Film Pride of the Yankees
Tue Jan 15, 1:00 pm
Nominated for eleven Academy Awards in 1943, THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES is still regarded by many today as the finest baseball movie ever made.
The film chronicles the life and career of the New York Yankees’ legendary first baseman and batting champion, Lou Gehrig, who made history by playing in 2,130 consecutive games over the course of a 14-year major league career.
After battling a debilitating nerve disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which forced him out of the game early in 1939, Gehrig died in 1941 at the age of 37.
- from Real Classics
Yankee teammates Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, Mark Koenig, and Bill Dickey play themselves.
The film‘s iconic closing line—“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth“—was voted 38th on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest movie quotes.
These programs are supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Additional support provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.