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I got some Sweet Caporal cards.
Grover Cleveland Alexander.
Tris Speaker, Johnny Evers?
Come on, let's play ball.
Three strikes and he's out.
Put it over the plate now.
Your professors here, come and take.
Not in a minute, Sasha, now.
You gonna let me take his place, Murph?
Come on, over the plate now.
We can't wait here all day.
I can't do anything without my wife.
I didn't mean to do it, Mom.
I didn't know I could hit that far.
He busted Colletti's window.
I told him, Mama, he should carry glass insurance.
Mr. Coletti, let me work it out after school.
No, Louis, what we break, we pay for.
$16.25, laves $2.25 I owe you.
You better be, young Gehrig, but I'm telling
you, that was a mighty wallop.
I feel awful about it, Mom.
I'll pay you back the money.
I promised to fix Mrs. Reagan's dumbwaiter.
It isn't just the money, Lou, it's the time you waste.
I'll get my working papers.
How many times have I told you, I
want you to go to school and high school and college and--
look at your papa, look at me.
We didn't go to school, and what are we?
I want you to be somebody.
Like your Uncle Otto, Louie.
He went to university, he graduated.
Don't you see, Louie, that's why I'm cooking at Columbia,
so you can go there someday be an engineer
Mom, maybe I ain't cut out to be an engineer.
In this country, you can be anything you want to be.
Don't you want to be an engineer like your Uncle Otto?
Whatever you want me to be.
This fraternity has standards.
You just can't ignore his family.
Yeah, but he's a cinch to be a four-letter man.
His mother is the best cook at Columbia.
Somehow that doesn't add up to Sigma Alpha Psi in my mind.
Oh, Lou's all right, Van.
Just trying to maintain a certain standard.
How'd you like to get this right in the--
Hold on, hold on, hold on.
All those in favor of pledging Lou Gehrig?
That's what you want, I won't stand in your way.
Hang a pledge pin on him, but don't
expect me to call him brother.
I don't know why this has to happen
every night before dinner.
You certainly smacked that ball
around this afternoon, Lou.
Tough on the guys who live in the dormitory.
You never know when you're going to get
a baseball in your geometry.
What's your batting average now?
I'll swap it for your math grade.
You know, I'm not much on talking.
I'd just like to say thanks, fellas.
The soup is getting cold.
Oh, Lou, they took you in.
Oh, Lou, everything is going so fine now.
First Columbia, then a fraternity.
And the next thing, you will be an engineer.
This is just the pledge pin.
I get the real pin before long.
And when I get it, I'm supposed to give it to my best girl.
You still my best girl, Ma?
It'll mean you'll have to go steady with me.
You can't even look at anybody else.
Well, Sam, I'm going to build my football
team around a new man next fall, a great half back.
Somebody gunning for you, Jim?
Well, I guess it's always open season on football coaches,
especially you sportswriters.
Oh, say, that's the half back I was telling you about, Lou
Gehrig, a line-plunging fool.
For a kid that can hit a baseball this far?
Well, Sam, there's a pretty stiff
wind blowing this direction.
Yeah, and that wind could blow him
right into the major leagues.
Oh,no, lay off, will ya, Sam?
That's what happened to Eddie Collins,
the greatest second baseman we ever had at Columbia.
It's spread all over the sports pages,
and the first thing we know, he's
playing professional baseball.
Lay off of this kid, will ya, Sam?
I'm a newspaper man, Jim, and that sure was some wallop.
All right, of you won't introduce me,
then I'll just go right up and introduce myself.
I simply can't dare not meeting him.
I suppose you'll think I'm terribly fresh,
but I just couldn't stand it another minute.
Lou, you seemed to have made a conquest.
Mile-a-minute Myra, the All-American prom-trotter.
Miss Tinsley, may I present Mr. Gehrig?
I do, Mr. Gehrig, is just wonderful.
What chance have I got against a great athlete?
Pay no attention to me, you two, I'll just go away somewhere
and drink myself to death.
Aren't you going to ask me to dance?
Wouldn't you condescend to dance with a little Miss
I guess I don't dance very well, Miss Tinsley.
Oh, you and your modesty.
Athletes do everything well.
Don't you want to dance with me?
Would you care to dance, Miss Tinsley?
I could just die dancing with you.
But it seems such a waste of time.
I know a place where we can be all by our lonesome.
I never danced before in my life.
I was scared stiff, Miss Tinsley.
Would you like to dance again?
First, I want to know all about you.
Ah, now, a great big famous person like you?
Well, you've even had your name in the paper.
Tell me, do you just adore baseball?
You see, I'm not going to be a ballplayer.
Mom wants me to be an engineer.
And you're going to do what your mother wants?
You're going to be an old engineer who never gets
his name in the paper or anything,
just because your mother wants you to.
You're the one that's wonderful.
Are you going to remember me, Lou?
Maybe these will help you to.
Of course, they will, because they're like you.
(SINGING) Night and day time, always play--
Well, here he is now, the pride of the ballroom.
You're the one that's wonderful.
What are you going to be when you grow up, Van?
Well, I'd like to be a great big fireman,
because I'm so good at it.
But the mater won't let me, she wants me to be a motorman.
Oh, Van, even though the big league teams are begging you
on their bended knees to join them, you will remember us,
Why, I don't need anything to make me remember you.
