SUMMER READING | BASEBALL HISTORY
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July 4, 2020 will mark the 81st anniversary of Lou Gehrig's retirement from baseball. A Yankees legend, famous for his 2,130 consecutive-games-playing streak, Gehrig stunned his fans when he announced he would no longer be playing professional baseball in one of the most memorable and heartfelt speeches even given in sports history.
Gehrig’s life story appeared on the big screen in 1942 when The Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper as the legendary first baseman of the New York Yankees and Teresa Wright as his devoted wife Eleanor. The making of the famed biopic is the subject of author Richard Sandomir’s book, The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic.
A reporter for The New York Times, Richard Sandomir will be exploring the world of baseball during 1939, the year Lou Gehrig retired. The floor will be open to questions following the presentation.
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