MLB Announces Annual Lou Gehrig Day (June 2nd)!
A few months back, our Editor-in-Chief Paul Semendinger talked with Adam Wilson, the man behind promoting the idea of an MLB-wide “Lou Gehrig Day” for raising awareness about ALS.
Today, we are happy to share that the MLB has announced that June 2nd will be the inaugural Lou Gehrig Day (MLB 4 ALS)!
June 2 will forever be known as Lou Gehrig Day. Each year, we will celebrate his legacy and honor those we’ve lost to ALS. Together, we will help in the fight against this disease. #4ALS pic.twitter.com/jFP0Z7ym6L — MLB (@MLB) March 4, 2021
Exclusive at ESPN: Major League Baseball will hold an annual Lou Gehrig Day on June 2 after a group of people affected by ALS banded together to convince teams and the league to honor him like they do Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente. News at ESPN: https://t.co/sqAckJvsOi — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 4, 2021
🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 THIS. IS. HAPPENING!!! There will be a Lou Gehrig Day in baseball this season! Thanks to @MLB and all 30 teams for making this happen and thanks to YOU all for your support of #LG4Day! Read more here: https://t.co/5zqFfNjFzC https://t.co/ZFKpEeSuHT pic.twitter.com/ardlsMgZo1 — Lou Gehrig Day (@LG4Day) March 4, 2021
Lou Gehrig Day (June 2nd):
Throughout the recent years MLB on two occasions the sport takes a day to recognize the achievements of lost legends: once on April 15th for Jackie Robinson Day (honoring the day he broke the color barrier) and once in September to honor Roberto Clemente. Today, that list will add the Hall of Fame New York Yankees first baseman, Lou Gehrig.
To be celebrated annually on June 2nd, a date chosen in honor of the day he gave the famous “Luckiest Man” speech in 1939, all 30 teams around the MLB will don uniforms with new patches to honor Gehrig. However, it is more than just honoring a great man and baseball player and will serve as a yearly day to raise awareness and money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research.
Largely brought about by groups like Adam Wilson’s advocacy group “LG4ALS”, we here at SSTN are incredibly proud of his work and desire to make things like this happen.
To learn more about this news, check out the MLB press release, here.
To learn more about how groups like LG4ALS got to this point, check out Jeff Passan’s ESPN article, here.
To learn more about LG4ALS, check out their website, here.