But I'd like to have the these because they're like you.
Oh, Lou, there's a fellow from the Yankees looking for ya.
- Oh, more jokes, huh? - No.
Miller Huggins of the Yankees says he--
Oh, you're trying to be funny too, huh?
What made you give Mr. Blake the rush act last night?
He came up to your fraternity house to do you a favor.
you mean that you want to--
Let's start all over again.
This is Sam Blake of the "Evening Standard."
There's no law that says you have
to played with the Yankees, but it's no insult to be asked.
You mean the New York Yankees?
Not the Chillicothe Yankees.
Gee, that's wonderful, but I'm going to be an engineer.
POP GEHRIG: Don't get up, Mother.
POP GEHRIG: No, you are not all right.
POP GEHRIG: It's something, Lou.
MA GEHRIG: Never mind, he'll cost $2.
We must get your wife to the hospital immediately.
The General Hospital is really crowded just now,
but I'll see if I can make arrangements.
There must be room in one of the wards.
Ma's not going to a ward.
She's going to have the best of everything, a good room
But beggars can't be choosers.
A private hospital costs money, and where
I know where I can get it.
Tell the doc not to bother.
I'll make all the arrangements.
Aren't you even going to read what you're signing?
Well, just in case you're interested,
you're the property of the New York Yankees from now on.
Only, I think we'll have to smooth off the rough edges.
Now, to start with, I'm going to send
you up to play with Hartford.
Here you are. - Thank you.
Try to keep your afternoons free, will ya?
Maybe he signed with the wrong team.
He's nutty enough to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
You'll never be sorry you signed him.
That's wonderful, Louie, wonderful.
But one thing I don't understand,
they send you from New York to Hartford
to bring you back to New York.
I will never understand America.
You see, they're sending me there
for the experience I need.
That's the way they work it.
How are you going to work it?
Mama, I've got to go make a phone call.
Hey, wait a minute, grab a hold of that.
How they treating you, Ma?
I can't get over how much they give you here for nothing.
Why, all the city hospitals are free, Ma.
Everybody treats me like a queen.
I want to tell you something.
It's-- it's nothing, Mom, really.
Oh, Louie, you are going to be a great engineer,
and Harvard's engineering school is good, huh?
But, Louie, suppose she finds out, what about me?
Protect yourself in the clinches, Pop.
She'll write the letters, but you mail them.
What about the money you will be sending me?
Good morning, Mrs. Gehrig.
The one says white, the other black.
You must be very proud of your son.
My Lou, of course, but I just can't get over
how wonderful everything is with my husband, Mr. Gehrig,
My husband told me in the hospital
how wonderful his job was.
You want to know when he leaves for work?
When he doesn't feel like it, he doesn't go to work at all.
Political, at $25 a week.
Oh, I couldn't wait for you to come to the door.
You should be a proud father.
Didn't you read in the paper about Lou?
We'll talk about it later.
If you don't mind, I think there a few things I ought
to talk over with the folks.
Well, how's my best girl, huh?
I'll be right back, Louie.
About Hartford, I didn't go there just because I
I went because we needed the money.
You were sick and the doctor said you might die.
I wish I had died rather than see you
give up everything we planned.
It's not such a disgrace to play for the Yankees.
That's what we came to America for.
A wonderful country where everybody has an equal chance.
That's why you studied, why you went to Columbia,
so that you could play baseball.
After all my plans for you to follow after your Uncle Otto.
Yes, and he'd turn over in his grave
if he knew what happened in the family.
People have to live their own lives.
Nobody can live it for you.
Nobody could have made a ballplayer out of Uncle Otto,
and nobody can make anything but a ballplayer out of me.
Oh, you are good for nothing.
All baseballers are good for nothing.
You've never been to a ball game.
Lots of people go every day men, women, and children.
Maybe there's something to it.
Why don't you come out some afternoon
and watch me play so you can judge for yourself, huh, Mom?
You sure we came to the right ballpark?
And those are not the players?
They are getting the field ready, Mama.
What do they do with the pillows?
I can't understand it, so many people with nothing to do.
Scorecard, get your scorecard, folks.
You can't tell the players without a scorecard, lady.
The others are none of my business.
Scorecard, get your scorecard, folks.
Hey, Babe, was that homer yesterday 38 or 39?
Don't know, but I'll hit 'em and you count 'em.
You sure we came to the right ballpark?
What did you say the name of this genius was?
$5 will get you $10, you don't remember any part of it
Come on, Sam, give me the ball.
Will you give me the ball?
I want you to keep your eye on Wally Pipp
Now, I know you can hit, but fielding is important too.
HECKLER 1: What's the matter, Wally?
You getting weak? Hit it.
HECKLER 2: It's down the middle.
Take your time, Wally old boy.
Better take me out, Miller.
I've been seeing double since I was beaned the other day.
That's a tough break, Wally.
Now, get a hold of one, kid.
I know you can do it. - OK.
ANNOUNCER: Gehrig now batting for Pipp.
You started something, Eleanor.
I seemed to have tied a label on that rookie.
Are you putting a jinx on him?
Oh, no, no, Sam, but you ought to have a nurse around.
Better get to the clubhouse, have the Doc look you over.
I'm all right, Mr. Huggins.
I've been waiting too long to get in.
