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Lou Gehrig announces his affliction...



Item # 567921

June 22, 1939

THE BETHLEHEM GLOBE TIMES, Pennsylvania, June 22, 1939 

* Baseball star Lou Gehrig announces his affliction 

The sports page of this issue carries a significant report in the world of baseball history, with one column heads noting: "Gehrig Says He Will Fight Off Paralysis" "Lou Afflicted With Hardening of Tissues and Muscles in the Spinal Region" "Slowed His Reflexes" (see).

The text includes: "...He has gradually resigned himself to the realization that his baseball career has ended...'Going to the Mayo Clinic  was the best move I ever  made..." with much more, including comments from fellow players and others (see photos).

Included is the report is a nice photo of Lou Gehrig as well, headed: "Paralysis Stops Lou Gehrig" (see).

His affliction was actually ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), now more commonly referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease".

Complete in 22 pages, very nice condition.

Category: The 20th Century

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