Grand Opening, Grand Closing: The 15 Most Shocking Sports Retirement Speeches
Lou Gehrig's Retirement Made Grown Men Cry
After falling ill to cancer (that would be named after him), the New York Yankees announced that July 4, 1939 would be "Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day" at Yankee Stadium. Dignitaries, members of the famed "Murderer's Row," and all of New York were in attendance, which The New York Times said was "perhaps as colorful and dramatic a pageant as ever was enacted on a baseball field." His retirement was a heartfelt, sad and emotional moment in all of sports history.