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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fantastic read. I have read a few other biographies of Gehrig but what makes this stand out is the comprehensive and detailed story of his battle with ALS, the disease that now... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not only a great sports story but also interesting look at the early treatment of ALS from his standpoint.
a book club suggestion. I come from Roger Maris town and great to compare Lou and Roger with Babe and Micky MantlePublished 24 days ago by marilyn hanson
I loved this book. Lou Gehrig will always be the best first baseman to ever play baseball. Rest in peace Lou.Published 1 month ago by Robert W. Hughes
I thought the book was decently written and flowed well though I could have done without all the game by game detail.Published 1 month ago by RyMommy