Life Day 23720: Lou Gehrig Retires

June 21, 2012 at 10:25 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning baseball fans. Today is Thursday, June 21, 2012. On this date in 1939, Lou Gehrig announced that he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and would retire from the New York Yankees effective immediately. Although he spent most of his illustrious career in the shadow of Babe Ruth, he managed to put together quite a number of records including playing in 2130 consecutive games (which was only curtailed due to his retirement), and  most career “grand slams” (23). (His record for most consecutive games stood until broken by Cal Ripkin Jr in 1995).  He had a lifetime batting average of .340, a lifetime “on-base percentage” of .447, and a lifetime “slugging” percentage of .632. He was nicknamed “The Iron Horse” because of his stamina. He was truly one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He succumbed to his illness on June 2, 1941.

On this date in 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth State to ratify the U.S. Constitution, thus making it the “law of the land”. On this date in 1964, three Civil Rights workers went missing in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Their bodies were found about 6 weeks later, and eight Ku Klux Klan members were convicted of their murder, although none served more that 6 years in prison. The movie Mississippi Burning is loosely based on these events. Also, on this date in 1945, after a protracted battle of nearly three months, United States forces gained control of the Japanese island of Okinawa.

If you were born on this day, you share your birthday with the following illustrious personalities. Jane Russell (1921), Ocie (O.C.) Smith (1932), Ron (Tarzan) Ely (1938), Ray (the Kinks) Davies (1944), Meredith Baxter-Birney (1947), Leo Sayer (1948), Kathy Mattea (1959), Juliette Lewis (1973), and Prince William (1982).

The only holiday worth mentioning today happens to be food related. Today is National Peaches and Cream Day. I am trying to eliminate dairy from my diet, but a couple of peaches for a snack this afternoon sounds just “peachy”.

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