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Lou Gehrig Movie Looks at His Little-Known Work as Parole Officer

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 04:41 PM

A new movie about the life of Lou Gehrig will include a little-known fact about the New York Yankees great — his work as a New York City parole officer after a debilitating disease forced him to quit baseball.

Yankees consultant Ray Negron tells Newsmax TV that Robert Malloy, grandson of late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and Michael Uslan, executive producer of "The Dark Knight," are teaming up to develop Gehrig's story.

And part of it will focus on how the beloved first baseman and power hitter — whose battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ended his career — worked for the final two years of his life in the New York City court system at the behest of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.

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"Lou Gehrig in 1940 was wheeled into court every day so that he could do his job, even though he couldn’t move his hands per se," Negron said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

"His wife wrote all the notes and stuff like that and Gehrig had to decide whether the gentleman was going to be free or not be free. [Boxing champion] Rocky Marciano was one of his clients."

Negron, co-author with CC Sabathia of "CC Claus: A Baseball Christmas Story," published by Ecco — said his stint deciding whether criminals would stay in jail or go free was is rarely talked about at the time.

"At the time, it wasn't sexy, now it is … Why wouldn't you want to hear about Lou Gehrig [working in the courts]? It's unbelievable," Negron said.

Gehrig, who died in 1941 at the age of 37, was a member of six World Series champion teams, hit 493 home runs, had 1,995 runs batted in and achieved a lifetime .340 batting average.

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