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Lou Gehrig’s Heartbreaking Letter of Optimism

May 16, 2014

On June 19, 1939, the doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota diagnosed Lou Gehrig with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It was the beloved Yankees first baseman’s 36th birthday. The prognosis was unequivocal: a rapid decline and a life expectancy of just three more years.


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