Lou Gehrig
Witnesses Speak on the Baseball Legend’s Yankee Stadium Farewell

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Lou Gehrig is commemorated as people who witnessed his farewell speech in Yankee stadium on July 4, 1939 remember his powerful words and emotions. They talk about the trophy his teammates presented to him, as well as the meaningful embrace between Gehrig and old teammate Babe Ruth. Gehrig was the … Continue reading

Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth: More Than Just a Great Baseball Player


In a trailer for a documentary chronicling Babe Ruth’s life, historians not only discuss his dominance on the baseball field, but also his contributions off the field. One historian describes how Ruth became a sensation soon after making his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox on July 11, 1914. … Continue reading

Brooklyn Dodgers
Red Barber Recalls Jackie Robinson Breaking the Color Barrier


Red Barber, a play-by-play radio commentator for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1939 to 1953, is asked about Jackie Robinson, who joined the Dodgers in 1947, making him the first African-American to play Major League Baseball (MLB). Barber remembers being told by Branch Rickey, the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, that … Continue reading

Lou Gehrig
Childhood Friend Remembers Gehrig’s Farewell


In an ESPN SportsCentury documentary on Lou Gehrig’s life, David Blumenthal, one of Gehrig’s longtime friends, recounts the day Gehrig gave his famous farewell speech and–even if more than 60 years has passed since the speech–is moved to tears. Although Gehrig went on to live another two years after his … Continue reading

Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig’s Legacy in ‘The Pride of the Yankees’

‘The Triumph Isn’t as Meaningful if There Isn’t Suffering’

Actor Sean Astin talks about one of his favorite movies, “The Pride of the Yankees.” Astin talks about how emotional the film is and how his mother cry whenever she sees it. “The Pride of the Yankees” is a tribute to the career of Lou Gehrig. The film came out in … Continue reading