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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig Jonathan Eig 0743268938 9780743268936 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 consecut
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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig

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, Gehrigs 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 Drawing on new interviews and more than two hundred pages of previously unpublished letters to and from Gehrig, Luckiest Man gives us an intimate portrait of the man who became an American hero: his life as a shy and awkward youth growing up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 Gehrigs 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 Gehrigs 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 Eigs Luckiest Man shows us one of the greatest baseball players of all time as weve never seen him before.

Author: Jonathan Eig

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 432

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2006-04-03

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ISBN: 0743268938


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