268938: Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
By Jonathan Eig / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales

Lou Gehrig was a baseball legend -- the Iron Horse, the stoic New York Yankee who was the greatest first baseman in history, a man whose consecutive-games streak was ended by a horrible disease that now bears his name. But as this definitive new biography makes clear, Gehrig's life was more complicated -- and, perhaps, even more heroic -- than anyone really knew. Drawing on new interviews and more than two hundred pages of previously unpublished letters to and from Gehrig, Luckiest Man gives us an intimate portrait of the man who became an American hero: his life as a shy and awkward youth growing up in New York City, his unlikely friendship with Babe Ruth (a friendship that allegedly ended over rumors that Ruth had had an affair with Gehrig's wife), and his stellar career with the Yankees, where his consecutive-games streak stood for more than half a century. What was not previously known, however, is that symptoms of Gehrig's affliction began appearing in 1938, earlier than is commonly acknowledged. Later, aware that he was dying, Gehrig exhibited a perseverance that was truly inspiring; he lived the last two years of his short life with the same grace and dignity with which he gave his now-famous "luckiest man" speech. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, Jonathan Eig's Luckiest Man shows us one of the greatest baseball players of all time as we've never seen him before.

122558: Leveling the Field Leveling the Field
By G. Scott Thomas / Workman Publishing

Who are the all-time greatest and why? This groundbreaking new method for ranking players and teams rewrites the record books and sets forth bold new answers to the age-old debates of baseball. It is nothing less than a revolution in baseball statistics. G. Scott Thomas has developed a series of mathematically precise, computer-generated formulas that adjust the statistics of every team. The results "level the field," creating a fair basis of comparison among generations of players--and the new picture that emerges is staggering. Here are just a few of the book's conclusions: Babe Ruth hit ninety-four home runs in a single season, shattering Bonds' record (Maris, McGwire, and Bonds don't even make the list). Pete Rose has still played more games than anyone in baseball history. Ricky Henderson never really broke Ty Cobb's record of runs scored. Cy Young holds the record for most wins (and most losses) of any pitcher. Lou Gehrig made the equivalent of $48,300,000 in 1931. This book adjusts the statistics in all the major categories in which fans make comparisons, including the best performances, the best players, the best teams and adjusted career stats for 254 hitters and 177 pitchers. Thomas even assembles his twenty-six-man "dream team" of the sport's greatest players since 1901, and takes them through a simulated 162-game season. Easy to follow and use, this book is sure to become a must-have for every die-hard baseball fan, and will undoubtedly change the nature of baseball debate forever.

124832: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
By David Adler / Harcourt Brace

Lou Gehrig's perseverance is legendary. During the fourteen years as a first baseman for the NY Yankees, he didnt miss a single game. His stamina earned him the nickname "The Iron Horse" and helped him to set what then was a world record. Lou loved baseball and considered himself a very lucky man, even though on his 36th birthday he was diagnosed with a rare and fatal disease. This powerful biography traces Lou Gehrig's life, capturing his strength, modestly, and dignity for which this remarkable man will always be remembered. Recommended for ages 6 to 9.

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National Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Gehrig monument Yankee Stadium
"Living Statue" of Lou Gehrig
Lobby of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Yankee Stadium monument park
New York Yankees
Photo "Lou Gehrig safe at home"
Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth
Retired numbers at Yankee Stadium
New York Yankee Stadium, 1930's
New York Yankees Stadium monument park
New York Yankees retired numbers
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig fishing
Lou Gehrig gives a farewell speech
Lou Gehrig "Iron Horse" grave
Colorized 1939 Lou Gehrig photo
1920's baseball card
Lou Gehrig home
Lou Gehrig 1934 baseball card
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig