Lou Gehrig is one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. He had a career .340 batting average, and still has the highest ratio of runs scored plus runs batted in per 100 plate appearances (35.08) and per 100 games (156.7) among Hall of Fame players. His record of 2,130 consecutive games played eared him the nickname “The Iron Horse.” He was diagnosed with ALS on June 19, 1939, his 36th birthday.
John W. Gardner was an activist and author who served in the Johnson administration as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. During his term he helped launch medicare. He also presided over the launch of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting which would later help form PBS and NPR. This speech was delivered to McKinsey & Company in Phoenix, Arizona on November 10, 1990. This transcript was originally published on PBS.org Speech Transcript I’m going to talk about “Self-Renewal.