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The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 biographical film directed by Sam Wood about the New York Yankees baseball player, first baseman Lou Gehrig, who had his career cut short at 36 years of age when he was stricken with the fatal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, more commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease"). The movie was released the year after Gehrig's death.

It starred Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig and co-starred Teresa Wright as his wife Eleanor and Walter Brennan as a sportswriter friend. Yankee teammates Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, Mark Koenig and Bill Dickey played themselves, as did sportscaster Bill Stern.

The movie was adapted by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Jo Swerling, and an uncredited Casey Robinson from a story by Paul Gallico.

The Pride of the Yankees won one Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: for Film Editing. In addition, it had 10 more nominations for: [1]

This film is widely known for the reenactment of Gehrig's farewell speech in Yankee stadium. The famous line "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth" was voted #38 in the American Film Institute (AFI) list of the 100 greatest movie quotes of all time.

In another scene, Gehrig visits a crippled boy named Billy (Gene Collins) in a hospital and promises to hit two home runs for him in a single World Series game; Gehrig fulfills his promise, and an older Billy (played by David Holt) attends Lou Gehrig Day and shows Gehrig that he can walk, having made a full recovery inspired by his hero's determination. This event, a takeoff on something that happened to Babe Ruth, was parodied on a 1995 episode of Seinfeld ("The Wink," in which the promise was made by Kramer on behalf of Paul O'Neill), in "The Babe Ruth Story" sketch of SCTV starring John Candy as Babe Ruth and in the movie BASEketball.

The American Film Institute ranked The Pride of the Yankees #22 in their list of the top 100 most inspiring movies in American cinema.

In June 2008, AFI revealed its "Ten top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. The Pride of the Yankees was acknowledged as the third best film in the sports genre.[2][3]

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Genre:  Sport
Release Date:  July 14, 1942
Runtime:  128 minutes
Studio:  RKO Radio Pictures
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review by . March 23, 2009
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This may not be the best baseball movie made but it is definately my favorite! It is a little campy at times but Babe Ruth gives an enjoyable and convincing portrayal of himself and other greats including Bill Dickey also appear.     Teresa Wright and Gary Cooper have great chemistry and their interactions are classic 1940's. The movie does stretch the truth somewhat (Gerhig promising to hit three home runs for a crippled boy and hitting the third in dramatic fashion, never occurred) …
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