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Dear Lou,
Thank you for all the inspiration you have given me my entire life.
I thank you also for being one of the best and hardest working ballplayers
ever, but most of all for living your life in such a gentlemanly
way that we can be proud to pass on your story to generations of Americans to come.
Thanks again for being you.
One of your biggest fans,
Lucille

 
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Great ball player, great human being.
Look forward to seeing you in the great ball park in the sky.
Tom Evans
 
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Walking through the Columbia campus, I always get chills up my spine every time I set foot on "South Lawn" (what it's now called ever since they moved the ball field uptown), knowing that I am walking, perhaps, on the same ground where Lou Gehrig circled the bases so many years ago.
~PEN~
T<:)

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Your contributions to baseball and to mankind are appreciated even today...you were a legend in every way.
Ali Laipple

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You were one of my favorites and an idol to me. As a die-hard Yankee fan since I was a kid, I always cry when "Pride of the Yankees" comes on. A lot of fan say the Babe was their hero, that's fine. But to me, Lou showed what true pride and professionalism was and always should be. It's sad that is what's missing in today's ballplayers. Hope to name my next child after you, if that's ok with my wife.
your biggest fan,
Jay Gauthreaux

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I know there is a Heaven.  How could someone who meant so much on Earth not mean even more beyond it?  To me, Mr. Gehrig, you define all that is good. 
Save me a place on the bench next to you,
Sara

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YOU ARE A AWESOME BASEBALL PLAYER AND
WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. WE LOVE YOU.
JOELLE

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All I have to say is that I feel that Lou Gehrig was one of the greatest baseball players & people that ever lived. Some may have hit more home runs or stolen more bases, but nobody then or especially now had the class & dignity that he showed.
Greg Cooper

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Lou, I have always considered you one of the greatest ball players of all time, but until I started researching you did I realize how selfless you were and how you defined the meaning of being a good person.  Lou i will be on your team any day.
mj

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I have played HS and Division I college baseball.  I am currently a VP in a global firm.  Without your guidance, I would not be in the position I am in.  Your example has guided me through the years....I will pass your legacy and example to my children.  You represent everything that is good about the game of baseball....and life.
Jason Uyeda

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Hartford Salutes Lou Lewis

You will never be forgotten here in Hartford, Lou Lewis, the boy. Through all your trials here, in becoming the self-confident legend you were yet to become, you showed us how to grow properly from the ground up and to learn to trust the values that hold our lives together. You played out the game on how to become a Man, to overcome adversity and to find yourself and your powers. While you battled here with your bat and glove, with your insecurities and childhood demons kicking and screaming, somehow you found the courage to go forward and to birth Lou Gehrig, The Man.
We knew you before the world discovered you. And we will never forget the few seasons when your spikes tore up our turf in the sacred seasons of summers past. What other Lou Gehrigs may come our way, we were blessed by you and we thank you for letting us watch you win the game of life.
-Gary Goldberg-O'Maxfield

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God makes sure that we never forget the greatness of those who are such wonderful examples of humanity. You touched the lives of so many that knew you then and I'm sure that you know you have touched even more generations that have followed you. Leadership, Teamwork, dedication and more importantly courage are all words when spoken have the picture of Henry Louis Gehrig engraved into them as their defining images. Your life has meant so much to so many of us and from the bottom of my heart I thank God each and every day for your example from which I have learned so much from in all of my 45 years. 

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Lou may have been the luckiest man on the face of the earth, but we who know his pride and excellence are the luckiest fans. Lou's final resting place in Valhalla, NY is a peaceful and serene place, a dignified spot reflective of the man he was. His memory will live in our hearts and minds forever. - K. Kuhner

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Thanks,Lou for being an inspiration to me ever since I was a child of 8 when I first read about you. You will always be a shining example of what an athlete and role model to children should be. Every professional athlete today can learn from your life and how you conducted yourself both on and off the field. Look forward to meeting you some day.
Joe S.
 
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What an extraordinary human being. Lou Gehrig symbolized all that is good and right with the world. On the field and off, what an amazing man -- a true class act. The world needs more guys like Lou. With much love and respect,
Josephine Ricca.
 
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You died before I was ever born, and I never had the opportunity to see you play baseball, except in grainy black and white news clips.  I'm not even a die hard baseball fan.  Yet, I cannot watch "Pride of The Yankees" without my eyes brimming with tears as Gary Cooper repeats your "Luckiest Man in the World" speech. 

 

In a world where heroes are so scarce, and sports figures are not the gentleman you were, you still represent everything that is good and true in any sport -- courage under adversity, humility and the simple pride in doing a job to the best of your ability.  No fanfare, just gratitude for your parents and wife, for your team and for the game.  You faced a desperate, deadly enemy, ALS, with that same dignity, grace and courage.  You are my hero.  I pray that you are whole and happy in heaven, still enjoying your beloved game. 

Your fan,

Lucia

 

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Thank you, Lou, for the courageous inspiration you have given me throughout my life. My mother was one of your biggest fans and taught me the value of your work ethic. God be with you.
-Kim Steinert
 
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Lou:
If there IS a way for you to read this, I would like to ask you for help. Help guide us in the world I live in, to be more resolute. To be more dedicated to something. ANYTHING. To respect, to have faith, to strive, to know what real love is, with love of family, and self. To put everything we have in what we do. Give us the direction we lack for so many reasons. Show us what we lost. For we need to be shown. The young need to know they way this world used to be and should be. Too many young people do not know of you. I cry my eyes out wanting to be in your world. Thank you.
-Anonymous
 
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Even though I never got to see Lou Gehrig play, he has been a major force in the way I try to conduct my life. I have the great fortune of being born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. My mother would take me up to Yankee Stadium every chance she could. We would walk out to center field after the game and look at the monuments and she would tell me about the history of the Yankees and the players who had come before, but she had a special reverence for Gehrig. The grace and dignity of how he played and lived were some of the things she tried to impart to me and those lessons have stayed with me all my life. I would like to thank both Lou and my mother for teaching me what it means to live a truly good life and I will do my best to pass that legacy to every one that I can.
-Anonymous
 
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Dear Lou,
You have always been my Idol even though I am a Red Sox fan. I have always been inspired by not only your work ethic on the field but also by the way you lived your life and the man that you were off the field. When my wife and I found out that we were having a baby boy I told my wife that I wanted to name him Gehrig. She agreed and last week our little baby Gehrig was born. The name to me represents strength, courage, compassion, hard work and loyalty. All the things I want my son to take to heart. Thank you for setting a standard we can all aspire to obtain. One of your biggest fans! - David Drake

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I just wanted to salute such a fine ballplayer and excellent man. The way Lou lived his life and the conduct he displayed are inspiring. His story is one of the saddest things I have ever read yet it is obvious he really did consider himself a lucky man. I am glad he met his soul mate and spent such cherished time with her.

-Kurtis Werowinski

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