There is sound film of the ceremony in a newsreel outtake at The National Archives but the only parts of Gehrig’s speech in it are parts already known to exist. Other outtake reels of that ceremony may have been destroyed in a fire in the ‘70s.
> On Jul 3, 2020, at 10:01 PM, JONATHAN A EIG <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I’m Lou Gehrig’s biographer. For 20 years I’ve been searching for a recording of Gehrig’s farewell speech—perhaps the most famous speech in all of American sports. As best as I can tell, only four sentences of the speech have been preserved on audio or video. The rest is missing. Gehrig gave the speech on July 4, 1939 at Yankee Stadium in NY. The discovery of the full speech would be a big news story. It would also be a source for great happiness among people with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, as it’s known.
> Can anyone offer me suggestions for where to look for a complete recording of the speech?
> Jonathan Eig
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