Kill you to get you out of the lineup?
Babe, we're waiting for ya.
What will it be tonight, Mr. Ruth?
Well, I'll have a couple of those,
smothered with pork chops.
Enjoying your stay in Chicago?
Gotta let them win once in a while.
There's your friend, the Hot Dog King's daughter.
Yeah, tell them to bring some horseshoes with them when they
come to New York next spring.
Oh, you can't win with alibis.
Has he come to yet, or can't you tell?
Hey, you gave that Rookie an awful riding out there today.
Have you made up your mind yet, Miss Twitchell?
Yeah, I think I'll have some lamb chops and pineapple.
Miss Twitchell, Mr. Gehrig.
Well, if we're even, maybe you'll sit down with us?
You're not going to pull it out, are you?
Well, Mr. Gehrig, I hear this was your first game today.
My first appearance, and am I glad to get
out of the lumber business, but you don't know what that means.
Picking splinters off your pants from sitting on the bench
How long do you expect to stay off the bench, Mr. Gehrig?
Well, I tell ya, I've got a hunch I'm going
to be playing for a long while.
Wally Pipp must be awful sick.
Say, what are you doing with this Yankee?
- Hello, Sam. - Hello, Mr. Twitchell.
This is my father, Mr. Gehrig.
Oh, the Yankee's new first baseman, huh?
I like the way you stand up to the ball, Gehrig.
I see your father knows a baseball
Yes, he stands up to the plate fine.
He falls down on the bats pretty good too, Dad.
Won't you join us, Mr. Twitchell?
Say, uh, Blake, you know a lot about women.
What does it mean when a girl says you remind
her of a Newfoundland puppy?
Well, if it was an Airedale that would be bad,
or a police dog would be fatal, but a Newfoundland puppy,
I'd see her again if I was you.
I think he's got a pinochle deck.
Hey, where have you been, son?
He get on the train all right?
Look, I've watched this game for four hands now--
Oh, oh, you've had some swell hats, Babe,
Now, listen, you mugs, lay off of this one.
If I see anyone touch it, I'll knock his teeth in.
We can look at it, can't we, Babe?
You know, from a distance?
Don't try to kid me, Mark.
Well, don't look too hard.
You know that's the fifth straw hat I've bought this season,
Go ahead, butch, take a bite.
If you're one of us, you'll take a bite.
He didn't even need cream and sugar.
That Gehrig's the chump of all time,
fallen for a gag like that.
Oh, he doesn't know about gags.
Yeah, what does he know about, Mr. Bones?
A guy like that is a detriment to any sport.
He's a boob with a batting eye.
He wakes up, brushes his teeth, hikes out to the ballpark,
hits the ball, hikes back to the hotel room,
reads the funny papers, gargles, and goes to bed.
Let me tell you about heroes, Hank.
I've covered a lot of them, and I'm saying
Gehrig is the best of the.
No front page scandals, no daffy excitements,
no horn piping in the spot--
But a guy who does his job and nothing else.
He gets a lot of fun out of it, and 50 million other people
get a lot of fun out of him.
Watching him do something better than anybody
You'd be right, Sam, if all baseball fans
were as big boobs as Gehrig.
They are the same kind of boobs as Gehrig.
Only without a batting eye.
That's why I'm putting my money on Gehrig.
There's a package for you, Louie.
Maybe I better pack it just like it is.
Where did you say you play first, Louie?
They call me Tanglefoot in Chicago.
Yeah, only she didn't mean it.
That's the way you talk about a city, Mom.
Well, that's my new suit.
You never had one like this before.
It's what they call a tuxedo.
Some people call it a tux.
You wear it when you go out at night.
Louie, am I still your best girl?
Take care of my girl, Pop.
Have you seen Mr. Twitchell lately?
Yeah, the fellow we met at the Rathskellar
I didn't know he'd made such an impression.
Say you wanted to find Mr. Twitchell, you
But I don't want to find Mr. Twitchell.
Don't worry, you're bound to run into Eleanor one of these days.
Yes, she'll know where her father is.
It's really quite simple.
I'll bet Twitchell misses you too.
One of the boys is very anxious to see him.
Oh, yes, he's talked an awful lot about your father.
He's practically talked about nothing else.
Gehrig, snap out of it, will ya?
HECKLER 1: Gehrig, what's the matter.
You did it again, mister.
Would you please go away?
All right, mister, you're next.
See if you can be as lucky as he was.
Don't you want to see me shoot first?
Come on, gents, it's only a nickel.
That little fellow must be awful strong.
Try it again, mister, just to prove that wasn't a fluke.
Go on, try it-- now, then watch him, here he goes.
He did it before. he'll do it again.
Hey, I've never tried that.
I'll ring the bell once for you.
I'll bet he'll probably break the bell.
He looks like a strong fella. he might break the machine.
Oh, why, Lou, aren't you gonna ring the bell for me?
What would you like to eat?
Oh, I'm really not so hungry.
The whole time you've been here,
you've been saying how hungry you are.
Well, I must have waited too long
then, because I'm not hungry now.
Oh, you, mister, the little lady
wants to see how strong you are.
Don't disappoint the little lady.
Ring the bell, win a prize.
That's all you have to do.
Don't disappoint the little lady.
That's all there is to it.
Ring the bell, and win a prize.
Look, you gotta get your wrist into it.
