Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

Version: Abridged
Author: Jonathan Eig
Narrator: Unknown
Genres: History, Sports & Recreation, Biography & Memoir, Sports, Baseball, Biography
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: April 2005
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

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Drawing on new interviews and more than two hundred pages of previously unpublished letters to and from Gehrig, Luckiest Man gives us an intimate portrait of the man who became an American hero: his life as a shy and awkward youth growing up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

Reviews (15)

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Written by mark j on August 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book! I knew Lou as a ball player now I know Henry Louis as a person and what a kind humble mild manner of man he was and the courage he showed through toughest periods of his life.

luckist man

Written by paul on November 4th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent , What a remarkable ball player. struck down wih ALS . Never gave up and always looking for hope.

Luckiest Man

Written by Douglas Carney on December 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book. Great baseball story with a very human touch. I was ALMOST inclined to even like the Yankees for a bit. Having been a life-long Red Sox fan, this wasn't easy to accomplish. Highly recommend this book.

A Great Example

Written by Rose Szablewski on November 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This read should be a mandatory pre-req for anyone who enters professional sports of any kind. It embodies the essence of everything a professional sportsman SHOULD be. My goodness . . .what has this world come to. When you compare then to now . . .it is frightening.

Lou Gehrig story

Written by Mike Broderick on October 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

For any baseball fan, for any sports fan, for any fan of greatness, for any fan of life. This guy was on top of the world and came down with a deadly disease. Yet, he truly believed that he was lucky. The inter-mingling of Ruth and Gehrig makes this even better

Luckies Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

Written by Mary Moore on August 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was an excellent book. Recently read another on about Lou Gehrig which was not nearly as complete.

Luckiest Man

Written by Anonymous from Rochester, MN on May 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A great baseball story. Enjoyable and touching. Gehrig was a model for what many players today need - consistent and humble, not self-centered and greedy.

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

Written by John Hodsdon on February 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have always been a baseball fan, but knew little of the life of Lou Gehrig. The book not only gave great information on his carreer, but also showed who he was as a man. After listening to the book, his famous words mean so much more.

Luckiest Man: the life and death of lou gehrig

Written by Anonymous on November 4th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a wonderful book about a noble man. The baseball portions are concise and the story of his life and family are very moving. well worth listening to.

Luckiest Man

Written by Tony Franz from Albany, NY on January 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very informative and entertaining........a must read for the baseball fan. This book certainly pays homage to a very special baseball personality This book was a very entertaining and informative read.....a must if you are interested in the game of baseball and great baseball personalities. It more than adequately compares the game and players of yesteryear with those of today.

Author Details

Author Details

Eig, Jonathan

Jonathan Eig is a senior special writer for "The Wall Street Journal" based in Chicago. He was formerly executive editor of "Chicago" magazine. He is the author of "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig".