On July 4, 1939, Gehrig delivered what has been called "baseball's Gettysburg Address" at Yankee Stadium. There is, for now, no known intact film of Gehrig's speech, but instead just a swatch of the newsreel footage has survived, incorporating his opening and closing remarks: "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 this earth" - the last line, of course, having become one of the most famous, invoked, and inspiring ever, anywhere. The New York Times account the following day called it "one of the most touching scenes ever witnessed on a ball field", that made even hard-boiled reporters "swallow hard."
The scene and the story would likely have been largely lost to history altogether were it not for the film Pride of the Yankees, best known for Gary Cooper, as the dying Lou Gehrig, movingly describing himself as "the luckiest man on the face of the earth", even as his body was being ravaged by the disease that was soon named after him.
Here, now, in The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic, by Richard Sandomir, New York Times sports columnist, is, for the first time, the full story behind the pioneering, seminal movie. Filled with larger than life characters and unexpected facts, Sandomir's book tells us how Samuel Goldwyn had no desire to make a baseball film, but he was persuaded to make a quick deal with Lou's widow, Eleanor, not long after Gehrig had passed.
Nostalgic, breezy, and fun, The Pride of the Yankees captures a lost time in film and sports history.
"How was Lou Gehrig's timeless story brought to the Big Screen? Richard Sandomir answers that question with deft precision and warmth." (Tim McCarver, former MLB catcher and announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals)
"Packed with fascinating new detail, The Pride of the Yankees will be the delight of baseball fans and movie buffs. Think of it as a triple play: great ballplayer, great movie, great book." (Jonathan Eig, author of Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig)
"The riveting story behind the making of The Pride of the Yankees is finally being told in Richard Sandomir's meticulously researched and gracefully written book. He brings to vivid life Eleanor Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and Samuel Goldwyn's efforts to turn a hero's life into a heartfelt film." (Gay Talese)
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