Remember the old Chevy commercial? " Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet"
This holiday weekend was all that. (No, I'm not talking about the Red Sox.) We celebrated our 239th year of independence on July 4th, which was also the 76th anniversary of Lou Gehrig appreciation day at Yankee Stadium when he made his famous luckiest man alive speech. I am a native New Yorker and lifelong Yankee fan and I did not know until this weekend that Lou had also received a trophy from his teammates with the following poem inscribed. It was presented by the 1927 World Series champion Yankees, perhaps the greatest team of all time. I was not able to find the actual author.
We've been to the wars together;
We took our foes as they came;
And always you were the leader,
And ever you played the game.
Idol of cheering millions,
Records are yours by sheaves;
Iron of frame they hailed you
Decked you with laurel leaves.
But higher than that we hold you,
We who have known you best;
Knowing the way you came through
Every human test.
Let this be a silent token
Of lasting Friendship's gleam,
And all that we've left unspoken;
Your Pals of the Yankees Team