The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
An homage to the great Lou Gehrig, The Pride of The Yankees will forever be remembered for the closing line from Gehrig's iconic farewell speech at Yankees Stadium. Starring Gary Cooper as the first baseman, the film is less about baseball than it is the man and his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disease that now bears his name. In an ironic twist of fate, Gherig was baseball's "iron man," playing in a then-record 2,130 consecutive games before his career — and life — was tragically cut short. Yet his legacy lives on through his poignant words: "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth."
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