Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, February 04, 2013

Baseball Researcher: The Pride of the Seeknay

Ever hear the story about the classic movie “The Pride of the Yankees” and how director Sam Wood turned the hopelessly right-handed actor Gary Cooper into a believable version of lefty baseball legend Lou Gehrig? Here’s how Jeffrey Meyers related it in his biography of the Hollywood star, Gary Cooper: American Hero:

Since Cooper couldn’t hit left-handed, the technicians devised an ingenious method of getting around the problem. They reversed the number on his uniform, had him run to third instead of first base and then reversed the print of the film.

...So, did it really happen? We’ll see.

You should probably read the article for the answer, because a lot of work went into it and it’s interesting.  But if you’re lazy and willing to admit it, mouse over:

as far as the final cut of “The Pride of the Yankees” goes, Gary Cooper never wore a backwards Yankees uniform of any sort. He never batted right-handed or ran to third base after swinging. He did indeed learn to bat left-handed. And only in a handful of shots during a brief sequence portraying Gehrig’s days at Hartford did the movie-makers resort to flipping footage in order to make Cooper appear to be a natural left-hander.

The District Attorney Posted: February 04, 2013 at 04:39 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, lou gehrig, movies, the pride of the yankees, yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 04, 2013 at 11:59 PM (#4362849)
Worth watching just to see Babe Ruth, Bill Dickey, Bob Meusel & Mark Koenig playing themselves, as did sportscaster Bill Stern.
   2. esseff Posted: February 05, 2013 at 12:37 AM (#4362854)
I'm more impressed by the technology The District Attorney used to camouflage the answer to the question than the technology the filmmakers used to make Cooper hit left-handed.
   3. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 05, 2013 at 09:06 AM (#4362923)
Really. I mean people are always complaining about being able to block quote stuff correctly and DA is doing this fancy-dancy font thing. Show off.
   4. depletion Posted: February 05, 2013 at 09:17 AM (#4362934)
Thanks for the post, DA.
   5. BDC Posted: February 05, 2013 at 10:09 AM (#4362992)
The DA's right, though: RTFA, it's the tracer of all tracers. Great stuff.
   6. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: February 05, 2013 at 01:50 PM (#4363215)
Fascinating. Was expecting another A-Rod article. This was much better.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Sheer Tim Foli
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-2-15
(34 - 7:49pm, Sep 02)
Last: Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama

NewsblogMike Mussina's Hall of Fame case is strong, so why aren't voters buying it?
(75 - 7:46pm, Sep 02)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogOTP - September 2015: Making Sense Of The Republican Presidential Race: It's Like Major League Baseball In August
(284 - 7:46pm, Sep 02)
Last: zenbitz

NewsblogBatting title would put Cabrera in elite club | FOX Sports
(59 - 7:39pm, Sep 02)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogDon’t let Bird’s bad night jump-start terrible A-Rod experiment | New York Post
(25 - 7:33pm, Sep 02)
Last: willcarrolldoesnotsuk

Newsblog‘Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!’ «
(6 - 7:32pm, Sep 02)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2015
(174 - 7:17pm, Sep 02)
Last: PASTE Will Notice Harper When He Hits .467 (Zeth)

NewsblogNotable Sept. 1 Callups - BaseballAmerica.com
(17 - 7:15pm, Sep 02)
Last: cardsfanboy

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1908 Ballot
(7 - 7:11pm, Sep 02)
Last: John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy

NewsblogBat Flipping Draws Shrugs in South Korea But Scorn in America
(5 - 7:10pm, Sep 02)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogMatt Williams Defends Bullpen Management.
(19 - 7:09pm, Sep 02)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogForbes: Maury Brown: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Rejects Reinstatement Of 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson
(59 - 6:30pm, Sep 02)
Last: Flynn

NewsblogThe Secrets of Baseball Management | FOX Sports
(12 - 5:51pm, Sep 02)
Last: PASTE Will Notice Harper When He Hits .467 (Zeth)

NewsblogKelvin Herrera, Alex Rios infected as chickenpox hits Royals’ clubhouse
(25 - 4:46pm, Sep 02)
Last: rufus was here

NewsblogThe plan appears simple enough: The Miami Marlins this week will ask Dan Jennings to step down as manager and resume his role as GM, according to major-league sources. | FOX Sports
(8 - 3:44pm, Sep 02)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

Page rendered in 0.1603 seconds
44 querie(s) executed