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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

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The definitive account of the life and tragic death of baseball legend Lou Gehrig.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Lou Gehrig was a baseball legendand#8212;the Iron Horse, the stoic New York Yankee who was the greatest first baseman in history, a man whose consecutive-games streak was ended by a horrible disease that now bears his name. But as this definitive new biography makes clear, Gehrigand#8217;s life was more complicatedand#8212;and, perhaps, even more heroicand#8212;than anyone really knew. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Drawing on new interviews and more than two hundred pages of previously unpublished letters to and from Gehrig, andlt;Iandgt;Luckiest Manandlt;/Iandgt; gives us an intimate portrait of the man who became an American hero: his life as a shy and awkward youth growing up in New York City, his unlikely friendship with Babe Ruth (a friendship that allegedly ended over rumors that Ruth had had an affair with Gehrigand#8217;s wife), and his stellar career with the Yankees, where his consecutive-games streak stood for more than half a century. What was not previously known, however, is that symptoms of Gehrigand#8217;s affliction began appearing in 1938, earlier than is commonly acknowledged. Later, aware that he was dying, Gehrig exhibited a perseverance that was truly inspiring; he lived the last two years of his short life with the same grace and dignity with which he gave his now-famous and#8220;luckiest manand#8221; speech. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Meticulously researched and elegantly written, Jonathan Eigand#8217;s andlt;Iandgt;Luckiest Manandlt;/Iandgt; shows us one of the greatest baseball players of all time as weand#8217;ve never seen him before.

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Drawing on hundreds of new interviews and previously unpublished letters, this authoritative, comprehensive biography of New York Yankee Lou Gehrig--the "Iron Horse"--reveals one of the greatest baseball players of all time as readers have never seen him before. 40 photos.

Synopsis:

Every baseball fan is familiar with Lou Gehrig. He was the Iron Horse, the New York Yankee who never missed a game in his life until he was too ill to play at all, a man whose astounding career was cut short by a horrible disease that is now named for him. But as this definitive new biography makes clear. Gehrig's life was more complicated--and, perhaps, even more heroic--than anyone really knew. While researching Luckiest Man, Jonathan Eig interviewed hundreds of people (including thirty-three former ballplayer who played with or against Gehrig), examined the archives of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and--most importantly-- unearthed nearly 200 pages of correspondence to and from Gehrig, none of which has ever been published, Luckiest Man is full of surprises. We learn the truth about the rumored sexual infidelity that lay behind the rift between Gehrig and Babe Ruth: that the symptoms of Gehrig's affliction began appearing as early as the spring of 1938, earlier than is commonly acknowledged: that the Iron Horse's own doctors lied to him about his chances (though Eleanor, Gehrig's wife, was told the grim truth); and how Gehrig lived the last two years of his short life. Including the glorious moments of Gehrig's singular career and a dugout's-eye view of one of the greatest sports dynasties in history, this is a book that no baseball fan will soon forget.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Jonathan Eig andlt;/bandgt;is a former writer and editor for the Chicago bureau of andlt;iandgt;The Wall Street Journal andlt;/iandgt;and the former executive editor of andlt;iandgt;Chicago andlt;/iandgt;magazine. He is the author of two highly acclaimed bestsellers, andlt;iandgt;Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinsonand#8217;s First Season. Luckiest Man andlt;/iandgt;won the Casey Award for best baseball book of 2005, and andlt;iandgt;Opening Day andlt;/iandgt;was selected as one of the best books of 2007 by the andlt;iandgt;Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Sports Illustrated. andlt;/iandgt;Mr. Eig lives in Chicago, half a mile from the site of the St. Valentineand#8217;s Day Massacre, with his family.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

Chapter 1: The Survivor

Chapter 2: "Babe" Gehrig

Chapter 3: At Columbia

Chapter 4: The Behemoth of Bing

Chapter 5: Goodbye, Mr. Pipp

Chapter 6: Coming of Age

Chapter 7: Sinner and Saint

Chapter 8: Barnstorming Days

Chapter 9: A Charmed Life

Chapter 10: The Crash

Chapter 11: Iron Horse

Chapter 12: Courtship

Chapter 13: Out of the Shadows

Chapter 14: A Night at the Opera

Chapter 15: The Next Big Thing

Chapter 16: Lord of the Jungle

Chapter 17: Strange Times

Chapter 18: The Longest Summer

Chapter 19: Like a Match Burning Out

Chapter 20: Last Chance

Chapter 21: Pitchers Once Feared His Bat

Chapter 22: The Bitter with the Sweet

Chapter 23: Luckiest Man

Chapter 24: The Bureaucrat

Chapter 25: Our Boy Is Pretty Discouraged

Chapter 26: He Was Baseball

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Appendix: Lou Gehrig's Career Statistics

Notes

Index

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Al Troner, January 29, 2011 (view all comments by Al Troner)
Another pop history disguised as a sports biography. Mr. Eig has no feel for NY; no understanding of its history and its impact on the subject and in particular no knowledge of Gehrig's Yorkville. Both my grandfathers knew Gehrig personally and one grew up two blocks away. Cold water flat, Mr. Eig were the norm in 1910, not the sign of a poverty-stricken ghetto - they existed in Chicago as much as NY and to portray Gehrig's childhood as trapped in poverty shows how little understanding the author has of the time, the place and the subject of his biographhy.

Som good details of his often overlooked non-sports life but anohter vastly over-rated book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743268936
Author:
Eig, Jonathan
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
United states
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Sports
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Baseball players
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Sports - Baseball
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Baseball players -- United States.
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Gehrig, Lou
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Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-16 pp b/w insert (40 b/w photos)
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 16.275 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Drawing on hundreds of new interviews and previously unpublished letters, this authoritative, comprehensive biography of New York Yankee Lou Gehrig--the "Iron Horse"--reveals one of the greatest baseball players of all time as readers have never seen him before. 40 photos.
"Synopsis" by , Every baseball fan is familiar with Lou Gehrig. He was the Iron Horse, the New York Yankee who never missed a game in his life until he was too ill to play at all, a man whose astounding career was cut short by a horrible disease that is now named for him. But as this definitive new biography makes clear. Gehrig's life was more complicated--and, perhaps, even more heroic--than anyone really knew. While researching Luckiest Man, Jonathan Eig interviewed hundreds of people (including thirty-three former ballplayer who played with or against Gehrig), examined the archives of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and--most importantly-- unearthed nearly 200 pages of correspondence to and from Gehrig, none of which has ever been published, Luckiest Man is full of surprises. We learn the truth about the rumored sexual infidelity that lay behind the rift between Gehrig and Babe Ruth: that the symptoms of Gehrig's affliction began appearing as early as the spring of 1938, earlier than is commonly acknowledged: that the Iron Horse's own doctors lied to him about his chances (though Eleanor, Gehrig's wife, was told the grim truth); and how Gehrig lived the last two years of his short life. Including the glorious moments of Gehrig's singular career and a dugout's-eye view of one of the greatest sports dynasties in history, this is a book that no baseball fan will soon forget.
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