When I was in middle school, I did a report on a book called Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time. I remember coming home from school with an "A" on my paper and proudly showed it to my Mom. She smiled and said, "You know, they made a movie about him too, right?"
My Mom is smart. She knew I would have watched the movie and not read the book.
So, that weekend I remember going down to the local video store and renting Pride of the Yankees and watching it with my Mom and Dad. What a great story Lou Gehrig had and what a tragic end of his life. Yankee fan or not, baseball fan or not, his story is a true American story.
Now, years later, I have a friend of mine who has Lou Gehrig's disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS). Like Gehrig, she is facing this cruel disease with the same courage and faith...something I know I couldn't possibly do. It is a real pleasure to call her my friend and she and her husband are great examples for my life.
To learn more about ALS please visit this website.
Cooper's scene with Gehrig's famous speech at Yankee Stadium...
The whole movie is on YouTube! Here's Part 1!