July 4, 1939: A 36-year-old Lou Gehrig gives an inspiring speech regarding his recent diagnosis of ALS. On Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at a sold-out Yankee Stadium, he becomes the first MLB player to have his jersey retired.

In the legendary speech, Gehrig calls himself "the luckiest man on the face of the Earth," despite his impending death at the hands of a disease that would come to bear his name.

While the exact contents of the speech are unknown, snippets have been recorded and preserved through the years and is still known as one of the greatest ever in sports history.

Gehrig lost his battle against ALS less than two years after the speech in 1941.

Horace Grant was born July 4, 1965.

Grant was selected 10th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1987 NBA draft after being named ACC player of the year in his final season at Clemson.

After spending his first year in the league as a backup, Grant started all 79 games he played the following season as the Bulls traded Charles Oakley to New York for center Bill Cartwright. In his first season as a starter, Grant put up 12 points per game on 51.9 percent shooting from the field and averaged 8.6 rebounds.

Grant quickly earned a reputation for being one of the league's best defenders, as he was selected to four NBA All-Defensive second teams.

Grant was part of the Bulls' first three-peat with titles in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

Grant's lone All-Star Game selection came in 1993-94, a season in which he posted career-high averages of 15.1 points, 11 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

Grant then left Chicago as a free agent and joined the Orlando Magic, teaming up with Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.

Grant had a successful career with the Magic, helping them reach the 1995 NBA finals, where they lost to a more experienced Houston Rockets team led by legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon.

Grant spent five seasons with the Magic, until he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1999. He spent one year with the Sonics when he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team trade that sent Glen Rice of the Lakers to the Knicks, and Patrick Ewing of the Knicks to the Sonics.

Grant won one more title with the Lakers in 2001, just before deciding to play his final season in Orlando in 2002.

July 7, 2013: Andy Murray defeats Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to become the first British man since Fred Perry (1936) to win the Wimbledon title.

On their path to the final, both Murray and Djokovic won their first four matches in straight sets. In the semifinals, Djokovic defeated Juan Martín del Potro in the round's longest match ever, lasting just under five hours. Murray defeated Jerzy Janowicz in four sets, setting up the fourth Grand Slam final between him and Djokovic. In the previous three, Djokovic had won twice.

After winning the first two sets, Murray jumped out to a commanding 2-0 lead in the third. Djokovic then rallied to go ahead 4-2. With the momentum appearing to shift against Murray's favor, he was able break Djokovic twice, taking a 5-4 lead.

With a great chance to finally bring the Wimbledon title back home, Djokovic was able to fend off three championship points, before finally conceding on Murray's fourth try.

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige was born July 7, 1906.

He got his nickname "Satchel" as a child while he worked toting bags at a train station.

Paige started playing baseball in his hometown Mobile, Alabama, where he played for a number of local semi-pro teams.

His Negro League career began in 1926, when he was discovered by the Chattanooga Black Lookouts. It didn't take long for people to realize that Paige was special. He rose quickly through the ranks of the Negro League, and drew huge crowds wherever he played.

Although there was a lack of statistics to document Paige's greatness, his talent was undeniable. Before making it to the majors, he got an opportunity to pitch to New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio, who called him "the best and fastest pitcher I've ever faced."

In 1948, a year after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, Paige's dream of playing in the majors came true. On his 42nd birthday he became the oldest player to ever debut in the majors. Playing only the second half of the season, Paige went 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA, and helped the Indians win the 1948 World Series.

At age 59 Paige pitched three scoreless innings for the Kansas City Athletics, making him the oldest player in MLB history.

The larger-than-life pitcher was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 and died in 1982.

July 6, 1933: The American League defeats the National League 4-2 in the first MLB All-Star Game at Comiskey Park.

The idea for the All-Star Game was attributed to Arch Ward, sports editor for the Chicago Tribune. It was originally thought to be a one-time event.

With 47,595 fans in attendance, Babe Ruth hit the game's first home run off a Bill Hallahan fastball, giving the AL a two-run lead in the third inning. Three innings later, Frankie Frisch homered, bringing the NL within a run.

