Lou Gehrig as Tarzan, 1936

Baseball great Lou Gehrig had ambitions to be in the movies. In 1936, pushed by his wife, Gehrig agreed to hire Babe Ruth’s agent, who in turn, pushed the New York Yankee First Baseman to audition for the role of the Ape Man, Tarzan, after Johnny Weissmuller had vacated the iconic movie role. But Gehrig only got as far as posing for a widely distributed, and embarrassing, photo of himself in a leopard-spotted costume. When Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs spotted the outfit, he diplomatically telegrammed Lou: “I want to congratulate you on being a swell first baseman.”

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