Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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The definitive account of the life and tragic death of baseball legend Lou Gehrig.

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Drawing on new interviews and more than two hundred pages of previously unpublished letters to and from Gehrig, Luckiest Man gives us an intimate portrait of the man who became an American hero: his life as a shy and awkward youth growing up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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Well researched and written. - Goodreads
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I now have insight into the legend of Lou Gerhig. - Goodreads
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Review: Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

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I found this story rich in detail about one of the greatest baseball players, his life in baseball and what a courageous man he was, on and off the field. Until this reading, the movie with Gary ... Read full review

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The Luckiest Man by Jonathan Eig is an exhilarating book that goes through the ups and downs of Lou Gehrig's life on and off of the baseball field. It takes place Read full review

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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 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 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 25 OUR BODY IS PRETTY DISCOURAGED
CHAPTER 26 HE WAS BASEBALL
EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
APPENDIXLOU GEHRIGS CAREER STATISTICS
NOTES
INDEX
Copyright

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Jonathan Eig is a former senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including two highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Visit him at JonathanEig.com.

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