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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig Audiobook

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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Eig's triumph lies not only in illuminating the man, bringing out his full, human tragedy, but also in framing the America Gehrig lived in—both a harder and a more innocent place, where ballplayers were considered barely a notch above carnies, but would sing '’The Sidewalks of New York’ after winning a World Series and give a teammate a trophy with a poem inscribed on it. Eig is obviously knowledgeable about baseball, and doesn’t slight the game, but nonfans will find this story captivating nonetheless. Luckiest Man stands in the first rank of sports biographies.”

    New York Times

  • “It is entirely appropriate that, after all these years, Gehrig is the subject of a full biography that treats him not just as a superb athlete but also as an admirable, if far from flawless, human being…His research is thorough, and he pays due attention to Gehrig’s few shortcomings as well as his many strengths…[A]good, solid work.”

    Washington Post

  • “A wealth of new information on Gehrig’s life and times, retrieving the real Gehrig from the mists of legend.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Admirably thorough, richly detailed and nicely written…Luckiest Man is a compelling and haunting read.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A first-class biography, thoroughly researched and nimbly written.”

    Sports Illustrated

  • “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.

  • “One of those sports biographies that transcends sport.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2006 Audie Awardfor Nonfiction, Abridged

Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Dj | 5/17/2011

    " So interesting how he words it. I hate biographys but this is an exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by F. | 5/4/2011

    " Lou was shy. He appears to have been almost socially inept at times. That makes his speech that much more remarkable. He let his play do the talking. This work tells you about the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Matt | 11/8/2010

    " The first book I ever really read in my life was about Lou Gehrig and that started my love for him an a baseball player and even more as a human being. This is a great book that unfolds his life in great detail and takes the reader from boyhood to death to the aftermath of his great career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Sarahb. | 10/19/2010

    " A great book about a great man! "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig is a former writer and editor for the Chicago bureau of the Wall Street Journal and the former executive editor of Chicago magazine. He is the author of two highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Luckiest Man won the Casey Award for best baseball book of 2005, and Opening Day was selected as one of the best books of 2007 by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Sports Illustrated. Mr. Eig lives in Chicago, half a mile from the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, with his family.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Earphones and Audie Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.