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Summertime marks the annual celebration of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig’s legendary farewell speech to baseball

June 2, 2019

It was on July 4, 1939 that Major League Baseball legend Lou Gehrig stood before his loyal fans at Yankee Stadium and declared himself to be, “The luckiest man on the face of the earth.” It was on that day that so many Americans first became aware of a disease that few had heard of before – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – which would thereafter be known to millions as "Lou Gehrig’s Disease" in remembrance of the beloved Hall of Famer. He died less than two years after that famous farewell speech on June2, 1941.

The ALS Association has been on the forefront of research, care services, and public policy initatives since it was formed in 1985, and is committed to search for effective treatments and a cure for ALS.  Every year, we join with our friends and partners in the baseball community, to remember Lou Gehrig and to participate in events to raise awareness about ALS to thousands of baseball fans.  This year, you can celebrate Lou Gehrig's legacy and help fight ALS at one of these fun baseball games near you!

  • Thursday, July 4-   The Fresno Grizzlies will host the 7th Annual Fourth of July ALS Awareness Day and Fireworks Extravagenza! It will be a special evening to honor the 80th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's farewell speech to baseball before they battle against the Tacoma Rainiers. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and give out information about The ALS Association Golden West Chapter and the National ALS Registry. It's a 5:30 pm start time, and at the end of the game there will be a firework display that is considered to be the best in Central Valley. A portion of the proceeds from our ticket sales will benefit the Central Valley Walk to Defeat ALS. To purchase tickets, please visit our special Grizzlies ticket page. For more questions, please contact Tammy Galt, Regional Director of Community Outreach in Central California at tgalt@alsagoldenwest.org or 559-285-0074.

  • Sunday, August 11 – “It’s time for Dodgers Baseball!” Join us as we partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers for our 5th annual ALS Awareness game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. It's a 1:10 pm start time, and a Kids Run the Bases game where kids, aged 14 and under, can run the bases after the game! A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Golden West Chapter.  To purchase tickets, please visit our special Dodgers ticket page to purchase your tickets. For more information, contact Jessica Partida, Regional Director of Community Outreach in Southern California at jpartida@alsagoldenwest.org.

  • Wednesday, August 14 –Come to Oracle Park for the 10th annual ALS Awareness Game with the San Francisco Giants. This special "Battle-of-the-Bay" game against the Oakland Athletics starts at 12:45 pm, but game starts at 12:45 pm, but be sure to be in your seats by noon for a special on-field presentation honoring people living with ALS and their families. There will be a limited number of complimentary tickets available for people with ALS plus one (1) caregiver or family member. For more information, contact us at baseball@alsagoldenwest.org. Additional tickets are now available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Golden West Chapter!
  • Thursday, August 22-   Come to Oakland Coliseum on Thursday, August 22, for the 7th annual Oakland A's ALS Awareness Game to help raise awareness and show your support for our ALS community! The Oakland A's will be going up against the New York Yankees. Proceeds raised will benefit the collaborative project with The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, ALS Cure, and ALS TDI. Tickets are available for purchase now!