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A little known fact, Dickey’s roommate was Yankees Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig, according to Thomas Rogers of the New York Times.
Gehrig was a hometown hero who captured baseball fans with his spectacular play.
A career .340 hitter, the Yankees Captain was a seven-time All-Star, two-time AL MVP and also won the AL Triple Crown during a career that spanned 17 years.
But most importantly, Gehrig was a six-time World Series champion.
Yet, in a sad an ironic twist of fate, the same man nicknamed “Iron Horse,” for his ironclad reliability for the Yankees fell ill to a strange and rare disease.
And on July 4, 1939, before a jam-packed crowd of 61,808 fans at Yankees Stadium, Gehrig delivered the most memorable farewell speech in baseball history.
A portion of this speech is as follows, per Baseball Almanac:
When you have a father and mother work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body, it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed, that's the finest I know. I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. And I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for.
Gehrig would pass away less than two years later, on June 2, 1941 in Bronx County, New York—his No. 4 retired for eternity.