Assessing the structure and impact of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech

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Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest man on the face of the Earth” speech. It’s hard to think of any moment in baseball history of greater eloquence, emotion and grace:

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Today Richard Sandomir has a fantastic feature on Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech over at Sports On Earth. He talks about both the original and Gary Cooper’s version from “Pride of the Yankees.” He discusses the structure of the speech itself, the ways it helped elevate Gehrig and how, in turn, Gehrig’s stature helped elevate the words. And how Cooper’s version, while cinematic, may have preserved the original in our cultural memory when it may have otherwise been forgotten.

You’ve seen or heard the speech several times. It’s neat to look at it from this new and interesting angle.