currently several potential treatments in late-stage clinical trials.
Lou Gehrig played seventeen seasons in the Major Leagues from 1923 until 1939, all of which with the New York Yankees whom he joined as a 19-year-old. In his time with the Yankees, “The Iron Horse” was selected to seven All-Star Games, won six World Series championships, took home two American League MVP awards, won the Triple Crown, and was part of the first class to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. Gehrig is most famous for his ironman streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, a record once considered unbreakable until Cal Ripken, Jr. did so in 1995, 56 years after Gehrig had set it.