On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig's uniform number was retired by the Yankees, making it the first player uniform number to be retired in baseball history.
On that same day, Gehrig bid farewell to the pinstriped faithful. He addressed the packed house of over 61,000 adoring fans, referring to himself as "The Luckiest man on the face of the earth," despite battling the early stages of ALS (now known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). The following Day, the New York Times referred to Gehrig's speech as "perhaps as colorful and dramatic a pageant as ever was enacted on a baseball field..." This 8x10 plaque depicts Gehrig's speech as delivered in 1939.
Lou Gehrig "Luckiest Man" Farewell Speech 8x10 Plaque