In anything athletic, you gotta get the wrist in.
Now watch me. Stand back.
Watch him, folks. Watch him.
Ring the bell and win a prize.
What would you like to eat?
Oh, hot dogs and champagne.
(SINGING) I'll be loving you always.
With a love that's true always.
When the things you've planned need a helping hand,
I will understand always.
Days may not be fair always, that's when
Not for just an hour, not for just a day,
not for just a year, but always.
Well, Mr. Gehrig, to you first World Series.
We've got six more cities waiting for us,
Did you realize this is my last night in Chicago this season?
Six more to go, six more goodbyes.
Well, you play in seven cities when you're on the road,
you must have a girl in every city?
A ballplayer is a lot like a sailor, isn't he?
What's Miss Boston's name?
I never said I had a girl in Boston.
Why, Lou, I don't know what you mean by your girl.
I guess that's what I mean.
I guess I thought you were.
Whatever gave you that idea?
I've seen you four days in a row,
and you're out with me here tonight.
Isn't that what best girls do?
I wonder if I'm going to miss you?
Can't you find out before I go?
I like that tune, don't you?
Lou, if I do miss you, I wish I knew how much I'm going to.
I wish you knew before I left.
Lou, where do you go from here?
All right, I'll close my eyes and make
believe it's tomorrow night, and I'm dancing with someone else.
Yeah, I get the idea, uh-huh.
Yep, I'm sitting in the lobby of the Statler Hotel.
Let me see, who do I know?
You got a ball club of your own.
(SINGING) Not for just an hour, not for just a day,
not for just a year, but always.
All right, hold it, Babe.
Hand the ball to the kid now.
Give us a big smile, Billy.
Can you sit up a little, son?
Now, let's have one with your arm around the kid.
Can you look up at Mr. Ruth now, sonny?
Page one on every rag from coast to coast, or I
go back to the copy desk.
And once more, Billy, I'm going to hit a home
run for you this afternoon.
And what's more, you can pick your own field.
I wonder if you'll autograph this for me.
Mr. Ruth, will you autograph mine too, please?
Keep your chin up, Billy.
Will you put your name on it too?
You're quite a fan, aren't ya?
I haven't missed a game this season.
Thanks I like to play baseball.
Billy, you know there isn't anything you can't
do if you try hard enough.
Could you knock a home run for me this afternoon?
You've already been promised one by Babe Ruth.
Well, that's a pretty tall order.
Could you knock two homers?
Two homers in a World Series?
Well, Mr. Gehrig, you said that you can do anything
if you tried hard enough.
I'll hit two homers for ya, if you hit one for me?
You've got to promise me that one of these days
you're going to get up out of this bed
and go home on your own power.
If you want to do something hard enough, you can do it.
OK, we can both do it, can't we?
RADIO ANNOUNCER: It's just been definitely
announced that all threat of rain has disappeared.
The World Series between New York and St. Louis
will be resumed here this afternoon as scheduled.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,
this Bill Stern speaking from Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.
This is the World Series that will make history.
The Babe has just stepped up to the plate.
The Babe's going to try for the home run,
but it's not for the crowd.
I'll tell you something the crowd
doesn't know anything about.
This one's going to be for a little boy
It's an IOU from the Sultan of Swat to a little crippled kid.
RADIO ANNOUNCER: There goes a home run out
in the center field bleachers.
Ruth's going to first base.
Yankees come up out of their dugout,
a smile all over the faces of the New York Yankees.
Miller Huggins has a grin on his map from ear to ear.
Things aren't bad enough here in St. Louis.
The next man up has to be Lou Gehrig.
Ruth is coming into home plate now.
Oh, Babe Ruth is pretty good too.
Now, Gehrig is in the batter's box, and in just a second,
I think we'll be all set to g--
Folks, this is going to be a great day for little Billy
I've just been informed that Lou Gehrig has promised
to hit two home runs for him.
It's a home run for Lou Gehrig.
RADIO ANNOUNCER: A home run for Gehrig.
Gehrig puts it right over the base.
The Yankees have come up out of their dugout,
Miller Huggins leading them.
What a duel, what a duel this is.
A batting duel between the two Kings
of Clout, Ruth and Gehrig.
Each one has knocked out a home run,
but Gehrig has promised two home runs
for that kid in the hospital.
Here's a $10 says he can't.
Here's a $10 says he can.
Catcher's down, gives the signal.
RADIO ANNOUNCER: Strike two.
The ball is back to the pitcher mound, takes his time.
Strike three, Gehrig's out.
Oh, Louie didn't want Babe Ruth to feel too bad.
It's the sixth inning now.
After that second home run for Billy, that little boy
RADIO ANNOUNCER: Gehrig seems to be a little over anxious today.
He's reaching for some bad ones.
He's trying too hard for that second home run for that kid.
That was a sucker bet, Blake.
I hate to take that $10 from you.
And he takes his bat off his shoulder.
Maybe he things there's a hole in it.
RADIO ANNOUNCER: Strike three.
Papa, maybe you better call Lou on the long distance
and tell him to stop fooling.
Better hurry. Better hurry.
Now, remember, Lou, take it easy.
You might as well kick in with a $20, Blake.
Last time at bat in this World Series, and if they walk him,
That's a lot better than giving Lou Gehrig a chance to park
that apple over the fence.
