Luckiest Man by Jonathan Eig
The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

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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Drawing on new interviews and more than two hundred pages of previously unpublished letters to and from Gehrig, Luckiest Man gives us an intimate portrait of the man who became an American hero: his life as a shy and awkward youth growing up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.

About Jonathan Eig

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Jonathan Eig is a former writer and editor for the Chicago bureau of The Wall Street Journal and the former executive editor of Chicago magazine. He is the author of two highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Luckiest Man won the Casey Award for best baseball book of 2005, and Opening Day was selected as one of the best books of 2007 by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Sports Illustrated. Mr. Eig lives in Chicago, half a mile from the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, with his family.
Published May 8, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 455 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction

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A baseball icon, as never before portrayed.

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Jonathan Eig, a writer for The Wall Street Journal, has done a superb job of digging out the real Lou Gehrig from behind the legend.

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Eig, a senior reporter at The Wall Street Journal, manages to avoid these pitfalls by churning out a critically-applauded biography of baseball phenom and "momma’s boy" Lou Gehrig.

Jan 09 2008 | Read Full Review of Luckiest Man: The Life and De...


Probably the saddest episode was Eig description of Gehrig's final eight days playing for the Yankees, during which time he repeatedly fell down, dropped throws, and managed only four hits.

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