In the top of the eighth, Chick Hafey drove a deep ball to right field, which appeared to be going out of the park. Ruth reached over the wall to make the grab, denying the NL an opportunity to tie the game.

Ruth's teammate Lefty Gomez started for the AL, becoming the game's first winning pitcher.

The game featured 24 future Hall of Famers.

Pau Gasol was born July 6, 1980.

The Spanish center was taken third overall in the 2001 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, who immediately traded his rights to the Memphis Grizzlies. Gasol played on the Grizzlies for seven seasons and holds franchise records for field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, defensive rebounds, blocked shots and points.

Halfway through the 2008 season Gasol was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and the rights to younger brother Marc Gasol. At the time it was considered one of the most lopsided trades the league had ever seen. Down the line the trade ended up working out for both parties. Gasol helped guide the Lakers to two titles, and younger brother Marc ended up becoming an All-NBA first team player for the Grizzlies.

After the 2013-14 season Gasol became a free agent. He decided to sign with the Chicago Bulls. Rejuvenated by the change in scenery, Pau enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career, making the All-NBA second team.

He also won two Olympic silver medals as the leader of the Spanish national team.

Teemu Selanne was born on July 3, 1970.

Chosen 10th overall in the 1988 NHL draft, Selanne his made NHL debut in the 1992-93 season with the Winnipeg Jets. The Finnish star made an immediate impact, setting the league's rookie record with 76 goals.

His celebration after breaking Mike Bossy's previous rookie record of 53 is a classic:

Selänne, who also had 56 assists, tied the Buffalo Sabres' Alexander Mogilny for the league lead in goals and was fifth in overall points. He earned an All-Star berth and the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

A mid-season trade to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 1996 paired him with Paul Kariya, and they became one of the league's most dynamic combinations. In a six-year span (1995-96 to 2000-01), Selanne made five All-Star appearances and scored more than 25 goals in every season, including 51 in 1996-97 and a league-high 52 in 1997-98.

The NHL introduced the Maurice Richard Trophy in 1998-99 to honor the league's leading goal-scorer and Selanne was the inaugural recipient after scoring 47.

After brief stretches in San Jose and Colorado, Selanne returned to the Ducks as a 35-year old free agent in 2005. In the 2005-06 season, Selanne had 40 goals and 50 assists, earning his eighth career All-Star berth while winning the league's Masterton Trophy, given for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.

In 2006-07, Selanne had 48 goals and 46 assists to lead the team to its first ever Pacific Division title, but he made an even greater impact in the postseason. Selanne became the team's all-time leader in postseason points (although he has since been passed by active Ducks Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry), securing 15 points in 21 playoff games as the Ducks topped the Ottawa Senators to win their only Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

The "Finnish Flash" stayed loyal to the Ducks until the end, finally retiring after the 2013-14 season after a 21-year career in which he spent parts of 15 seasons with Anaheim. A YouTube compilation of his 10 best career moments can be seen here:

With 684 career goals and 1,457 total points, Selänne ranks 11th and 15th respectively in NHL history. The winger holds several Ducks' franchise records, including goals, assists, points, games played and game-winning goals. Selänne, who now partially owns a restaurant in Laguna Beach, will be eligible for Hall of Fame induction in 2017.

July 3, 1966: Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger torches the San Francisco Giants for two grand slams and nine RBI in a 17-3 win.

After a dominant 1965 season in which he finished with a 24-11 record, 3.29 ERA and 211 strikeouts, Cloninger entered this game with only an 8-7 record. With a legendary performance at the plate, Cloninger made up for the struggles.

Atlanta chased Giants starter Joe Gibbon after only 2/3 innings -- before Cloninger had even made his first plate appearance. In Cloninger's first at-bat, he took San Fransisco reliever Bob Priddy deep to left-center field for a grand slam that gave the Braves a 7-0 first-inning lead.

