Lou Gehrig Speech NFT Relaunches New York Sports Hall Of Fame

A 1-of-1 NFT of the longest single-source film of Lou Gehrig’s famous July 4, 1939 speech is available for bid at Opensea.
Gehrig on the left is with NY Yankees manager Joe McCarthy on the right. 

New York Sports Hall of Fame relaunched today with the exclusive Lou Gehring Appreciation Day speech offering of a 1-of-1 non-fungible token (NFT) digital collector’s item. The year 1939 saw World War II beginning to rage, my mother being born In Ecuador, and perhaps the most iconic sports speech ever given by the Yankees Captain and legend at Yankee Stadium, after he uttered, “the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” line. Gehrig’s speech on July 4th (my Dad’s birthday) was made knowing he was dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. This rare and incurable disease later became known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The clip is the longest-source film of the famous speech and bidding begins now on the Opensea marketplace at opensea.io/collection/gehrig. The Sports Techie community blog sends our love to his family all these years later as he impacted not just New York, but the entire world, by saying how he truly felt about his MLB career played in the city that never sleeps as well as his incurable ALS diagnosis. RIP, Lou. If I had the extra money, my bid would be in for the priceless Lou Gehrig speech.

New York Sports Hall of Fame Relaunches with Historic Content from Comprehensive Digital Archives
Bidding Starts on 1-of-1 NFT of Famed Lou Gehrig Spee

Luckiest Man

Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium was well before my time but the speech is forever a part of a New York Sports Hall of Fame collection featuring film clips and comments made at the special ceremony by fellow baseball legend Babe Ruth and Yankees manager Joe McCarthy. The three baseball players were inducted into the Hall in the years 1989 through 1991.

Gehrig was voted into the N.Y. Sports Hall of Fame twice, in 1989 for professional baseball and two years later for college baseball. The former Columbia University star and record-setting Yankees first baseman was born, raised and educated in New York City.


NY Sports Hall of Fame

After a long hiatus, the New York Sports Hall of Fame relaunched today in digital form at newyorksportshall.com and on the prominent NFT marketplace OpenSea at opensea.io/nys.  Later this year, the Hall plans to release digital commemoratives of more of its 310 inductees to date and to open balloting for its next member class.
The New York Sports Hall of Fame’s extensive collection of original Greater New York historical content is preserved from more than 150 years of various sports developments, from Major League Baseball to six-day bicycle racing. The Hall archives illustrate how the history of Greater New York sports has helped shape culture and society in the region and beyond.

“From its start, the New York Sports Hall of Fame has been dedicated to the preservation and commemoration of the rich history of Greater New York sports,” said Jordan Sprechman, New York Sports Experience’s founder and an original New York Sports Hall of Fame officer. “Today’s digital expansion reflects that mission.”

Launched 32 years ago, the New York Sports Hall of Fame is owned and operated by the streaming service New York Sports Experience (newyorkse.com).

The New York Sports Hall of Fame was founded by acclaimed sportswriter and author Bill Shannon in 1989.


The Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day NFT collection on OpenSea accepts the popular cryptocurrency Ethereum, which can be purchased on the exchange Coinbase and used on OpenSea with the digital wallet MetaMask.

Purchased by cryptocurrency, NFTs are a type of digital asset for which transaction details including ownership are recorded on a public ledger known as a blockchain. Each NFT is unique intellectual property and can be viewed as a collectible that cannot be duplicated, making it singular and potentially valuable.

Sports Techie, as kid in Redmond, WA, my two younger brothers and I played whiffle ball for hours a day, every day, in our back yard that played much like Fenway Park and the Big Green Monster in left field which was our house. Dreaming about being on the Yankees, or for me the Dodgers, at our Field of Dreams, is how I imagine Lou felt about playing at historic Yankees Stadium.

Gehrig would probably have shied way from promoting his NFTs but they are all the rage right now as the acceptance of crypto is surging, worldwide. The NFL’s recent number one draft pick, Trevor Lawrence, embraced his recent NFT opportunity with Topps on Mintable.

My only visit to NYC was back in 1986 when our Whittier College lacrosse team spent spring break in the Northeast. It was a brief visit for sure making me hunger for a return visit all these years later.

I will for sure be putting the NY Sports Hall of Fame on the agenda when it happens, along with Yankee Stadium.

My hope is someone that reads this blog, steps up and wins the bid for the 1-of-1 NFT of Lou Gehrig’s famous July 4, 1939 speech. Should that person win the bid, please donate to ALS research should you ever resell it.

I too feel like I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth being able to write about and share this story with our readers and followers.

Play ball!

See you later sportstechie in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world!

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