Lou Gehrig: Pride of the Yankees

LOU GEHRIG                                                  PAUL GALLICO

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 “the Iron Horse” and went unbroken for more than five decades. World Series champion, All-Star, American League Most Valuable Player, Triple Crown winner—the list of Gehrig’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 “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” 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 Award–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 America’s pastime and inspired the nation as no other athlete ever has.


I received this Ebook from NetGalley a while back and I thought I already did the review. I did not. This book was the basis for the movie about his life that starred Gary Cooper. I found that there was some information inside the book that was different than the movie. Like when he realized that the woman who would later become his wife was interested in him. He went to her hotel at 4 in the morning because that is when he realized what she had told him. Also how the members of the fraternity treated him was worse than what was made out of the film. I liked the love story between him and his wife and how he really did get married at his home by the mayor of the town in front of the workers because of a disagreement between her and his mother. Also at the end, it turned out that she knew more about his illness than he did. After he passed and they did an autopsy they found he had over 200 injuries that he never told anyone about. Raging from broken bones to knee, and hip and shoulder. I thought that to be very interesting since now everyone takes days off for everything, and back then they did not have the medical or even the desire to leave the game for fear of losing their place. Overall a very good book and a little different than the movie. A good book for anyone. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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