This Friday marks 75 years since Lou Gehrig bid farewell to baseball with his famous "Luckiest Man" speech at Yankee Stadium.
The Hall of Famer was battling the nerve disorder ALS -- which would come to be known as Lou Gehrig's Disease -- when he insisted he had plenty to be thankful for on July 4th, 1939.
"Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth," Gehrig told the crowd. "When you look around wouldn't you consider it a privilege to associate yourself with such fine looking men as are standing in uniform in this ballpark today. I might've been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for."
Gehrig died less than two years later.
In honor of the speech's anniversary Major League Baseball is donating $300,000 to organizations that fight Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Teams will also wear a commemorative patch Friday in Gerhig's honor.