Lou Gehrig

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Lou Gehrig, 1B

 

Career: 1923-39, Yankees
Fun fact: Record 23 grand slams


The real disconnect between Lou Gehrig and Gary Cooper, the actor who portrayed him in "Pride of the Yankees," was that Cooper didn't act like a native New Yorker.

Raised in Yorkville, educated at Columbia, Gehrig was a true New York Yankee. When people imitate Gehrig's farewell speech, they're really imitating Cooper. Listen to the original clip of the speech. You'll hear his New York accent. --Steve Wulf

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