The Pride of the Yankees Book Giveaway (June 12 – July 15)

“The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper
and the Making of a Classic”

We have TEN Copies to Give Away!

“The riveting story behind the making of The Pride of the Yankees is finally being told in Richard Sandomir’s meticulously researched and gracefully written book.” -Gay Talese

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the beloved movie classic, CMH is thrilled to be giving away TEN COPIES of the new book, The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper and the Making of a Classic by award-winning New York Times reporter Richard Sandomir, courtesy of Hachette Books. And for those of you who can’t wait the win the book, it will be in stores tomorrow June 13th!

Gary Cooper in Pride of the Yankees“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

Using original scripts, letters, memos and other rare documents, Richard Sandomir tells the behind-the-scenes story of how this classic was born — for the first time ever!

That said, let the contest begin!

In order to qualify to win one of these books via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, July 15 at 8PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • June 17: Two Winners
  • June 24: Two Winners
  • July 1: Two Winners
  • July 8: Two Winners
  • July 15: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub and/or right here on this Blog in the comment section below (depending on how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 8PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner at 8PM EST on Sunday June 18.

The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic


ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, July 15 at 8PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) *Then TWEET (not DM) the following message (if you don’t have twitter, see below):
Just entered to win “The Pride of the Yankees” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub @HachetteBooks and author @richsandomir

What do you love most about the movie, The Pride of the Yankees? And, if you haven’t seen the film, why do you want to win this book? 

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

Click here for the full contest rules and more details. 

Please note that only United States (including Hawaii and Alaska!) and Canada entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the areas noted above.


About the book: Filled with larger-than-life characters, The Pride of the Yankees shares insights about the lives and careers of Gary Cooper, one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men, and Teresa Wright, who played Eleanor and was rocketing to stardom with three Academy Award nominations in her first three movies. It reveals how the story and its characters evolved from its first outline to its final script; describes how Cooper, more a cowboy then a first baseman, learned to play baseball; shows Eleanor’s concerns about Babe Ruth’s involvement in the film and brings a new understanding to the writing of both versions of the “luckiest man” speech: the one that Gehrig delivered and the one that Copper gave to Goldwyn’s cameras.


If you don’t want to wait to win, you can purchase the book by clicking here

Good Luck!


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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29 Responses to The Pride of the Yankees Book Giveaway (June 12 – July 15)

  1. Vickie Gleason says:

    I love this film. The first time I saw it was after my Uncle was diagnosed with Lou Gehrigs Disease so it brought out a vast array of emotion for me while watching the film. It was very well done!

  2. Andrew FitzSimons says:

    I think my favorite things about Pride of the Yankees HAS to be the performance of Gary Cooper! I believe he captures the heart of the young, talented, enthusiastic Gehrig as well as the stoic leadership as an older Gehrig. Without Cooper’s lynchpin performance, the movie might’ve fallen into schlocky melodrama. With him, it’s a classic movie for the ages!

  3. M.T. Fisher says:

    While I’m a classic movie buff, I started out as a baseball fan, and have been a Lou Gehrig fanatic since childhood. (My bedroom has a Lou Gehrig corner on one wall.) It’s a pity he had to pass away to get the recognition he deserved. And this is such a touching film. Plus, I admire Gary Cooper and his portrayal of Gehrig. And any male who’s not in love with Teresa Wright needs to get his blood checked to ensure it’s red! Therefore, this would be a fascinating book to read, I’m sure, especially as I thoroughly love books of this type.

  4. Rodolfo Ruiz says:

    “The Pride of the Yankee’s” is a movie not so much about Baseball, as it was about life. It showed us the life of a shy, humble man who loved to play the game and he loved his family. Gary Cooper’s performance is an outstanding portrayal of a sports icon that was taken way too soon. “The Pride of the Yankee’s” is a true gem: a cinematic classic in every sense of the word.

  5. Carl says:

    I must shamefully confess that I’ve never seen the whole film, just a few bits and the “luckiest man in the world” speech, of course. I would like to know more about it and more about Gary Cooper too. Thanks for the chance to win, it looks like an excellent book.

  6. Rosemarie Meneo says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win this book for my Dad, a lifelong Yankees fan who bleeds pinstripes! His birthday is coming up in August.

  7. Joan O'Malley says:

    Coop’s heartfelt portrayal was moving. I love Theresa Wright in anything and she held her own with Cooper and brought Eleanor to life. I cry st the ending every time I watch it.

  8. Alan Yu says:

    I love that Babe Ruth played himself.

