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May 1, 2003, Cooperstown, NY.

The ALS Association (ALSA) has gained permission from the Baseball Hall of Fame to hold a 3-day celebration of Gehrig's 100th birthday at that Hall, staring on June 16, 2003.  Festivities include private tours of the Hall and Gehrig artifacts, an exhibition game on Doubleday Field, and an optional viewing of Pride of the Yankees.  Sounds like a dream for any Gehrig fan, right?  Alas, it's a dream for the wealthiest of Gehrig's fans - the admittance fee is a "donation" of $10,000 per couple.
For shelling out ten grand, the couple will enjoy said privelages and also be treated to the opportunity to rub elbows with (little-known) Hall of Famers while sipping cocktails, limo service, and golf at an elite course.
Some of Gehrig's most loyal fans are put off by the "exclusive affair," as the ALSA calls it.  The average baseball fan could not afford $10,000 plus travel expenses.  Some feel the viewing of Pride of the Yankees should be required.  Still others find the entire event distasteful in honoring a man who never rode in a limo, rarely drank a cocktail, and usually disregarded the sport with greens fees.

Written by S. Kaden, with research aid from L. Lasky-Nuzzi