Gary Cooper Stars in “The Pride Of The Yankees.”

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES; 1942; Studio: RKO; Director: Sam Wood; Cast: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan, Babe Ruth 

This biopic focusing on the life of New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig eschews the usual sports-centric storytelling, since most moviegoers were still very well aware of Gehrig’s storied career just one year after his death at the age of 37 from what would henceforth be called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” (actually amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).  Instead, the film follows his personal life and relationships, and as with most such movies, it takes some liberties with the facts of Gehrig’s life. Cooper worked on learning to bat left-handed, however, to emulate Gehrig, and baseball living legend Babe Ruth appeared as himself. The finale is undoubtedly a highlight of this loving tribute to Gehrig,re-creating his moving goodbye to attendees at Yankee Stadium in 1939, although in a far different form than Gehrig’s off-the-cuff words on the actual day. “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth!”

New York Yankees Lou Gehrig at his retirement ceremony on July 4, 1939. (Curtis Management Group.)

Appreciation for the expert commentary on “The Pride of The Yankees” and all of the posters featured in our 2020 Vintage Movie Posters Calendar goes to Dr. Arnold Blumberg.  THANKS DOC!!  Doc is an educator, publisher, author, comic and pop culture historian, and former museum curator.  He was the editor of The Overstreet Comic Book Price guide and teaches courses in everything from comics to zombies to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Find him on Twitter @DoctoroftheDead.  The poster image at the top of the page can be found in our 2020 Vintage Movie Posters Calendar – a fantastic NEW addition to our growing list of Pop Culture titles.  And since we’re on the topic of baseball, and the World Series starts tonight, we recommend you check out our Baseball Sale with some pricing that brings true meaning to the words “Save” & “Relief”  Check it out HERE: http://bit.ly/PlayoffSALE 2020 Vintage Baseball Cards Combo Set

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