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Updated on February 22, 2014

Lou Gehrig's Famous Retirement Speech

Lou Gehrig's diagnosis of ALS was made public by his doctors at the Mayo Clinic on June 19, 1939.

As America celebrated Independence Day, approximately 62,000 people celebrated Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939. Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day became Gehrig's retirement party. Lou Gehrig's retirement speech became the most famous in baseball history.

"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 bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for."

A tearful goodbye....
A tearful goodbye....

~ Retirement is wonderful. It's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it. ~ Gene Perret


~ Retire from work, but not from life. ~ M.K. Soni

~ Life begins at retirement. ~ Author Unknown

~ The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. ~ Abe Lemons

~ Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did. ~ Malcolm Forbes

~ I only work every couple of years. I go into retirement between films. ~ Paul Hogan

~ There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working. ~ Robert Half

~ Retirement: It's nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese. ~ Gene Perret


~ Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples. ~

~ Retire? I'm going to stay in show business until I'm the only one left. ~ George Burns

~ The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. ~ Vince Lombardi


~ The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things. ~ Susan Miller

~ In retirement, I look for days off from my days off. ~ Mason Cooley

~ There's one thing I always wanted to do before I quit .... retire! ~ Groucho Marx

~ Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money. ~ Jonathan Clements


~ Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick


~ Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire. ~ Margaret Mead

~ Retirement itself is the best gift. No gold watch could ever top it. ~ Abigail Charleson

~ I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day. ~ Gene Perret

~ When you retire, you switch bosses - from the one who hired you to the one who married you. ~ Gene Perret

~ Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. ~ Samuel Johnson

~ Retirement is the time when you never do all the things you intended to do when you were still working. ~ Unknown Retiree


~ The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income. ~ George Foreman


~ A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job. ~ Ella Harris

~ Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire. ~ Margaret Mead

~ Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. ~ Herbert Asquith

~ You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it. ~ Tennessee Williams

~ The challenge of retirement is how to spend time without spending money. ~ Anonymous

~ A person can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

~ If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. ~ Doug Larson

~ When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. ~ Gail Sheehy

~ The only way to avoid being miserable in retirement is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. ~ George Bernard Shaw


~ In my retirement I go for a short swim at least once or twice every day. It's either that or buy a new golf ball. ~ Gene Perret


~ Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. ~ William Wordsworth

~ Retirement means no pressure, no stress, no heartache... unless you play golf. ~ Gene Perret

~ Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun. ~ Jim Bishop

~ I really stay busy in retirement. I often have to cancel my golf games on the weekends to go play in tennis tournaments. ~ Richard Davies

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    • Bill Monroe profile image

      Bill Monroe 

      3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Retirement can be fun....if you plan! Great piece. Thank you.

      http://www.monroecartoonist.com/retirement-cartoon...

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      CHUKWUNONSO SAMUEL 

      5 years ago from NIGERIA

      cool stuff, i lo it.

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      SUSANJK 

      7 years ago from Florida

      That's about it.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      Say what you will, I love retirement! Every day is Saturday!

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