Lou Gehrig Day
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Annual Lou Gehrig Day Implemented By Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball added a day of remembrance to their league-wide schedule starting for the 2021 season. Like Jackie Robinson Day, Lou Gehrig Day will begin annually on June 2. The message of the celebration is not only an appreciation of the Hall of Fame first baseman but to people who’ve lost loved ones to Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS. Gehrig fought against the disease for years and ended up dying from it on June 2, 1941.

Players will wear a patch on their jerseys on June 2 which will commemorate the legendary first baseman as well as saying “4-ALS”. Four was his number when he played for the Yankees. The ultimate goal in the day is to raise money for continued ALS research as well as remembering ALS movements such as the LG4Day Committee which put it in motion and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Songwriter Bryan Wayne Galentine conceived the idea for a day of remembrance picturing it like Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente. He was close with the ALS community. With a few partners, he planned out how to get Major League Baseball on their side. The group called LG4Day grew to enormous heights even attracting baseball players like Colorado’s Sam Hilliard and Oakland’s Stephen Piscotty. Sadly, Galentine succumbed to the deadly disease on October 22, 2020. This was a mere two days after all thirty Major League Baseball teams signed for a Lou Gehrig Day. He and the people around him never gave up, contributing to the reason why there is now a Lou Gehrig Day.

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