- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books (June 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316355054
- ISBN-13: 978-0316355056
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
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The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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"Intriguing...a must for movie and baseball buffs...Sandomir mines a rich vein of lustrous personalities."―The New York Times
"The riveting story behind the making of The Pride of the Yankees is finally being told in Richard Sandomir's meticulously researched and gracefully written book. He brings to vivid life Eleanor Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and Samuel Goldwyn's efforts to turn a hero's life into a heartfelt film."―Gay Talese
"If you grew up with The Pride of the Yankees as a yearly staple on Ch. 11--or just watch it now whenever it pops up on MLB Network--you must read Richard Sandomir's book of the same name on the making of that wonderful movie....You'll be done - and ready to watch the movie all over again"―Mike Vaccaro, New York Post
"The brave, tragic story of Lou Gehrig, the great baseball player, was a script waiting to be written. With affection and reportorial savvy, Richard Sandomir describes how one myth begat another to produce the legendary baseball movie that still can make people cry. The Pride of the Yankees recalls a lost world, when Hollywood had the power to create dreams that people wanted to believe."―Julie Salamon, author of The Devil's Candy and Wendy and the Lost Boys
"More than the story of a movie or even an era of baseball, Richard Sandomir's brilliantly reported book transports us back to an age of real heroes who had both grit and elegance. In doing so, he issues a valuable challenge to today's stars: character matters."―James Andrew Miller, bestselling author of Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN
"How was Lou Gehrig's timeless story brought to the Big Screen? Richard Sandomir answers that question with deft precision and warmth."―Tim McCarver, former MLB catcher and announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals
"Sandomir spotlights a significant moment in baseball history and solidifies Gehrig for a new generation of Yankees fans."―ESPN.com
"The fascinating inside story of the 75-year-old film....Even if you've seen the movie 100 times, this book will give you a different perspective."―The Chicago Tribune
"There are very few great movies about sports, but after more than seventy years The Pride of the Yankees remains at the top of the roster because it focuses on the pride and grace that sports, at their best, display. As Richard Sandomir's fascinating book shows, this beautiful movie emerged simply because Samuel Goldwyn needed a vehicle for Gary Cooper, whose gift for quiet anguish made Lou Gehrig immortal. It's an irresistible story."―Scott Eyman, New York Times bestselling author of John Wayne: Life and Legend
"Packed with fascinating new detail, The Pride of the Yankees will be the delight of baseball fans and movie buffs. Think of it as a triple play: great ballplayer, great movie, great book."―Jonathan Eig, author of Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
"An authoritative take on what's factual (not that much), what's fanciful (a whole lot) and what's a bit of both....fans of film and baseball will appreciate Sandomir's book."―The Associated Press
"When it comes to the confluence of sports, business and culture, nobody hits and fields like Rich Sandomir, an all-star, maybe even an Iron Horse."―Robert Lipsyte, author of An Accidental Sportswriter
"Sandomir has written a great book about a movie and a man who has inspired millions. Timed to the 75th anniversary of the film's release, it would make an excellent Father's Day gift."―Sporting News
"Think you know all there is to know about Lou Gehrig and the movie that so movingly tells his tragic story? Think again. In this fascinating new book, the great Richard Sandomir takes us inside the making of The Pride of the Yankees while also delivering rich new detail about Gehrig's short life. It's a cliche to say this book is a home run, but it's true. It is."―Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist and ABC News, CNN, and NPR commentator
"New York Times sports columnist Richard Sandomir reveals for the first time the full story behind the pioneering, seminal movie. Filled with larger than life characters and unexpected facts, the book shows us how Samuel Goldwyn had no desire to make a baseball film but he was persuaded to make a quick deal with Lou's widow, Eleanor, not long after Gehrig had passed. A great book if you want to know, in the immortal words of the late Paul Harvey, 'the rest of the story.'"―Forbes.com
"Richard Sandomir was as well cast to write this book as Gary Cooper was to play the great Gehrig. Baseball fans and movie lovers will devour this book."―David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered and Clemente
"In this emotional and fascinating tale, Sandomir brilliantly captures the spirit of the film and Gehrig's life. Film lovers and baseball fans will enjoy."―Library Journal
"This book is so enjoyable that one day there will be a book about the making of the book that told the story of the making of the movie."―Marty Appel, former public relations director for the New York Yankees and author of Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss
About the Author
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.
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I enjoyed Mr. Sandomir's further discussion of the main players in the book: Gary Cooper, Theresa Wright and Eleanor Gehrig. Both Cooper and Wright were renowned for acting in other movies, though this film was certainly significant in their careers. Eleanor Gehrig was involved in ensuring the proper portrayal of her husband, with significant editorial authority over scripts. I highly recommend this book.
With the decision made to make a movie of his life it took several months to decide who would play the part of Gehrig before the choice of Gary Cooper was made and Teresa Wright playing the part of his wife. Ironically both Cooper and Wright had only a vague familiarity with baseball. Movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn even less so. Gehrig's relationship with his passive father and possessive mother are related in the book as well.
Former baseball star Lefty O'Doul worked with a right-handed hitter like Cooper to swing the bat with some relative authority as a left-hander as
Gehrig was. As with several other biographical movies Hollywood took liberties with some of the facts in Gehrig's life which can be irritating. Gehrig gave his Gettysburg Address to baseball on July 4, 1939, and the success of the movie The Pride of the Yankees surely had some effect on Gehrig's speech being remembered today. If you haven't seen the movie I would suggest you purchase the DVD.which is in glorious black-and-white and then read the book. If the DVD is unavailable to you then read the book. I''m sure you will find it to be worth while. The book contains 260 pages of text and eight pages of photographs.