Lou Gehrig gave his "Luckiest Man" speech on July 4, 1939 at Yankee Stadium. Gehrig had been diagnosed with what is now called ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. His body was failing him, and his career was over. Yet he believed that even as his life was totally changing, he was so lucky to have had the opportunity to play major league baseball for the New York Yankees. He played in a city where the fans loved him. He had played for a great team and a great manager. He was very successful as a baseball player. He had developed fantastic, lifelong friendships. Lou Gehrig realized that he was blessed with a great life, a great family, and wonderful opportunities most people never have. So even though he had a debilitating disease, Lou Gehrig knew how fortunate he was to have had the opportunities he enjoyed throughout his life.