The legendary ballplayer was a reticent man, so no one knew if he’d speak at his farewell at Yankee Stadium. And no one was prepared for what happened when he took the microphone.
The author of The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper and the Making of a Classic, Richard Sandomir has been the award-winning sports media and sports business writer for the New York Times since 1991. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Bald Like Me, and, most recently, The Enlightened Bracketologist, and its sequel, The Final Four of Everything.
Eddie Albert as Lou Gehrig? How about Lon Chaney Jr.? Preposterous, but Sam Goldwyn encouraged the public to speculate for months, while Cooper quietly waited to don pinstripes.