#10 Pride of the Yankees - Top 10 Greatest Sports Movies of All Time
I’m a big fan of movies that are based on true stories. With this movie, we get to experience what Lou Gehrig did at the tail end of his life after being stricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which following Gehrig’s death would become known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” Several movies in this list will cause the weak of heart to either choke up or tear up because of tragic circumstances or due to the story being told a “feel good” theme.
With “Pride of the Yankees” we not only get to see Babe Ruth playing himself but we hear Gehrig’s famous Yankee Stadium speech when he announced his illness and subsequent retirement from the game. His exit from baseball ended the longest consecutive game playing streak that would eventually be broken by Cal Ripken Jr. but for the “Iron Horse” he would play in 2,130 straight games until his illness halted the record that would stand for 56 years until Ripken passed him by.
Whether you are New York Yankees fan or not, if you are a fan of baseball, love a good story about baseball and admire athletes with superior character then this movie is worth watching. After all, it’s based on the true story of one of the greatest baseball players ever.