Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig

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A touching tribute to one of the greatest ballplayers of all time For seventeen seasons, Lou Gehrig was the heart and soul of the New York Yankees. The power-hitting first baseman donned the pinstripes for 2, 130 consecutive games, a streak that earned him the nickname a€œthe Iron Horsea€ and went unbroken for more than five decades. World Series champion, All-Star, American League Most Valuable Player, Triple Crown winnera€”the list of Gehriga€™s on-field achievements is spectacular. But he is best remembered for the grace and the strength with which he faced an insurmountable challenge off the field: the disease that ended his career and which now bears his name. When he retired on April 30, 1939, Lou Gehrig called himself a€œthe luckiest man on the face of the earth.a€ His words continue to resonate more than seventy-five years after they were spoken. In this heartfelt biography, which was the basis for the Academy Awarda€“winning film The Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper, legendary sportswriter Paul Gallico tells the story of how a son of German immigrants rose to the pinnacle of greatness in Americaa€™s pastime and inspired the nation as no other athlete ever has.And in 1927 he was already daring to challenge Babe Ruth for the home run championship. Through half the season he ran neck and neck with the Great Man , homer for homer, until at the end Ruth pulled away. That was the year ... The Babe got the credit all right, and in the final analysis it was he who had to lay the ash to those horserind balls, and the number two guy is just another fellow in the race.

Title:Lou Gehrig
Author: Paul Gallico
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2015-04-07

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