Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig Audiobook

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, by Jonathan Eig
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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.

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Author Jonathan EigJonathan Eig was born in Brooklyn. Jonathan Eig is one of our most featured and respected Arts & Entertainment and Bios & Memoirs authors available on our website. With a total of 3 audiobooks in our collection, such as Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, you can listen to over 34 hours of stories from Eig. Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season was added to our online catalog in 2007, making it the oldest title we carry from Eig. The book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, is the latest of his works to be added to our collection. Though all of Eig's Arts & Entertainment titles can be enjoyed by our customers, Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster is the most popular and bestselling on our site. To view the entire collection of 3 audiobooks, please visit his author page today: Jonathan Eig.