NEW YORK – Major Baseball is hosting his first Lou-Gehrig Day on June 2, adding former New York Yankees star Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente to the shortlist of players honored by the Majors.
Each local team will then display “4-ALS” logos at the stadium to honor No. 4 that Gherig is wearing. All players, who receive coaches, will wear a note that highlights this day, in addition to being able to wear red cuffs marked “4-ALS”.
Teams on leave June 2 respect this day on the 3rd.
MLB said Thursday that the day will serve to draw attention to fundraising and research to find ways to cure amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou-Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative disease. Which attacks nerve cells that control muscles throughout the body.
June 2 marks the 96th anniversary of Gehrig’s first start at first base for the Yankees as a replacement for Willy Pipp. He will play a total of 2130 starts. This mark was not struck until September 1995 by Cal Ripken Jr., of the Baltimore Orioles. Ripken will play 2,632 games in a row.
Gehrig died of ALS at the age of 37 on June 2, 1941. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.
Major Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that “Gehrig’s humility and courage continue to inspire our society,” adding that “the urgent need to find solutions remains.”
MLB players helped raise millions of dollars in 2014 with the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Yankees often mark the anniversary of Gehrig’s farewell speech on July 4, 1939.