Lou Gehrig: A Biography

Hardcover | August 31, 2004

byWilliam C. Kashatus

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Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played stood for decades until Cal Ripken Jr. broke it in 1995. Most people remember Gehrig for this record, or for the disease that claimed his life (and now bears his name). But what many forget is how prolific a hitter he was. The son of German immigrants, Gehrig rose from inauspicious beginnings to become a scholar-athlete at Columbia University, and then moved to Major League Baseball, where he knocked in almost 2,000 runs and helped his team win six world championships. William Kashatus recounts the perserverance and poise of a life which ended tragically, yet heroically. Written in cooperation with George Pollack, the lawyer for the Gehrig estate, this biography provides a valuable addition to the study of an enduring American sports legend. The final chapters analyze the creation of the player's legend through literature and film and also update the reader on the on-going fight against ALS.

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Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played stood for decades until Cal Ripken Jr. broke it in 1995. Most people remember Gehrig for this record, or for the disease that claimed his life (and now bears his name). But what many forget is how prolific a hitter he was. The son of German immigrants, Gehrig rose from inauspicious begin...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.56 × 6.32 × 0.7 inPublished:August 31, 2004Publisher:Greenwood PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313328668

ISBN - 13:9780313328664

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"Lou Gehrig played his last complete season in 1938, while unknowingly suffering from his dread disease. Although that was sixty-five years ago, the Gehrig legend has continued to grow with new generations who never saw him play. Fortunately, William Kashatus' masterful research and writing has given birth to the ultimate Gehrig baseball story and views for the first time the tragic, lonely, and dedicated life of Eleanor Gehrig, who devoted her life and her estate to research for a cure of ALS. This outstanding book traces the growth of this wonderful legend."-George Pollack Executor, Gehrig Estate