Lou Gehrig (Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters Series)

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313328664
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters Series
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 1,322,855
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM C. KASHATUS is a professional historian and educator who holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Kashatus has written for the New York Times, Philadelphia Daily News, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, among other publications. His previous baseball books include September Swoon: Richie Allen, the '64 Phillies and Racial Integration; Mike Schmidt; Connie Mack's '29 Triumph; and One-Armed Wonder: Pete Gray, Wartime Baseball and the American Dream.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix
Chronology xiii
Introduction xv
Chapter 1 Born and Bred in New York City, 1903-1920 1
Chapter 2 Columbia Days, 1921-1923 11
Chapter 3 Krichell's "Can't Miss" Kid, 1923-1925 21
Chapter 4 Yankee Dynasty, 1926-1928 35
Chapter 5 Buster and the Babe, 1929-1934 49
Chapter 6 Pride of the Yankees, 1935-1938 71
Chapter 7 Quiet Courage, 1939-1941 83
Chapter 8 Making of a Legend, 1941-2002 105
Epilogue: Honoring Lou's Legacy, 2003 125
Appendix Lou Gehrig's Career and World Series Statistics 132
A Note about Lou Gehrig's Disease 135
Bibliography 137
Index 143
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