Biopic traces the life of Lou Gehrig, famous baseball player who played in 2130 consecutive games before falling at age 37 to ALS, a deadly nerve disease which now bears his name. Gehrig is followed from his childhood in New York until his famous 'Luckiest Man' speech at his farewell day in 1939. Written by
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Mrs. Lou Gehrig's choices to play her in the film were initially either Barbara Stanwyck or Jean Arthur but after seeing Teresa Wright in the movie she was won over. She said, "When Sam first told me that Teresa would play me I felt that she was much too young. I said 'Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Arthur or an actress with more experience would be better.' But now I know no one could do better, or even as well as little Teresa. Of course she's prettier and younger but then no woman could object to that, could they?" See more »
Lou Gehrig played his first game as a Yankee during the 1923 season. Yet when he enters the Yankee clubhouse for the first time (looking at the lockers, trying on his hat), the lockers of Mark Koenig and Bill Dickey are shown. Koenig did not join the Yankees until 1925, nor Dickey until 1928. See more »
[his farewell speech]
Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
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After seeing this movie, I went out and bought the Ken Burns documentary on Baseball. It's amazing how nice of a guy Lou Gherig was! He was a true gentleman. He brought his Mom to ALL THE GAMES. He was a true hero as well. I liked this movie and it was very sad to see Lou get stiff toward the end of the movie. Babe Ruth played himself and that was no hard task for him. I bought this movie it was so darn good.
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