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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig | [Jonathan Eig, Jonathan Eig (introduction and notes)]

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig was the Iron Horse, baseball's strongest and most determined superstar, struck down in his prime by a disease that now bears his name. But who was Lou Gehrig, really? Lou Gehrig is regarded as the greatest first baseman in baseball history. Shy and socially awkward, Gehrig was a misfit on a Yankee team that included drinkers and hell-raisers, most notably Babe Ruth.
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Lou Gehrig was the Iron Horse, baseball's strongest and most determined superstar, struck down in his prime by a disease that now bears his name. But who was Lou Gehrig, really?

Lou Gehrig is regarded as the greatest first baseman in baseball history. A muscular but clumsy athlete who grew up in New York City, he idolized his hardworking mother and remained devoted to her all his life. Shy and socially awkward, Gehrig was a misfit on a Yankee team that included drinkers and hell-raisers, most notably Babe Ruth.

Gehrig and Ruth formed the greatest slugging tandem in baseball history. They were the heart of the first great Yankee dynasty. After Ruth's retirement, Gehrig and a young Joe DiMaggio would begin a new era of Yankee dominance. But Luckiest Man reveals that Gehrig was afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) much sooner than anyone believes, as early as the spring of 1938. Despite the illness, he didn't miss a game that year, keeping intact his astonishing consecutive-games streak, which stood for more than half a century.

In Luckiest Man, Jonathan Eig brings to life a figure whose shyness and insecurity obscured his greatness during his lifetime. Gehrig emerges as more human and more heroic than ever.

©2005 Jonathan Eig (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"As my consecutive games streak grew, my curiosity about Lou Gehrig also grew and I wanted to learn more about him and what kind of person he was. Jonathan Eig's book, Luckiest Man, really helped me put all of the pieces together and gain a solid understanding of Lou, both on and off the field. I thought it was a wonderful book that provided insights about Lou, his amazing life and outstanding career." (Cal Ripken, Jr.)

"This is a book for Yankee fans, baseball fans, and anyone who wants to read about a man whose determination and heroism inspire us today." (Rudolph W. Giuliani)

"Jonathan Eig's portrait of Lou Gehrig is as elegant, understated, and powerful as the Iron Man himself." (Jane Leavy, author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy)

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    Barbara Buzzards Bay, MA, United States 03-21-12
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    "Outstanding just wish it was unabridged"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Luckiest Man to be better than the print version?

    The print version was unabridged, and from that standpoint, it was better, but this version was excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A real come from nothing story about a superb athlete, always modest, quiet and a class act.
    Lou Gehrig in the prime of his athletic career,was struck by, in my estimation, the worst blow that one can be hit by, an incurable, quickly progressive,totally life alterating disease. In spite of this he continues his life in a different direction. All his life, Lou Gehrig carried himself with grace and class.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but this performance was excellent


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The opening of the book was superb, with part of the speech he gave on


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    FIVE STARS for this presentation. Lou Gehrig was a player that all players in every sport should emultate

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    "Excellent biography - baseball fan or not"

    The fact this audiobook was brief did not detract from its enjoyment, except when something is good, it would be nice to have more of it. The author does a great job of extracting the important events and evoking the spirit and feeling of the times. Heroism, famous baseball icons, tragedy and a simpler America. The narrator, Edward Herrmann is as usual outstanding at conveying the ideas of an author as if they were the product of his own mind. This is a marvelous book, and it does not hurt having a narrator that can restore one's faith in rational thought just by speaking.

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