The Braves led 9-0 when Cloninger came up for a fourth inning at-bat against reliever Ray Sadecki with another bases-loaded opportunity. He delivered again, taking Sadecki opposite field with two outs to stretch the lead to 13-0 and making history in the process.

Cloninger finished the game 3-for-5 with nine RBI and remains the only pitcher in MLB history to hit two grand slams in one game. He is one of only 13 players at any position to accomplish such a feat. Cloninger's RBI total is also the greatest single-game total for a pitcher in league history, being matched only by the Boston Beaneaters' Harry Staley back in 1893.

For good measure, Cloninger also dominated the Giants on the mound as well. Facing a lineup including legends like Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, Cloninger limited the Giants to seven hits and three earned runs in a complete-game performance. An ode to Cloninger's historical effort can be seen here:

Cloninger finished 1966 with career-best totals of five home runs, 23 RBI and a hitting line of .234/.261/.414.

Cloninger, now 74, has had stints as a pitching coach for the Yankees and Red Sox since retiring in 1972, and is now a player development consultant for Boston.

July 2, 2007: Roger Clemens earns his 350th win, pitching eight innings while allowing only two hits, leading the Yankees over the visiting Minnesota Twins 5-1.

Clemens became the first major league pitcher since Warren Spahn to win 350 games. He is one of only three pitchers to reach this milestone during the live-ball era. Greg Maddux joined Clemens and Spahn in 2008, a year after Clemens reached the mark.

Clemens pitched 24 MLB seasons with Boston Red Sox (1984-1996), Toronto Blue Jays (1997-1998), Yankees (1999-2003, 2007) and Houston Astros (2004-2006).

Clemens has a record seven Cy Young Awards and won the World Series twice with the Yanks (1999, 2000).

During his illustrious career, Clemens piled up 354 wins, a 3.12 average ERA and 4,672 strikeouts, the third-most all time.

Troy Brown was born July 2, 1971.

During his collegiate career with Marshall, Brown was the team's featured receiver and punt returner. In 1992, he led his school to its first ever Division I-AA national championship.

An eighth-round draft pick in 1993, Brown spent his entire 15-year NFL career with the New England Patriots. He mainly played wide receiver, but also contributed as a cornerback and punt returner.

In 2001, his second year as a starter, Brown recorded a franchise-record 101 receptions on his way to the team's first Super Bowl victory. He made his only Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections of his career that season.

The fan favorite won three Super Bowls and retired as the Patriots' all-time reception leader.

July 1, 1941: Joe DiMaggio ties the record held by (Wee) Willie Keeler of the Baltimore Orioles (1897) by extending his hitting streak to 44 games.

DiMaggio extended his hitting streak to a jaw-dropping 56 games. During this unbelievable stretch, he went 91-for-223 (.408) with 15 home runs, and 55 RBIs.

After the streak ended on July 17, DiMaggio had a hit in his next 16 games. It's pretty safe to say that 72 out of 73 games with a hit is something we will probably never see again.

All-time hits leader Pete Rose has the closest in the meantime with a 44-game streak in 1978.

DiMaggio is the only player to make the All-Star team in every season he played (13).

He won three AL MVPs, and helped guide the Yankees to nine World Series titles.

Nelson Cruz was born July 1, 1980.

Cruz was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Mets in 1998. He played in the Dominican Summer League for three years before being traded to the Oakland Athletics for Jorge Velandia. After spending four more years in the A’s minor league system, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Keith Ginter.

In 2005 he made his major league debut with the Brewers. A little over a year later, Cruz was traded in a multi-player deal to the Texas Rangers. It took a few more seasons before Cruz was able to establish himself as a solid player. In 2009 he hit 33 home runs and was selected as an All-Star replacement for Torii Hunter.

After a solid eight-season stretch with the Rangers, Cruz was suspended for 50 games in 2013, due to his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

In the following offseason he struggled to find a new home, finally signing a one-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. In 2014, Cruz hit a career-high 40 homers, made the All-Star Game and finished seventh in MVP voting.

Cruz is in his first season with Mariners.

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