Gehrig retired after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now known as Lou Gehrig's disease. In his farewell speech that day, not a dry eye was in the house when he said, "I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth."
To mark the 75th anniversary of the event, MLB players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear a commemorative patch on July 4. The tribute will include a video shown at all ballparks featuring a first baseman from each team reciting a line from Gehrig's speech.
Punch Leaves Ref Critically Injured in Rec-League Game
LIVONIA, Mich. -- A Detroit-area soccer player is facing a felony assualt charge for allegedly punching a referee during an adult-league match, critically injuring him.
Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was arraigned Monday in Livonia District Court a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Bond was set at $500,000, and a probable-cause hearing was set for July 10.
Saad punched the unnamed referee in the head after the referee indicated he planned to eject the 36-year-old Dearborn resident from a game Sunday at Mies Park, Livonia police Lt. Tom Goralski said.
The referee was in critical condition at a hospital, authorities said.
Saad wasn't at the field when police arrived, Goralski said. The lieutenant said Saad surrendered Monday.
Violence is far-from-uncommon in soccer and other sports, as illustrated by the recorded telephone message at the National Association of Sports Officials in Racine, Wisconsin. "For NASO insurance or assault information, press 3," the message says.
AP source: Coach Kidd to Bucks after Nets Agree to Deal
NEW YORK -- The Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets agreed to a deal allowing Jason Kidd to become Milwaukee's coach, sources said Monday.
The Nets will receive a second-round draft pick in 2015 that was formerly their own, and another in 2019 belonging to either Milwaukee or Sacramento.
Kidd went 44-38 in his only season as Nets coach, but then sought control of the basketball operations department and was denied. The Nets gave him permission to talk to other teams about a job.
Milwaukee still has coach Larry Drew under contract.
It was a stunningly quick ending to what had been Kidd's celebrated return to the franchise he twice led to the NBA Finals as a player. The Nets hired him last June as coach just weeks after he retired as a player and retired his No. 5 before a preseason game in October. Also, he bought a small portion of the team.