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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.
I highly recommend this book to all Yankee and baseball fans.
A really good book about Lou Gehrig's life as both a baseball player and a person is Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrid. by Jonathan Eig.
Eig has written a wonderful book that gives great insight into not only Gehrig the player, but also Gehrig the man.
Great reading - an Amercan hero who really was not so lucky. How much greater could he of been?Published 1 day ago by IRA
An amazing story about an amazing man. Great insight about the man and how he came to be " The luckiest man on the face of the Earth".Published 21 days ago by Mike Mounce
A thoroughly researched book brings the "Iron Horse" to life. Gehrig played before I was born, but I certainly got to know him via this fine biog. Don't pass this one up!Published 25 days ago by voracious reader
A poignant story of a baseball legend. The author doesn't simply repeat the story we are all familiar with, but adds some detail (and truth) to the stories we have all heard about. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Martin DelSignore
I loved this story of Lou Gehrig. I never knew the extent of his shyness; I only knew the "legend" of him as a great ballplayer. This book brought his life to light. Read morePublished 1 month ago by vee3
Great Book but very sad. The man was indeed one of the best Baseball Players in history.Published 1 month ago by Joseph E. Giannetti, Sr.
This is a terrifically well researched and well written biography. Especially the way the author has corrected various previously published accounts of Lou Gehrig's life and times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rick Bryan