Luckiest Man The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

ISBN-10: 0743268938

ISBN-13: 9780743268936

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jonathan Eig

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Lou Gehrig was a baseball legend -- 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, Gehrig's life was more complicated -- and, perhaps, even more heroic -- than anyone really knew. Drawing on new interviews and more than two hundred pages of previously unpublished letters to and from Gehrig, Luckiest Man gives us an intimate portrait of the man who became an American hero: his life as a shy and awkward youth growing up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 Gehrig'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 Gehrig'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 "luckiest man" speech. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, Jonathan Eig's Luckiest Man shows us one of the greatest baseball players of all time as we've never seen him before.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 4/3/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Prologue
The Survivor
"Babe" Gehrig
At Columbia
The Behemoth of Bing
Goodbye, Mr. Pipp
Coming of Age
Sinner and Saint
Barnstorming Days
A Charmed Life
The Crash
Iron Horse
Courtship
Out of the Shadows
A Night at the Opera
The Next Big Thing
Lord of the Jungle
Strange Times
The Longest Summer
Like a Match Burning Out
Last Chance
Pitchers Once Feared His Bat
The Bitter with the Sweet
Luckiest Man
The Bureaucrat
Our Boy Is Pretty Discouraged
He Was Baseball
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Lou Gehrig's Career Statistics
Notes
Index
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