Lou Gehrig Farewell To Baseball Speech Analysis

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Casey Shaul Ms. Harwood English 1102 January 27, 2015 Farewell to Baseball Lou Gehrig was one of the best baseball players on the Yankee’s team. He was given the nickname the Iron Horse for his toughness and commitment to baseball. He played 2,130 games in a row until he hit age 36 and was unfortunately diagnosed with the crippling disease. On July 4, 1939, a ceremony was held for Gehrig to honor everything he had done and put forth towards the team, and he was asked to make a speech. The way he spoke about his life-altering experience and what he chose to actually say surprised everyone. Lou could have been sorrowful and filled with pity, but instead he spoke of the things he was grateful for and why he considered himself lucky. With factors such as…show more content…
The fact that the text of this document is a speech means that thousands of people not only heard his voice, but also got to see him speak. By people hearing and seeing him fight back tears as he spoke, the speech became emotional and he gained a stronger connection to the audience. Lou wrote the speech himself, which added an even more personal correlation and made it more meaningful to anyone who listened since it came from the heart. The audience at the stadium sitting before him was mainly family, friends, and fans of Lou, so when he spoke and looked at everyone, he sounded more sincere when directing the speech towards them. The whole purpose of the event was to recognize what a great baseball player Lou was, so by him identifying the fact that he played with other famous players and won awards and trophies, this strengthened the argument. The setting of the ceremony tops it all off. Having this huge event take place at the Yankee Stadium itself was an honor and proves that Lou really was one of the most talented baseball players of all
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