Five films on the New York Yankees’ great first baseman. Each of the films is shown in its entirety so some scenes are repeated with different narration, especially those of Lou Gehrig Day at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.
• Almanac Newsreel—
Gehrig batting and fielding, with manager McCarthy, Lou Gehrig Day, locker and plaque in Baseball Hall of Fame.
• King of Diamonds —
Gehrig in high school, attending Columbia, spring training with the Yankees, marriage to Eleanor, Lou Gehrig Day.
• Lou Gehrig’s Farewell—
1937 All-Star Game homer off Dizzy Dean, Lou Gehrig Day, emotional tribute by first baseman Babe Dahlgren.
• Lou Gehrig’s Greatest Day—
Screenplay by CBS of Lou Gehrig Day hosted by Walter Cronkite. 26-minute film with actors playing the characters of 1939. Five minutes of vintage footage.
• Lou Gehrig: In a League by Himself—
Pictures and scenes of Gehrig’s birthplace, shots of high school and college, at home with Eleanor, playing in Yankee Stadium and the clubhouse celebration after the 1937 World Series. Hosted by Hugh Downs.