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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 have mixed feelings about this book. Eig, in the first half of the book seems not to much care for Gehrig and writes almost with disdain. I didn't enjoy that at all. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Benjamin Meyer
I'm not a big sports fan but in an effort to expand my horizons I read this book. It definitely held my attention and even though the end was a foregone conclusion I still got... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Heather
A little long, but well written. Worth the read if you're a baseball fanPublished 19 days ago by Ray Cattin
I don't give high ratings often, nor lightly. To be quite frankly, I was a little skeptical of all the 5 star ratings for this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nathan Seaton
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 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not only a great sports story but also interesting look at the early treatment of ALS from his standpoint.