Sunday media: 75 years later, why Hollywood’s version of ‘The Pride of the Yankees’ has Gary Cooper etched in history as Lou Gehrig

On one side of La Cienega Blvd., in Beverly Hills sits the classic mission-like structure that houses the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ research facility. Across the street is the baseball diamond at La Cienega Park.

It wasn’t lost on Richard Sandomir as he poured over files in the Margaret Herrick Library room to complete his new book, “The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper and the Making of a Classic.” When the moment struck, he could walk a few hundred feet to the area of what is now a dressed-up Little League field and try to imagine how parts of this movie actually happened.

“It obviously doesn’t look as close to what it once did, but I would go over there and look around for angles that would make me think, ‘Maybe this is where Gary Cooper was standing’,” said the New York Times’ former sports media columnist, referring to where famed film maker Sam Goldwyn tried to recreate the New York Yankees’ St. Petersburg, Fla., spring training site.

It became an important scene in the 1942 classic. More at this link …

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