BOSTON, MA – As teams across the league celebrate Lou Gehrig Day today, the Red Sox announced plans to remember the legacy of Gehrig and all those lost to the disease that bears his name in pregame ceremonies at Fenway Park on Tuesday, June 8, before the 7:10 p.m. Red Sox-Astros game.
During the tribute, the club will honor leading ALS research advocates, including the family of Pete Frates and Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, Director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for ALS. The tribute will also recognize several organizations dedicated to the research and care of those affected by ALS, including the ALS Association, Compassionate Care ALS, ALS One, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
In addition to the pregame tribute, the club will raise funds for specialized ALS care by selling limited edition hats bearing the phrase “Strike out ALS | Pete Frates #3,” in recognition of the late Pete Frates, former captain of the Boston College baseball team whose advocacy resulted in millions of dollars raised for ALS research. Proceeds from the sale of the hats will benefit the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Center’s Leonard Florence Residence, home to 40 patients receiving specialized care that allows them to live as independently as possible.
The limited edition hats are $20 each, and on sale starting today, June 2, on redsox.com/frates.
Major League Baseball’s league-wide commemoration of Lou Gehrig takes place today, June 2, marking both the day Gehrig became second baseman for the New York Yankees and the day he passed away due to complications from ALS.