Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man

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Lou Gehrig's perseverance is legendary. During fourteen years as a first baseman for the New York Yankees, he played in a record 2,130 consecutive games, earning himself the nickname Iron Horse. Lou loved baseball and considered himself a very lucky man, even though on his thirty-sixth birthday he was diagnosed with a rare and fatal disease. 11 X 9.

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Overview

Lou Gehrig's perseverance is legendary. During fourteen years as a first baseman for the New York Yankees, he played in a record 2,130 consecutive games, earning himself the nickname Iron Horse. Lou loved baseball and considered himself a very lucky man, even though on his thirty-sixth birthday he was diagnosed with a rare and fatal disease. 11 X 9.

Author Biography: DAVID A. ADLER lives in New York.
TERRY WIDENER lives in Texas.

Traces the life of the Yankees' star ballplayer, focusing on his character and his struggle with the terminal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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A touching tribute to the baseball superstar . . . Stunning illustrations.
Boston Globe
A touching tribute to the baseball superstar . . . Stunning illustrations.
Boston Globe
A touching tribute to the baseball superstar . . . Stunning illustrations.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW called this picture-book biography of the man who played 2,130 consecutive games for the New York Yankees "a gracious tribute to a stalwart, modest and tirelessly optimistic man. Widener's stylized acrylics vividly re-create the look and feel of major league baseball in the '20s and '30s." Ages 6-9. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The story of the amazing Yankee whose stamina, courage, and humility on the ball field was equaled by the way he lived his life. Illustrations capture the excitement of the game and the power of a man who refuses to see terminal illness as a defeat.
Children's Literature - Karen Saxe
When we think of Lou Gehrig, we probably think of four things: his rags-to-riches life, his outstanding ability in baseball, his early death to what is now called Lou Gehrig disease, and the grace with which he faced his death and the public during the last years of his life. Adler has done a most admirable job with all four. The layout of the book is attractive, and Widener's illustrations accurately evoke early twentieth century New York City. The book also gives an indication of how profoundly the nature of professional sports has changed since Gehrig's time.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
David A. Adler's Lou Gehrig, is a poignant biography of the legendary first baseman who, when terminally ill, still considered himself "The luckiest man on the face of the earth."
Kirkus Reviews
The aw-shucks decency of Gehrig drives this picture-book biography from Adler (One Yellow Daffodil, 1995, etc.); what comes through is Gehrig as a genuine rarity, blessed with colossal athletic talent that he carried with dignity and modesty.

The familiar story (no sources are given, but it follows the Gary Cooper movie, Pride of the Yankees, quite closely) is here: how Gehrig left college and signed with the Yankees to get money for his family; his remarkable, 14-year, 2,130-consecutive-game record; how he benched himself when he started to experience the effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; his farewell speech to Yankee fans ("I'm the luckiest man on the face of the earth"); his death at age 37 and the rain that fell on his funeral. Adler never overstates the adulation, which would sound hokey on anyone else's shoulders, but fits Gehrig snugly. Newcomer Widener's illustrations capture the texture of Gehrig's city and playing fields, although one spread—of Yankee Stadium in the rain—brings the book to a premature close (a dangling page of text follows). Readers will feel good after reading this biography—and maybe even inspired to start measuring themselves against Gehrig's standard.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152024833
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 137,511
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    One of the Best Baseball Picture Books

    There many great baseball picture books. This is one of the best. Grownups, if you are reading this aloud, you may tear up at some of the more poignant moments.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    A great lesson in humility.

    I loved sharing this book with my kids. In today's society when it all seems like whomever has the most stuff wins, this books brings to light what's really important in live -- friends and family and recognizing all the blessings we have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    A great book about a great man!

    Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler is one of my favorite books. The story is about Lou, who plays baseball. He lives in New York. Lou plays baseball and Lou¿s mother thought games and sports was a waste of time. He loves baseball. He went to a baseball team call the New York Yankees. Every single game he went. Lou gave a speech. He was crying when he gave the speech. Boys might like this book because of baseball, but some girls will like it too. Something sad is going to happen at the end and I can not tell you what it is. That is why you should read the book.

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