Sportswriter Dan Duryea is loosely based on Hearst newspapers writer Ford Frick. Later, as Commissioner of Baseball, he attempted to list Ruth's and Roger Maris' season home run records separately to preserve Ruth's record.
That Gehrig's the chump of all time. Falling for a gag like that.
Sam Blake: Aw, he doesn't know about a gag.
Hank Hanneman: Yeah? What does he know about, Mr. Bones?
Sam Blake: Baseball.
Hank Hanneman: He knows... I'll tell ya somethin'. A guy like that is a detriment to any sport. He's a boob with a ...
The movie shows Gehrig's consecutive games streak ended when he took himself out of the lineup in the fifth inning. In reality, Gehrig had approached manager Joe McCarthy in the hotel that morning with his decision. Either way, Gehrig benching himself in the middle of a game would not have stopped the streak, as baseball rules say a player who completes one half-inning in the field or one plate appearance is credited with having played in the game (so his streak would not have ended until the next day).
The final opening credit card is shared by Director Sam Wood and Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.]
A version broadcast on WPIX 11 in the 1980's left out several notable scenes. Among them: