Waite Hoyt

  1. Gary Cooper, The Pride of the Yankees, 1942.      Producer Samuel Goldwyn won the battle to make a biopic of baseball great Lou Gehrig – who died at 40 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), after a moving farewell to his fans: “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” His widow, Eleanor, wanted Cooper or Spencer Tracy to play Lou. They were not alone. Also on the mound before Cooper signed on were Eddie Albert, Brian Donlevy, Cary Grant. Plus two other real sports heroes: ex-New York Yankee pitcher Hoyt and middle-weight champion boxer Billy Soos. Gehrig appeared as himself in Rawhide, 1937, his film despite being listed by producer Sol Lesser to head his Tarzan series. Until seeing Lou’s legs. “More functional than decorative.”

 Birth year: 1899Death year: 1984Other name: Casting Calls:  1