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**Note: Tom Scott is on a rare extended vacation, and his Scott Slant column will return on Monday, July 7. But Tom did leave behind his library of historical nuggets for us to share.

This Day In Sports...fast-forward a day to the 4th of July, 1939: In one of the most dramatically-charged moments in sports history, a weakened and emotional Lou Gehrig says thank you on his Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium. With a packed house looking on and his 1927 and 1939 teammates around him, the Iron Man , dying from ALS, speaks to the ages: For the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

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