Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
The book starts out with a description of that famous July 1939 day when Gehrig delivered his famous "luckiest man" speech. The audio CD version has actual...more
By going into detail about Gehrig's initial visit to the Mayo Clinic, he makes it clear that, at the start, Gehrig knew more about this disease than the traditonal mythology portrayed. When he first gave his wife the news, in fact, it was him hiding some things from her, not the other way around.
True, she eventually did further research, but Eig relates nothing to support the m...more
However, it's a step better than that and ultimately enjoyable. Also have to give Eig credit for putting together a biography of a man whose personality doesn't exactly lend itself well to a 350-page reads. Gehrig was basically a quiet guy who went about his work. But Eig brings him to life. You get everythin...more
I'm not more enthusiastic about this book mostly because Gehrig without his tragic death, comes across as dull, and even with it the letters the author tracked down make him sound more pathetic than brave. That isn't the author's fault, and he's done what he can to bring the story alive.
But I have a better understanding now of why growing up...more
Lou Gehrig was a superstar caliber player without the big booming personality that we usually associate with superstar players of that level. He was a cornerstone player in an era of some of the greatest New York Yankees teams to ever take the f...more
Rarely do biographies capture the pure essence of an individual without burdening the reader with useless trivia and fact. 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. Eig does his homework, presenting the story of a slugger who, in the 1920s and 1930s, broke baseball records and, upon his death, America's heart. Using archival newspaper clippings, interviews, b...more
Where this book succeeded, though, was the final third, which dealt with Gehrig's decline, then the revelation of his illness. I couldn't help...more
We've been through wars together,
We took our foes as they came,
And always you were the leader,
and ever you played the game,
Idol of cheering millions,
records are yours by sheaves,
Iron of frame they hailed you,
Decked you with laurel leaves.
But higher than this we hold you,
We who have known you best,
Knowing how you came through every Yankee test,
Let this be a silent token,
of lasting friendships' gleam
and all we've left unspoken,
the Yankee t...more
To most. Gehrig has come down to us for two things: a famous speech he made on July 4, 1939 (and what lends this book it's title) and a mind-blogging streak of consecutive games played, never mind that it's been broken. This book does a lot to show how important he was: a powerful hitter, a...more
Jonathan Eig has written THE Gehrig biography and has done so in a way that reveals not only the brilliance and power of the ballplayer, but also the sensitivity, insecurity...more
Most biographies are of people who are no longer with us, and we know the ending going in, but rare are those whose deat...more
As a little one I read the Encyclopedia Americana kids stories of Lou & Babe many times. Somehow the
story stays the same, that is Lou is a part of America. Already a mythical tale, this book relays a lot
of the everyday life of Lou, how he got the way he was, cheap!, Ruth's opposite yet complement. I
particularly enjoyed the insights on his German heritage.
Most Lou stories end with 4th of July Yankee Stadium, this goes beyond that.