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Lou Gehrig Story (1956) - B&W - 58 min

LikeTelevision™ is proud to present, from the TV series “Climax“, which ran from 54-58. This show was sponsored by Chrysler. Originally live, Climax was later shot on film. Hosted by William Lundigan and Mary Costa.

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Lou Gehrig Story
Directed by - William H. Brown Jr.

(1956) - B&W - 58 min
Lou Gehrig info:
Played in 2,130 consecutive games from 1925-39 a major league record until Cal Ripken Jr. surpassed it in 1995; led AL in RBI 5 times and HRs 3 times; drove in 100 runs or more 13 years in a row; 2-time MVP (1927,36); hit .340 with 493 HRs over 17 seasons; led NY Yankees to 6 World Series titles; died at age 37 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a rare and incurable disease of the nervous system now better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Born: 6/19/03
Died: 6/2/41

Part one
Introduction contains commercial from Chrysler, who sponsored the show back in the fifties. Russell Johnson complains that Gehrig booted one and lost the game.

Russell Johnson as a Yankee pitcher, full of sour grapes. (Mr. Johnson is best known as the professor on Gilligan's Island).

Part two
Lou is having trouble with his game... a major slump. Finally, he goes to the doctor and the news isn't good.

Part three
Lou and Ella learn to cope as Lou has trouble performing on the diamond.

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Lou Gehrig Story
Directed by - William H. Brown Jr.

Starring - Wendell Long, Harry Carey Jr., James Gregory, Russell Johnson, Jean Hagen, Harry Townes

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Part four
Classic Lou - more character development. Harry Townes plays Lou's doctor.

Part five
Lou and Ella continue to cope with life after baseball. Lou fights hard to beat the disease.

Part six
Conclusion - classic Lou Gehrig speech footage in Yankee stadium. All the greats are there for Lou, including the Bambino himself - Babe Ruth.

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