Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 7/4/14
Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig spent 17 seasons with the New York Yankees until a degenerative nerve disorder called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), later commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, forced him to quit the game in 1939 at the age of 36. (The disease would claim his life less than two years later.)  Gehrig, who held the record for most consecutive games played with 2,130 until Cal Ripken Jr. passed him on Sept. 6, 1985, will always be remembered for his heartbreaking "Luckiest Man" farewell speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939. With Friday marking the 75th anniversary, MLB.com, helping to raise funds and bring awareness to ALS, produced a video of the Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt and MLB's 29 other starting first basemen (and a cameo by Yankee Derek Jeter) reciting Gehrig's now-iconic oration. Watch it below:
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