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Gehrig flick takes left turn

An undated photo Yankees legend Lou Gehrig.

An undated photo Yankees legend Lou Gehrig. (Credit: Bettman Archive)

If, like me, you have an interest in sports movies and too much time on your hands, I highly recommend a piece at baseballresearcher.blogspot.com that reconsiders the belief that in “The Pride of the Yankees’’ Gary Cooper’s image was flipped to make him look like a plausibly lefty Lou Gehrig.

I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say Baseball Hall of Fame senior curator Tom Shieber uncovers evidence that both supports and debunks the old theory, the latter including the improbable notion that Cooper was shown running the bases backward.

Fair warning: The article runs more than 5,200 words – about 5,000 more than Gehrig’s farewell speech on July 4, 1939.

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