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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou…

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

by Jonathan Eig

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I try to read a few baseball books every year. This is a great biography. ( )
  burningdervish | Nov 29, 2016 |
A very good documentary of the life of Lou Gehrig. It begins when his parents meet and goes to his death. The story shows his love of baseball and his mother. It is unclear as to whether he ever knew how serious his disease was or if he was ever told because his medical records were sealed at the time and unavailable to this author. It could have been possible that he knew but chose not to address that fact and who could blame him.

He was an unsung baseball hero till towards the end of his career and a hero in how he handled his disease.

I thought this was very good and very emotional story of Lou Gehrig. You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy the book and the story of this amazing man. ( )
  Diane_K | Jul 14, 2015 |
One of the most inspiring lives in American History, Lou Gehrig was a true legend. Baseball lovers need to know his story. History lovers need to know his story. Americans need to know his story! ( )
  mgeorge2755 | May 13, 2014 |
Terrific bio of the Iron Horse. Not just for Yankee fans; worthwhile reading for any devotee of America's Pastime. ( )
  namfos | Apr 8, 2014 |
A straightforward biography of Lou Gehrig. ( )
  nmele | Aug 3, 2013 |
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Lou Gehrig started his professional baseball career at a time when players began to be seen as national celebrities. Though this suited charismatic men such as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, Gehrig avoided the spotlight and preferred to speak with his bat. Best known for playing in 2,130 consecutive games as well as his courage in battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (a disease that now bears his name), the Iron Horse that emerges from this book is surprisingly naïve and insecure. He would cry in the clubhouse after disappointing performances, was painfully shy around women (much to the amusement of some of his teammates), and particularly devoted to his German-immigrant mother all his life. Even after earning the league MVP award he still feared the Yankees would let him go. Against the advice of Ruth and others, he refused to negotiate aggressively and so earned less than he deserved for many seasons. Honest, humble, and notoriously frugal, his only vices were chewing gum and the occasional cigarette. And despite becoming one of the finest first basemen of all time, Jonathan Eig shows how Gehrig never seemed to conquer his self-doubt, only to manage it better.

Jonathan Eig's Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig offers a fascinating and well-rounded portrait of Gehrig, from his dugout rituals and historic games to his relationships with his mother, wife, coaches, and teammates. His complex friendship with Ruth, who was the polar opposite to Gehrig in nearly every respect, is given particularly vivid attention. Take this revealing description of how the two men began a barnstorming tour together following their 1927 World Series victory: "Ruth tipped the call girls and sent them on their way. Gehrig kissed his mother goodbye." Eig also shares some previously unknown details regarding his consecutive games streak and how he dealt with ALS during the final years of his life. Rich in anecdotes and based on hundreds of interviews and 200 pages of recently discovered letters, the book effectively shows why the Iron Horse remains an American icon to this day. --Shawn Carkonen

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Recounts the life of the Hall of Fame ballplayer whose career was cut short by the disease now commonly called after him, in a portrait that shares details about his rivalry with Babe Ruth, the onset of his illness, and the final years of his life.

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