Baseball is doing right by Lou Gehrig and everyone else with the disease that bears his name:
On July 4, the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s immortal “luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech, Major League Baseball will help fight the disease that bears the name of its doomed hero.
In 15 home ballparks that day, baseball will seek to raise money and awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S., known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which currently has no cure. Major League Baseball will announce the details of this program Tuesday.
One would think that A.L.S. would have been, for lack of a better term, baseball’s “official disease” long before now, but this event is a first, and it was spurred by, of all things, a Newsweek article written by a law professor with A.L.S. last November. Better late than never, of course.