  9. Michael Dinga says:

    When Lou trips over the bats while coming out of the dugout.

  10. terry says:

    I love the ny Yankees and lou gherig is a legend and one of the greatest players ever and how he faced his illness with such grace and dignity

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Terry, I can’t seem to find your tweet… could you please confirm that you tweeted or let me know if you don’t have a twitter account. Thanks so much 🙂

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Gary Cooper has long been one of my favorite actors and this film is a perfect example of why he is one of the greatest actors to have ever graced the silver screen. He handles this heavy role with such dignity and respect and takes the audience on an incredible and emotional journey that is well worth watching. And who could possibly turn down baseball and Gary Cooper? They just don’t make them like this anymore.

  12. David Hollingsworth says:

    I really loved how accurate the film was about Lou Gehrig and his life up until the end. I also admired the chemistry between Cooper and Wright, which gave the film a very romantic quality. Wright proved herself to be quite in-sync with Cooper, and her performance was just as amazing as Cooper’s. The sheer emotion of the ‘luckiest speech’, delivered by Cooper was obviously the cherry on top. I don’t think any other actor could have brought more depth and honesty to those famous words better than Cooper.

  13. Brian Townsend says:

    The thing I love most about Pride of the Yankees is Lou Gehrig’s moving farewell speech.

  14. Mark Huber says:

    No matter how often I watch this movie, I can’t help but get emotional at the end. Gehrig was all Class, something we are not used to with today’S pro athletes. In fact I’m not a Yankee fan at all but thought so much of Lou I named my son in his honor.

  15. Mark PAGAN says:

    I feel I’ve seen more than just the usual highlights, yet I can’t say with confidence that I know the whole film. Learning more about this baseball classic would be a good thing.

  16. Barry Bradford says:

    One of the things I love about the film is how idealistic it is. There is not a moment of cynicism. It is corny, naive and so formulaic- and utterly delightful. As history it is nonsense but as the cinema equivalent of comfort food, it is irresistible!

  17. Pam Tames says:

    This is New York history, love it! Can’t wait to read it.

  18. Trevor Taylor says:

    I think my favorite parts of the movie are the emotional ending and seeing Babe Ruth play himself. His relationships with his wife and his mother are interesting as well.
    It would be great to read this book and learn about how Cooper prepared for this role.

  19. Shawn D Moore says:

    Being both a lifetime baseball fan (go Tribe!) and classic movie fan, I love this movie. If forced to chose a singular thing about the film, it is that it has Babe Ruth in it – the greatest of all-time!

  20. Christina Sharpe says:

    I love the film because it’s incredibly inspirational and lovely to watch. It never fails to make me cry. Plus, I just love watching Teresa Wright in anything. Everything about the film is perfect, and I’m a big Yankees fan.

  21. Jim Reid says:

    My two passions have always been classic films and baseball! They occasionally come together. There have been a handful of good baseball films from Hollywood’s Golden Era, but Pride of the Yankees is by far the best. Not only was it a beautiful film by the great Samuel Goldwyn who was known for the richness of his productions. Then there’s the story. One of the greatest athletes Lou Gehrig, brought down by a horrible disease that ended up bearing his name. Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright were excellent as Gehrig and his wife. It’s one of my favorite films. I even have a 16mm print of it!

  22. You simply cannot watch and listen to the famous farewell speech with dry eyes. I can’t help but tear up just thinking about it… Just thinking that Gehrig considered himself so blessed when he was so close to the end of his life. Few movies can capture such a moment. This one did.

  23. Richard Rainville jr says:

    This is an amazing movie in so many ways.

  24. Adam VanHandel says:

    I believe I own the movie, though I haven’t read the book…but this sounds like the perfect thing to accompany my first viewing!

  25. Gail Pascaris says:

    I am a huge fan of baseball and movies. This film brings the best of these worlds together. There are other great baseball movies but this was the first one I saw. It holds a special place in my heart. I’d love to learn about the film, its inspiration and it’s star.

  26. Jacalyn says:

    Love to receive the book. Been a baseball fan and a Classic movie fan since I was a child. Became a fan of Gehrig because of this movie. So moving; such courage.

  27. Mary Alletto says:

    I have seen this movie many times over the years and always get emotional. I love the way the speaker enhances his voice when He makes his famous speech.

  28. Michael Reed says:

    Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS here in my hometown of Rochester, MN at the Mayo Clinic. While here, he revisited with a former Yankees teammate, Julie Wera, who was working as a meat cutter in the local Piggly Wiggly grocery store. It was reported that he never turned down an autograph request, and was very gracious.

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