Counts, no strikes, three balls, two out.
If you haven't got $30, I'll take your left leg on account.
What do you think of that one?
Two home runs in one World Series game.
He's really a man, that man.
From now on, they're going to have to spell Gehrig's
Gehrig, Gehrig, Gehrig, Gehrig, Gehrig.
Hey, guys, how about a half a dozen collars?
Mr. Gehrig, telegram for you.
Hey, don't tear my clothes.
Everything all right, Lou?
What are you doing here then?
I was calling on a young lady.
Well, if you must know, I was calling on the young lady
Yeah, you look like him too.
I didn't recognize you in the dark.
Glad to know you, Gehrig.
So you're gonna ask her to marry ya, huh?
You knocked out a couple of homers yesterday, didn't ya?
Yeah, I got a little lucky.
Yeah, well, hope you have good luck today too.
Is Miss Twitchell at home?
Wake her up and tell her Lou Gehrig wants to see her,
Will you come in and wait in the parlor?
You're kind of fidgety, huh?
MAID: Policeman wants to see you.
MAID: And a fellow called Lou Gehrig.
I guess you don't need me anymore.
MA GEHRIG: Louie should be home most any minute.
I don't know what's keeping him.
Tessie, don't you see him yet?
Why didn't Lou home on the same train with the team?
I bet Lou will be glad to get back
home after all that hotel food.
Yes, tonight we have stuffed breast of veal
and tomorrow night fried eels.
I don't know what's keeping him.
Papa's in there fussing with the food again.
I give you the instructions.
You said you would tell Apfell.
You have ruined everything.
Ain't my fault, Mrs. Gehrig.
Look, they made Louie a right-handed batter.
I didn't even know what it was.
Mr. Apfell just told me to deliver it.
The only one in American that don't know Louie is a southpaw,
and he has to be our baker.
Maybe nobody will notice.
What do you think happened to the cake.
I mean, Eleanor Twitchell.
Lou, that was some ballgame.
Mr. Jones and Miss Martin, and Mrs. Larsen.
Well, listen, folks, there's something I've got to tell you.
Well, I guess there's only one way to do this thing.
Ma or Mrs. Gehrig meet Mrs. Gehrig.
As soon as we get married.
Lou's done nothing but talk about you, Mrs. Gehrig.
I've got some refreshments in the other room.
I brought you the ball we used in the third game.
The trouble with you, Mama, you are not modern.
A young fellow nowadays, he's engaged.
He takes his girl back to her hotel.
It's 10 minutes to the hotel, 10 minutes back,
but it doesn't mean he gets home in 20 minutes.
By the end of next season, you can finish up in Chicago.
Then you can come back here, get an apartment, and fix it up.
And then we'll get married.
I think she's giving us a gentle hint.
Lou, do you think your mother likes me?
How can she help liking you?
She ought to be jealous of you,
because you're so pretty and everything.
I'm jealous of you myself.
I must say, Miss, you picked out the most
beautiful number in the store.
Ellie, if you are looking for a chifforobe--
I found it, Mom, just what I want.
Don't look very practical.
And it looks secondhand too.
Louie can afford to buy new stuff.
Mom, I've worked out sort of a scheme.
It was only a suggestion.
You see, the rug in the bedroom--
It's exactly the right size for your living room.
Oh, I was planning on something more a pastel shade.
It's almost an exact duplicate of the first rug
That's why I bought it for you.
It's your wedding present, Ellie.
I asked them to bring it up to see how it would look.
You can live with it for awhile,
and then if you don't like it--
I promise, you won't send it back.
I just want you to let me show you how it looks.
Well, you've made a mistake.
That's the wrong pattern.
This is the one I selected.
It was changed this morning.
But, Mama, this little rose pattern I picked out--
I guarantee you wouldn't like it if you saw it on the wall.
Lou was with me when I picked it out.
Louie, I never give you much advice.
First, you wouldn't take it.
Second, I've been married 35 years, Louie,
and I've learnt one thing.
Can't you read between the lines, Louie, what I'm saying.
It's not anything I can say in so many words,
and yet it's something that if you don't handle it right--
Don't say anything about this to Mama, hm?
ELEANOR: It's all right, Mama.
It doesn't make that much difference.
And if you don't like the chifforobe.
I'll probably get used to it.
You are very sweet, Ellie, to admit you are wrong.
Oh, look, Louie, the same wallpaper
we had when you were a little boy.
It's not the one she ordered.
The drawers were too small.
She likes this wallpaper too, at first.
But I convinced her that pattern was better.
Well, she's very sensible, Louie.
You are lucky to get a girl like her.
Just had a nice talk with your mother-in-law.
Mostly about interior decorating, especially
wallpaper and chifforobes.
You know that wallpaper you picked out for the bedroom?
Your mother picked out another pattern.
And it's terrible, and so is that chifforobe.
You mean the man that just came in?
I mean, the one that just went out.
I told them to take it back.
I'd have nightmares looking at that thing.
Lou Gehrig, I think I could learn to like you.
I hope you didn't hear Mama's feelings.
I probably did, but she'll get over it.
You can't run a baseball team with two captains
or a household with two bosses.
There's only going to be one boss in this house.
So you better get that apron off and get your nose powdered.
I just telephoned Sam Blake to get the mayor of New
Rochelle over here right away.
