4 Jul 1939
Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans...
...So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but...”
— Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939