The luckiest man on the face of the earth.
That was what Lou Gehrig considered himself on July 4th ,1939. this was a man stricken with a disease that few had ever even heard of. The disease was so new it was actually termed or named after him.
Many people consider Lou Gehrig one of the best baseball players to ever play the game. He was known as the Iron Horse for his consecutive game streak of 2,130,which stood until Cal Ripken broke it in 1995. He had seven 150 or more RBI seasons, a lifetime .340 Batting average and 493 home runs!!
The Vinci family was very much affected by this disease as well. Benjamin Vinci was taken from us by this disease. As a tribute to Benjamin Vinci we have his autograph engraved in every glove that we make. Of course the Yankees were a part of his life too. Some of his favorite ball players were Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris and Paul O’Neil. Boy he thought Paul O’Neil could hit in the clutch!! He was right on many occasion.
On the 4th of July Major League Baseball® and Minor League BaseballTM are helping to support four ALS organizations, including ALS Association of Greater New York , to raise awareness of ALS.
Therefore, we at Vinci feel connected in many ways to baseball, Lou Gehrig, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
About Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS):
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Patients eventually losing the ability to move, speak, eat or breathe on their own. ALS is generally fatal within 2-5 years.
About The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter:
As one of The ALS Association’s leading chapters, the Greater New York Chapter serves Long Island, New York City, Westchester & Rockland Counties and Northern and Central New Jersey and plays a major role in promoting the mission to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS. The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA is a member of the National Health Council. Our Chapter supports specialized, multidisciplinary ALS Centers in SUNY Syracuse, SUNY Stony Brook and Beth Israel Medical Center.