Saturday, January 24, 2009

D is For Danny

"If Joel Tannenbaum is the Ty Cobb of the Wilmington/West Chester Punk Scene, then Dan Robinson the Lou Gehrig." - The Hic-Up 2009

"His greatest record doesn't show in the book. It was the absolute reliability of Henry Louis Gehrig. He could be counted upon. He was there every day at the ballpark bending his back and ready to break his neck to win for his side. He was there day after day and year after year. He never sulked or whined or went into a pot or a huff. He was the answer to a manager's dream." - Sportswriter John Kieran in The New York Times

"Gehrig is the game's No. 1 batsman, who takes boyish pride in banging a baseball as far, and running around the bases as quickly, as possible". - Time Magazine 1936

"I never knew how someone dying could say he was the luckiest man in the world. But now I understand." - Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle farewell address (1969)

"Lou Gehrig was to baseball what Gary Cooper was to the movies: a figure of unimpeachable integrity, massive and incorruptible, a hero. Today, both are seen as paradigms of manly virtue. Decent and God-fearing, yet strongly charismatic and powerful." - Kevin Nelson in The Greatest Stories Ever Told About Baseball (1986)

"The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all." - Lou Gehrig

"There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all." - Lou Gehrig

"G is for Gehrig,
The Pride of the Stadium;
His record pure gold,
His courage, pure radium."
-Ogden Nash 1949

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