Thursday, June 19, 2014

Flick Pick: Pride Of The Yankees

Pride Of The Yankees
(RKO, 1942)

Released barely a year after his death in 1941, and just 3 years after his retirement at age 36,  this is nothing but solid and heartfelt homage to one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Henry Louis Gehrig, played by the similarly iconic Gary Cooper, was revered by players and fans as an everyday hero when America - and Hollywood - still knew what they looked like, and wasn't ashamed to recognize them. The sport and the country are the poorer for a dearth of such examples today. Happy Birthday, Lou.

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