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Lou Gehrig's Farewell

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The Fourth of July, 1939. This is when the "Iron Horse" became "The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" with one of the most poignant goodbye speeches in sports history. Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready selected this game -- partly for Gehrig's iconic place in baseball, but partly for the moment's unadulterated purity. It was a time, McCready said, when the only accompaniment to the festivities was "just an organ … no guys coming out with their guitars, playing really loud."