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Lou Gehrig

Trying to clear out the old mail box before the holiday: MLB historian John Thorn posted this photo on Facebook of a joint 1969 publication, ostensibly by Pete Rose and Denny McLain: At the time, Rose and McLain were the best in the game. Dayn Perry, author of a couple of baseball books of his […]

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Coincidence?

April 27, 2014 · 0 comments

Over the past several days I’ve posted twice about Lou Gehrig, including his role inn the B-western film Rawhide. So what was in yesterday’s NY Times? When the Iron Horse (Almost) Played Tarzan

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Lou Gehrig. Jackie Robinson. Two of the game’s most iconic players, celebrated for their courage under extreme conditions. Both the subjects of outstanding biographies by Jonathan Eig, and both of which appear in 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die Eig has worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Chicago magazine, […]

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In advance of my Bookshelf Conversation with Jonathan Eig which I will post tomorrow, here’s a blast from the past. Climax! was one of those live-performance anthology television series in the 1950s sponsored by a major corporation, in this case Chrysler. This 1956 episode, The Lou Gehrig Story, starred Wendell Corey as Gehrig, character actor […]

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Last week I posted this entry on Tom Shieber’s frame-by-frame analysis to say “yea” or “nay” (sort of) to the urban legend that Gary Cooper’s baseball action while portraying Lou Gehrig was inverted since the actor was a natural righty (I wonder: there’s a scene where Gehrig is signing a ball for sick little Billy […]

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Ron reading about baseball. Ron loves movies. Therefore, Ron loves reading about baseball movies. So you know where I stand on this fascinating piece — “The Pride of the Yankees Seeknay,” published by Tom Shieber, senior curator of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, on his Baseball Researcher blog. You can watch the whole […]

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provided it was wide enough and you have about a half mil to spare. Interesting back story to it, as well, regarding actor Kurt Russel and his extended family, including former Major Leaguer Matt Franco.  

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As per this story in The New York Times. One recent discovery, from a cellar in Illinois, might be unlike any other, showing Ruth in his prime and shot from close range, sitting atop a pony while wearing a child’s cowboy hat and muttering into a home movie camera, as a boyish Lou Gehrig, who […]

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Intro: As previously stated, the recent election of Robert Alomar and Bert Blyleven got me to thinking: how many Hall of Famers have had books written about them or penned their own stories. Here are the results. Again, this is not an all-inclusive list; almost all juvenile titles have been omitted. Pud Galvin (Inducted 1965) […]

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The publishers of American History magazine just came out with 100 Greatest Sports Movies (and you know how I feel about the use of “Greatest” and “Best” in the title). Extracting just the baseball films, we have, in order: The Pride of the Yankees (#4 overall) Bull Durham (#6) Major League (#12) A League of […]

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

November 29, 2010 · 2 comments

As it pertains to J-E-T-E-R. I really hate this kind of stuff. Both the Yankees Derek Jeter seem to be bordering on the unreasonable as they dicker over a new contract. The Yankees’ corner claim that it’s all business, that Jeter isn’t getting any younger, that he shouldn’t be unduly rewarded for past performance, and […]

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* Keeping up with the Times

September 13, 2009 · 0 comments

A few germane baseball items over the week that I overlooked: In today’s edition, John Klima, author of the recently relased Willie’s Boys: The 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, the Last Negro League World Series, and the Making of a Baseball Legend (Wiley), published this item on how the Yankees blew their chance to sign Willie […]

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We might hate the man, for what he did to himself and what he did to besmirch the (relative) cleanliness of the game, but give Jose Canseco his due. He was right about about a lot of things, including players who used. Jonathan Eig, author of a biography of Lou Gehrig — the anti-Canseco — […]

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* Letters from Lou

July 4, 2009 · 0 comments

ESPN’s Outside the Lines provided this touching look at the correspondence of the Iron Horse after his diagnosis with ALS and his retirement from baseball. You can read copies of the letters as well as view video of his famous farewell speech, delivered on 70 years ago today. Kirk Minihane from  sports radoio station WEEI […]

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It appears on a hit TV show like CSI. I don’t normally watch the show, but I caught a recent episode “on demand” and noticed this from a scene in a prison library. It comes about 20 seconds in and you have to be alert: as Gil Grissom is looking for a book an inmate […]

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With the days dwindling down to a precious few for Yankee Stadium, the author of Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig contributed this touching tribute to the Iron Horse to the Fox Sports Web site. Eig writes: At the end of this baseball season, we will say goodbye to Yankee Stadium. My […]

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As much as we think we’re collectors, we’re just fooling ourselves. There’s (practically) no way to get everything of an item or theme that’s worth collecting. As that great philosopher, George Carlin, once said: “You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?” That being said, I have a dark spot for the entertainment industry […]

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Actor Edward Herrmann made almost as unlikely a baseball player in A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story, a 1978 made-for-TV movie as Tony Perkins did in Fear Strikes Out, but he makes an excellent narrator on Jonathan Eig’s 2005 biography of the Iron Horse. Here’s a slide show/audio excerpt from the book: […]

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