I thought you wanted to get married?
Giving the ring and join hands.
Now, therefore, I, by virtue of the authority reposed in me--
I pronounce they are man and wife.
Come on, the party is over.
We've got to get this house ready for living in.
Put the bathtub in there.
Mr. Blake, Mr. Blake, you better
arrange right away for a leave of absence for Louie.
Atlantic City would be a good place.
I haven't missed a game since I joined the team.
Oh, he does, I'll get a divorce.
You mean, you are not going to have a honeymoon?
Of course, the Yankee Stadium.
Say, we better get going if Ellie wants
to stop and change her dress.
I'll miss batting practice.
50 miles an hour on a thoroughfare.
I know it's terrible, but it'll be
terrible if we don't get to the Yankee Stadium in 15 minutes.
Oh, yeah, it'll be terrible if you don't get there
for the start of the game.
It would be terrible if Lou Gehrig doesn't get there
for the start of the game.
You know, he hasn't missed a game
since he joined the Yankees.
This is our 10th wedding anniversary.
We've been married 10 minutes.
Oh, you just got married?
What do you know about that?
Pardon me, Officer, but the game
starts in exactly 14 minutes.
Well, what are we waiting for?
You want to get pinched for holding up traffic?
That's the way to go in there.
Knocking the rice off your spikes?
All right, pitch to me now.
That was a thank you for marrying me.
That was a thank you for marrying me.
He says that was thank you for marrying him.
Not so bad for a guy who nobody was going to remember.
One more kissing the bride, huh, Mr. Gehrig?
Now, what about the one where the bride kisses the groom?
I never know you were such a hound
for publicity, Mr. Gehrig.
I don't even care if there's no film in their cameras.
Well, best of luck to you, Lou.
You'll get a great play on these pictures, boys,
taken the day that Lou won all three
American League Championships, batting average, home runs.
You got it wrong, boys, this is the day I got married.
You've got to forgive me, honey, I was held up.
The boss had a brainstorm.
He gambled for two hours.
Finally, I said, look, Boss, this is Lou Gehrig's birthday.
I'm master of ceremonies, so goodbye.
I suppose Lou's sore at me, huh?
I was hoping he was with you.
Did he say-- well, I did see him after the game.
Well, it was kind of late.
You see, we hung around for a while.
See, what'd he say when he telephoned?
Well, he-- he was probably detained somewhere,
maybe something important.
Oh, Ellie, don't be like that.
You don't know how lucky you are.
Most women, when their husbands are late,
they got to worry, because he's either drunk
or run into a dame or something.
But you with Lou, boy, all you've got to do
I'll bet this is the first time he's
late since he's married ya.
This is the fourth time, Sam.
4 times in 10 weeks, that's perfectly understandable.
Have you tried calling up anywhere?
Now, Ellie, don't talk like that.
You know Lou is true blue.
And don't get hysterical.
Things like this happen all the--
I'm perfectly controlled.
Just learned to face the facts.
Ellie, I tell you you're wrong.
There's some explanation that doesn't appear on the surface.
Ellie, you've got to go back.
You can't walk in on them like this.
I tell you you can't afford to make a scandal.
Almost killed my faith in human nature.
A guy with a wife like you.
Well, pal or no pal, I'm going to take a baseball bat
and bust his skull wide open.
I'm going to make him wish he was never born.
I'm going to hound that guy for the rest of his life.
Well, of all the dirty, low down tricks.
You almost made me have a nervous breakdown.
23 to 22, end of the ninth.
He'll be right along now.
Don't talk to me, you Borgia.
He knew a ballplayer when he saw one.
When you said that, the Chicago Rathskeller
jumped right up in my lap.
That wasn't yesterday, was it, Tanglefoot?
I sure didn't know what I was walking into that day.
Mr. Gehrig, meet Miss Twitchell, and I
left my little world behind me.
Baseball life's so different.
It's sort of a little world all by itself.
You play it in the spring, summer, and fall,
and talk about it in winter.
You really eat, drink, and sleep it.
Yes, you have had a dish of it.
And here it is, spring again.
I suppose these spring training trips must
be kind of dull for a girl.
How about you passing up Florida this spring?
You know, taking a little vacation for yourself.
It's been a long time since you palled around with the team.
Give you a little vacation too.
We have seen a lot of each other.
Oh, Lou, you don't want to go without me, do you?
Not only that, you just handed me
my next story on a silver platter, how
I beat my wife, by Lou Gehrig.
Lay off our private life.
Then what'll I write above?
If I was in the middle of the Sahara Desert, dying of thirst,
I'll see you at the ballpark.
Lou, why didn't you want Sam to write
Because-- because that's something that
belongs to just the two of us.
It's been a pretty good little ole private life
Even though we never had a honeymoon?
We've never had anything else.
You want a bust in the nose?
Just trying to clean up some of that poison
pen stuff of yours, that's all.
Gehrig's accidental home run yesterday.
I'm only putting down what Babe Ruth thinks.
Well, you don't need paper for that.
You can write all that Babe ever thought on a piece of confetti.
Oh, that was pretty brainy, I suppose, you having Gehrig
call Ruth the Ex-King of Swat?
Ruth will show you some facts in this column tomorrow.
Well, any facts Ruth dreams up will be topped by Lou Gehrig
without borrowing your opium pipe.
