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Publisher's Summary

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
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By M on 08-13-14

Wow! What an amazing story!

If you could sum up Luckiest Man in three words, what would they be?

Truly eye opening!

What did you like best about this story?

Whether a Yankee fan or not, this is an amazing account of one of the best ball players in our history. I of course knew the story of Lou Gehrig, but really didn't know the man. This gives a tremendous look into his life, his passions and his dreams.

What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

I'm a huge fan of Edward Herrmann's narrations. He really brings this story to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times, I felt myself getting choked up when listening to Lou's famous speech. Show's how fragile life is and how sometimes we just don't have control. Baseball is lucky to have had a man like Lou Gehrig represent this great game!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa A. on 05-28-15

Great story about a great man!

Even though I'm not an avid baseball fan I loved this story of a great man facing adversity.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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