The Greatest Example Of Optimism, As Shown By Lou Gehrig

On June 19, 1939, the doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota diagnosed Lou Gehrig with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). One of baseball’s best and most-loved players, it left him with a life expectancy of just three more years.

He only lasted two. But he never gave up hope, never veered on his optimism, as this letter Gehrig wrote in 1939 to Dr. Paul O’Leary, doctor and close friend.