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"A compelling rumination by a baseball icon and a tragic hero." (Sports Illustrated)

The lost memoir from baseball icon Lou Gehrig - a sensational discovery, published for the first time as a book and audiobook.

"I guess every youngster who ever tossed a ball or swung a bat has dreams of some day breaking into big league baseball. I know I did...."

So begins Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir. At the age of 24, Gehrig sat down to write the remarkable story of his life and career. He was one of the most famous athletes in the country, in the midst of a record-breaking season with the legendary 1927 World Series-winning Yankees. In an effort to grow Gehrig’s star, pioneering sports agent Christy Walsh arranged for this tale of baseball greatness to syndicate in several newspapers. Until now, those columns were lost to history.

Lou comes alive in his inspiring memoir. It is a heartfelt rags-to-riches tale about a poor kid from New York who became one of the most celebrated ballplayers of all time. Fourteen years after he wrote his account, Lou would tragically die from ALS, a neuromuscular disorder now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

His poignant autobiography is followed by an insightful biographical essay by Alan D. Gaff, the historian who uncovered this treasure. Here is Lou - Hall of Famer, all-star, and MVP - back at bat.    

©2020 Alan Gaff (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Kyle Tait and Angelo Di Loreto, Perfect!

The first half is in Gehrig's own words/voice, pulled from ghostwriter articles published at the time and some they only just discovered. The second half is more straight biography with a hefty emphasis on the '27 Murderer's Row club and how he fit in, contrasted with them. You'd think that format would prove redundant but it never felt that way. Alan Gaff did a great job brining us a concise and sharp biographical account. He brings personalities to life, particularly Babe Ruth, spending enough time explaining Ruth to emphasize just how different Gehrig was. The first half is narrated by Angelo Diloreto and Kyle Tait helms the second-half. People who know, realize that Kyle Tait is one of the best baseball audiobook narrators in the business.

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with baseball dead and buried this was great

with baseball dead and buried reading about the golden era of baseball is way better than watching today's players taking a knee or taking performance enhancing drugs or corked bats. Lou and Babe were the reasons I watched every single game when I was young. why can't we have one player like this today? someone who doesn't care about money, fame, or that life someone who loves the game.

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What a story

Thank you for this book 🙏🏼 what a life cut short what a career and what a love he had for his mother 😔

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Mistitled

About 40% of the book is the so-called "Lost Memoir" and about 45% of the book is an objective biography read by a voice that sounds like a computer voice and 5% of the book (45 minutes) of names, short annotations and a long box score of Gehrig's career. Gehrig apparently liked most everyone and looked for positive in most everyone. Probably the most annoying is the last 45 minutes of names, their nicknames and a sentence or so about them personally. The so-called "lost memoir" is an interview he did in 1927. He talks about "The Babe" much of the time. Its not what you expect from the title. Gehrig worked with probation kids in and out of jail in his remaining year or so before his death. I wish there was more research about this experience.