These just came, Mrs. Gehrig.
Hm, just like the kind Mom used to try to make.
It's Mom's recipe, as if you didn't know it.
- Anybody at home? - Hello.
Lou's been raving about your flapjack recipe, Mom.
Well, don't let him eat too many, Ellie.
Then I can quit baseball.
I've always had a hankering to go in for engineering,
The best ballplayer in the world should
waste his time like that.
Lou always told me his Uncle Otto--
The world is full of Otto's.
But how many Lou Gehrig's are there?
Eating flapjacks on the most important day of his life.
Don't tell me you have forgotten what day this is?
Ellie, I haven't forgotten?
No, it's not my birthday either.
Or Mom's or Pop's, and it's not our wedding anniversary.
I'm surprised at you, Ellie.
Today's the day Lou Gehrig is playing his 2,000
consecutive baseball game.
Look at him pretending he don't care.
What do you say you miss today's game?
They've gone crazy maybe.
It's no news when Lou's in the lineup.
The real news is if he misses a game.
And come on, get a wiggle on, you.
The ballpark will be crowded, and the fans
will give you an automobile.
Maybe they will give him a yacht.
An automobile or a yacht or the Statue of Liberty.
Well, all right, if that's the way you feel about it,
but I warn you, all you'll get is a horseshoe of roses.
Don't be so cynical, Ellie.
Good luck, Lou Gehrig, on a ribbon.
You don't appreciate Lou's importance, Ellie.
They'll give him an automobile at least.
So you don't appreciate my importance.
I'm going to get an automobile or a yacht.
All right, all right, if you insist.
But you'll come home with a horseshoe of roses.
What's the matter with him?
Three runs behind and you want to bunt.
The pitcher has been missing the corner since the sixth inning.
Why don't you tell McCarthy how to run his job.
McCarthy is going great today.
He has pulled three boners I know of.
And how would you like to shut up yourself?
Say, why don't you both shut up?
I was lucky to get away with my life.
Last time in the ninth with the bases full.
If I had my way, darling, I'd give you the Yankee Stadium.
Well, I wanted to knock a home run for ya today.
If they only knew what I know.
If they only realized what lies back of those 2,000 games
This is for the time in Chicago you got beaned
This for having brown eyes.
That's for when you played 12 innings in St. Louis
Here's for being the greatest fan a man ever had.
That's for when you had 103 fever
and played a double-header.
This is for sitting up all night and curing me.
This is for when yo had the flu and wouldn't quit.
That's for not letting me quit.
This is for all the times you've had broken fingers
and not told me about them.
Here's for putting up with me all these years.
I must have sprained my shoulder or something.
It felt kind of stiff at the game.
Maybe that's why I struck out?
Those kids don't know what to do with their speed.
Lucky you got out of the way so quick.
Bill, what's the matter with Lou?
I certainly came down here like an old ice wagon.
That should have been a hit easy.
Ah, they can't all be hits.
I tell ya, Lou, maybe you're trying too hard.
Why don't you hit the shower and take the rest of the day
Well, the old man made it.
It's worse than being a golf widow,
waiting for your husband to run around a ballpark.
I'll get a wheelchair and push you around.
Threw it right down the drain.
Yeah, that's a batting champion for you.
Did you see him swing like an old lady?
They ought to give you your money back on a game like that.
That game was just booted away.
I got better support than that in the bush league.
Well, I can't pitch and play first base too.
That old man on first outta have some crutches
Save the fight for the field, boys.
You watch, Gehrig will come back.
RADIO ANNOUNCER: Every ballplayer
has a slump eventually, but in Gehrig's case,
It's obviously a breakdown.
No, sir, he ain't through.
I tell you Mr. Gehrig can't be through.
15 years, and all of a sudden, he goes sour.
Gehrig must be having trouble with his teeth.
Joe, you better send someone in for me.
I-- I can't make it anymore.
You sure you want it that way?
Dahlgren, get in there at first.
RADIO ANNOUNCER: Your attention, please.
Dahlgren now playing first base for New York, replacing Gehrig.
It's a routine, I'm telling ya.
Why, in a place like this, they give you
the x-ray, the cardiograph, the metabolism,
the fluoroscope, the works.
Then they're liable to tell you you got dandruff.
It's happened time and again.
I had a friend come up here once--
Got any chewing gum, Sam?
I had a talk with the doctor the other day.
He said he never ran up against a better physical specimen.
Strong as an ox, he said you were.
I talked with that x-ray guy too, boy.
What a send off he gave ya.
I'm afraid you'll have to give up baseball for a while.
I'm a man who likes to know his batting average.
I've only made a superficial examination of the tests.
We shall need some new x-rays.
Give it to me straight, Doc.
Am I through with baseball?
You heard what the doc said, Lou.
He's got to go over the tests again.
Is it three strikes, Doc?
DOCTOR: You want it straight?
Doc, if I've learned one thing,
all of the arguing in the world can't change
the decision of the umpire.
How much time have I got?
WOMAN ON INTERCOM: Mrs. Gehrig is waiting.
DOCTOR: Have her come up, please.
Doc, I don't want Mrs. Gehrig to know ever.
I understand, but the newspapers--
Sam here can take care of that.
I'll cook up something to--
Well, darling, the verdict's in.
