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Old 11-23-2018, 10:33 AM
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Default Lou Gehrig as Tarzan

Just came across this photo while surfing the Internet. The following caption describes the photo.

Here's baseball great Lou Gehrig as we never seen him before, posing in a lion cloth while dressed as Tarzan. Gehrig was setting his sights to move beyond baseball and be in the movies. Most of all, he wanted to play Tarzan and even auditioned for the role - taking time to pose for some publicity shows. Tarzan author, Edgar Rice Burroughs, was not impressed. He sent Gehrig a telegram with the backhanded compliment, "Having seen several pictures of you as Tarzan...I want to congratulate you on being a swell first baseman."
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Well, at least he didn't inspire the character of Fred Flintstone... ;-) Thanks for the post.
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He did make it into the movies eventually, in a cruddy oater called "Rawhide" (1938). Here is a Coney Island arcade card showing the New York City-born and bred cowboy:



And here are some photos from the movie, including one of Gehrig signing the contract for it:


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Default Movie Lobby Card approx. 11" x 14"

Gehrig in Rawhide, 1938

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