About psycho

THEM ON………. “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been
reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider
myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have
been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received
anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look
at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the
highlight of his career just to associate with them for even
one day? Sure I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to
have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s
greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that
wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent
the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart
student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today,
Joe McCarthy? Sure I’m lucky. When the New York Giants, a
team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa,
sends you a gift — that’s something. When everybody down to
the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you
with trophies — that’s something. When you have a wonderful
mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her
own daughter — that’s something. When you have a father and
a mother who work all their lives so you can have an
education and build your body — it’s a blessing. When you
have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more
courage than you dreamed existed — that’s the finest I know.
So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I
have an awful lot to live for.” Three years after Lou Gehrig
made that farewell speech at Yankee Stadium, Gary Cooper gave
his rendition of it in the movie, “Pride of the Yankees.”
Hollywood mogul Sam Goldwyn had resisted the idea of a movie
about a ballplayer, and evidently some tweaking had to be
done on the speech to make it more appealing at the theater.
Here is the text of the movie version, with such terms as
“Murderers Row” and “Bronx Bombers” added for extra effect:
“I have been walking onto ballfields for 16 years, and I’ve
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 — Murderers Row,
our championship team of 1927. I have had the further honor
living and playing with these men on my right — the Bronx
Bombers, the Yankees of today. “I have been given fame and
undeserved praise by the boys up there behind the wire, my
friends, the sports writers. 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’ve had a bad break. But today .
. . today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of
the earth.”


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