I'm not such a bad ballplayer, I really got something.
Well, I'd be cured by the time I could learn to pronounce it.
Can you pronounce it, Doctor?
We really haven't concluded all our tests, Mrs. Gehrig.
WOMAN ON INTERCOM: X-ray room is ready, Doctor.
Just one more picture, Mr. Gehrig.
Just one more for the record, eh, Doc?
Ellie, you'll never get all the pictures they've taken
of Lou into that scrapbook.
Why, you'd think he was a glamour boy.
What did the doctor tell Lou?
Some little thing with a long name, some kind of an itis.
He'll have to lay off for a while.
He'll be back next season or the season after.
I am telling the truth, Ellie. Honest.
I swear it. I'd swear on a stack of bibles.
You heard what the doctor said.
When is Lou going to die?
I could read it in your eyes.
I'll never let him know I know.
He's so young yet, so strong and--
Ladies and gentlemen, lemonade, peanuts,
and popcorn, giving away free today in honor
Gehrig Day, not a farewell, but a come on.
A ballyhoo to get more money out of the Yanks when Gehrig comes
back to the game next season.
We're going to knock them dead when we come back, huh?
Say, do you think we can get $50,000 out of those tightwads?
Not a cent under $100,000.
Stands to reason, you'll be twice as
good after you've had a rest.
You know, we've never had a honeymoon.
Why shouldn't we have one now?
Sure, better late than never.
Hey, what about Niagara Falls, huh?
And we could go up to northern Canada and go fishing.
I've been thinking maybe we could
take a trip around the world.
All the things we've never had time for before.
We have all the time in the world now, haven't we?
Yeah, we got all the time in the world now.
Hey, hey, you're a scream in that moustache.
I had that made up of some of the hardware I collected.
I remember when you got every one of these medals.
Yeah, that's the one I get the most kick out of.
The batting championship I won the year we were married.
Oh, I've got a right to cry a little.
It's such a beautiful thing.
I wanted you to have it, Ellie, because--
because you've given me so much.
Are you making love to me, you big ape?
Oh, look, Russ, Lou Gehrig.
Right this way, Mr. Gehrig.
Stand back, boys. Give them room.
You knocked out two home runs for me one afternoon.
Oh, sure, sure, I remember you.
I've been waiting here all afternoon because I
had to tell you something.
I just got in town today, and I have to tell ya.
I tried hard, and I made it.
Well, gee, that's great work, kid.
Have you got a ticket for the game?
62,000 people have jammed the Yankee Stadium this afternoon
to pay a tribute to a man who for 16 years
have given everything that's in him.
Never in the history of baseball has there
been such a spontaneous demonstration of love
and affection for one man.
Perhaps you know him as Larruping Lou and the Iron
Horse, but no matter how you know him,
he'll never be forgotten, nor will his great records.
They'll never forget his greatest record
of all, his amazing feat of playing
2,130 consecutive ballgames over a period of 16 years.
Now, everyone is here today to show Lou Gehrig just
what they feel in their hearts.
To say hail and farewell to the pride in the
The emotion on all sides is tremendous around home plate.
All the celebrities standing there.
Now, the beginning of the ceremonies.
Manager Joe McCarthy comes forward.
Hands Lou Gehrig a plaque, and on that plaque are two words,
Nothing in Gehrig's nature were the quitter type.
As Joe McCarthy puts the plaque down,
turns around, receives a trophy, and in turn,
gets that trophy to Lou Gehrig.
The trophy is a trophy from the New York Yankees,
They're trying to tell Lou-- here
comes the mayor of New York City, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.
LaGuardia addresses a few words, perhaps telling him what
Gehrig has meant to this city.
Now LaGuardia turns around, extends his hand,
and shakes hands with Lou Gehrig.
Gehrig visibly impressed with all this demonstration
Postmaster General of the United States, Tim Farley.
Farley walks over and shakes Gehrig's hand.
Gehrig, again, trying to manage a smile.
Now, Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat.
Babe talks into the microphone.
Praise from the man who preceded Lou
Gehrig in the batting order. Number three and number four.
Babe Ruth walks over, puts his arms around Gehrig's shoulders.
Here they are, the heart of the Murderer's
Row of the New York Yankees.
Gehrig still with his eyes down on the ground.
Now, manager Joe McCarthy addresses
some remarks, which draw him applause from the boys
McCarthy walks over to Gehrig, puts his hand affectionately
on his shoulder, and starts leading Lou Gehrig over towards
a whole galaxy of microphones.
Lou Gehrig will be saying a few words.
This whole crowd in the stadium hopes so.
Gehrig stands in front of the microphones visibly impressed,
I have been walking on ball fields for 16 years,
and I have never received anything
but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
I have had the great honor to have played
with these great veteran ballplayers
on my left, Murderer's Row, our championship team of 1927.
I have had the further honor of living with and playing
with these men on my right, the Bronx Bombers,
I have been given fame and undeserved praise by the boys
up there behind the wire in the press box.
I have worked under the two greatest
managers of all time, Miller Huggins and Joe McCarthy.
I have a mother and father who fought
to give me health and a solid background in my youth.
I have a wife, a companion for life,
who has shown me more courage than I ever knew.
People all say that I have had a bad break.
But today, today, I consider myself the luckiest man
on the face of the earth.