Character Education: Lou Gehrig- The Iron Horse

by  National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is."
-Bob Feller

The Baseball Hall of Fame honors players not only for their accomplishments in the game, but also for the character and courage that they display both on and off the field. In this unit focused on character education, attributes such as perseverance, courage, humility, grace, selflessness, respect, self-discipline, leadership, sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty and citizenship are highlighted by the lives and careers of Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Lou Gehrig.

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By Request: $150.00

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One hour (can be lengthened or shortened based on needs of the school)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

There is no maximum number of participants. However, for optimum interactivity we suggest you limit the group to no more than 30 participants. If your program must exceed this number please contact the Hall of Fame at Education@Baseballhallofame.org or (607)547-0347 to discuss your group's needs.

Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Character Education, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If the program is cancelled or rescheduled at least one week prior to the date of the program, then no fee is charged. If the program is cancelled or rescheduled less than one week prior to the scheduled date of the videoconference, then a $25.00 administrative fee may be charged.

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Cooperstown, NY
United States

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime.

Education Department

Program Details


1. Introduction to Baseball Hall of Fame
2. Discuss character traits.
3. Students perform a series of 6 acts in a play about various points in Lou Gehrig's life to illustrate personality traits.
4. List traits to describe Lou Gehrig after each act.
5. Question and answer period.


A. Examine the life and character attributes of Lou Gehrig, and those of other Hall of Famers, through historical data from various sources, including museum and library collections, artifacts, primary sources, oral testimonies and Web sites.

B. Analyze documentation to determine how qualities of Lou Gehrig's character contributed to his success as an athlete and human being, and inspired teammates and generations of fans.

C. Understand, through dialogue and discussion, why Lou Gehrig is an excellent role model to demonstrate the importance of these traits to and for every individual in today's society.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum proudly presents fun-filled, content-rich experiences for students from pre-K to grade 12. Our videoconference programs are all aligned with Common Core State Standards, and also support other learning goals.

Grades 3-5: CCSS ELA CONTENT: RL.3.1/4.1/5.1, RL.3.3/4.3/5.3, RL.3.4/4.4/5.4, SL.3.1/4.1/5.1, SL.3.2/4.2/5.2
Grades 6-8: CCSS ELA CONTENT: RI.6.3/7.3/8.3, RI.6.7/7.7/8.7, SL.6.1/7.1/8.1, SL.6.2/7.2/8.2, SL.6.6/7.6/8.6 - MCREL STANDARDS: Theatre Arts.Level 3.Standards 1,2,3,4
Grades 9-12: CCSS ELA CONTENT: RH.9-10.1/11-12.1, RH.9-10.2/11-12.2, RH.9-10.9/11-12.9, SL.9-10.1/11-12.1, SL.9-10.4/11-12.4