We here at Odell Brewing recently brewed a double IPA named Ale for ALS to suport research for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis disease or ALS. This disease is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease named after the great New York Yankees 1st baseman, Lou Gehrig. Lou played for the Yankees in the late 1920’s and 1930’s.
Lou died from this disease in 1941 after a 3 year fight. In 1939, after playing in over 2,000 consecutive games, Lou voluntarily took himself out of the lineup because of his increasing disability. He never played in another game.
Here is where I have a personal story to tell. My grandfather, Arthur Fletcher, was 3rd base coach for the Yankees from 1927 to 1945. My mother, Betty Fletcher Odell told me a story years ago that her Father, Arthur, relayed to her in 1938 when she was 18 years old. He said ” I am worried about Lou. He is not himself”
There was nothing to be done then to help Lou Gehrig and not much to be done now to combat this disease. We at Odell Brewing are pleased to do what we can to fund research designed to conquer this debilitating disease. When you enjoy our Ale for ALS, you are helping too.
– Douglas Fletcher Odell