Earlier this year Major League Baseball announced the creation of Lou Gehrig Day — set for every June 2 — moving forward. The New York Yankees legend joined Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente as players whose legacies are celebrated annually.
The Dodgers will recognize the inaugural Lou Gehrig Day with special pregame ceremonies at Dodger Stadium and the franchise partnered with the non-profit organization Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS to raise money and awareness for ALS research.
Among other initiatives, Each home team will display “4-ALS” logos to commemorate Gehrig’s uniform number “4.” Additionally, all players, managers and coaches will wear a special “Lou Gehrig Day” patch on uniforms while red “4-ALS” wristbands will be available to be worn in-game.
Teams not in action on Wednesday will observe Lou Gehrig Day on Thusrday, June 3.
A special sale of Lou Gehrig Day t-shirts will be available for purchase, with royalties from the sales being donated to the Expanded Access Protocol (EAP) Program at the Healey Center for ALS.
Along with teams holding special ceremonies and activities at their respective stadiums, MLB has coordinated a series of fundraising efforts aimed at supporting charitable organizations, notably the Expanded Access Protocol (EAP) program at the Sean M. Healey and AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital (Healey Center for ALS).
Gehrig passed away from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that can affect anyone at any time and age.
MLB selected June 2 as the date to honor Gehrig because he became the Yankees’ starting first baseman that day in 1925. Gehrig went on for a remarkable streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.
Fans can view all official social media content through the #LouGehrigDay hashtag.
Dodgers supported Lou Gehrig’s Disease research
A handful of years ago several Dodgers players participated in an ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to raise awareness for ALS research.
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