Ted Williams, "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived," was born on Aug. 30, 1918. A two-time MVP who twice won the Triple Crown, Williams hit .344 lifetime with 521 home runs — despite twice interrupting his career to serve as a Navy and Marine Corps pilot in World War II and the Korean War. Baseball's last .400 hitter, Ted Williams was always colorful and almost always controversial during the 22 years he played big league baseball.
On July 4, 1939, the New York Yankees held Lou Gehrig Day at Yankee Stadium. The Hall of Famer was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which had forced him to retire two months earlier. In honor of the 76th anniversary of his famed "luckiest man" speech, we present some rare photos of Lou Gehrig.