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Pride of the Yankees

1942 motion picture starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright and Walter Brennan.

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My Favorite Baseball Movie!

  • Mar 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) but it is all in good fun.

Walter Brennen is phenominal as the friendly reporter who follows Gehrig from city to city and chronicles his career.

There are priceless scenes on trains as the Yankees traveled from city to city (this has been replaced by corporate and charter jets) especially when the player try to make Babe Ruth angry!

The re-creation of Gehrig's farewell at Yankee Stadium is one of the most heart warming scenes in movie history!

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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 ...

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Genre: Sport
Release Date: July 14, 1942
Runtime: 128 minutes
Studio: RKO Radio Pictures

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