Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time

Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time

by Ray Robinson
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Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time by Ray Robinson

Lou Gehrig will go down in history as one of the best ballplayers of all time. With a career average of .340 and 493 home runs, he played in a recordsetting 2,130 consecutive games and was elected to the Hall of Fame. He was robbed of his superb physical skills as a relatively young man by ALS, the degenerative disease now known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," and died in 1941. Ray Robinson re-creates the life of this legendary ballplayer and also provides an insightful look at baseball through the Depression years, including all the great players of that era-Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Miller Huggins, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060974084
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/1991
Series: Harper Perennial
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Ray Robinson (1921—2017) was an American journalist and nonfiction writer whose work often focused on sports topics.

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Chapter One

After the Called Shot

If a single episode encapsulated the essence of Lou Gehrig's achievements, while underlining his perennial supporting role to Babe Ruth, it was that moment in the 1932 World Series when the Babe's "called-shot" home run was infused into baseball mythology.

Stepping to the plate after the Babe's grand, risky gesture had brought the house down, Gehrig hit his own follow-up home run, an enormous fly, sailing along on the wings of the breeze off Lake Michigan, clearing the high flagpole and landing in the temporary right-field stand.

But no artist has ever been inspired to paint an oil impression of Lou's home run, while several have depicted on canvas Ruth's blast.

Ironically, Gehrig is now best remembered not for the committed way he played the game, but for the way he departed it on that lugubrious summer day in 1939 when he waved farewell to the fans at Yankee Stadium because he was stricken in the prime of life with an incurable disease.

But to understand the nobility of that moment, which has inspired so many people ever since while nudging Gehrig toward sainthood and ensconcing him in American folklore, we must recover Gehrig the player and Gehrig the man.

When the Babe and Lou played in their fourth and final World Series together in 1932, Ruth, at thirty-seven, had just enjoyed his last forty-home-run season (with forty-one).

Iron Horse. Copyright © by Ray Robinson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Letter from Lou9
1After the Called Shot19
2A Boy in the City28
3Roar, Lion, Roar44
4Off the Sundial50
5Coming to the Yankees60
6Seasoning at Hartford70
7It Could Have Been Harvard77
8Gehrig for Pipp85
9Lou and the Yanks Come of Age104
10An Incredible Year112
11The Odd Couple123
12A Series Hero131
13Things Come Loose138
14The Home Run that Didn't Count142
15The Human Side148
16Four Quiet Four-Baggers161
17The Streak168
18Love Match176
19Happy Days189
20Captain of the Yankees210
21New Man in Town214
22Old World Series Rivals219
23Visiting Professor223
24A Final Series Homer229
25"Why Not Stop at 1,999?"233
26The Last Series239
27Silent Spring244
28Farewell to Baseball255
29Last Days271
Pride of the Yankees275
Appendix AGehrig's Lifetime Record280
Appendix BThe Lou Gehrig Award282
Acknowledgments285
Index289

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of if not the best book Ive ever read. It is a book that tells about the Iron Horse Lou Gherigs life, career, and his fight with ALS.This book made me think of Lou Gherig as the best player to ever step on the diamond. This book made me realize how every baseball player should conduct himself and act on and off the field. This book shows how much Lou loved the sport and how much more he loved the fans. This book also shows the stats and accomplishments Lou aquired during his career. It shows how day in and day out he would start every game no matter what the injury. I would highly recommend this book to EVERYONE because it shows how a role model should be and it shows the career of one of the greatest batters of all time when he was playing for one of the greatest dynastys of all time. Anyone who wants to be inspired should read this book about the Iron Horse Lou Gherig.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of if not the best book ive ever read.It is a book that tells about the Iron Horse Lou Gherigs life,carear,and his fight with ALS.This book made me think of Lou Gherig as the best player to ever step on the diamond.This book made me realize how ever baseball player should conduct himself and act on and off the field.This book shows how much Lou loved the sport and how much more he loved the fans.This book also shows the stats and accomplishments Lou aquired during his carear.It shows how day in and day out he would start every game no matter what the injury.I would highly recommend this book to EVERYONE because it shows how a role model should be and it shows the carear of one of the greatest batters of all time when he was playing for one of the greatest dynastys of all time.Anyone who wants to be inspired should read this book about the Iron Horse Lou Gherig.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a dedicated Yankee fan. I love them. Baseball is my biggest passion. And Lou Gehrig is my favorite. The Iron Horse. What more can one say? He was an amazing baseball player, and and even more amazing baseball player. This, in my opinion, is the greatest Lou Gehrig book. It is detailed, interesting, and amusing. You want to learn about Gehrig? Read this. Author Ray Robinson wrote this brilliant book and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who loves baseball, loves Gehrig, loves the Yankees, or wants to read the story of a strong man who fought ALS with all his might until the day he finally fell. And the Iron Horse will always be loved. #4.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Want to know how one of the best first baseman in the history of baseball got his start? The story of the humble Lou Gehrig is an interesting and moving story. This book includes his full farewell speech that is one of the most memorable moments in baseball history.
Garrett_Folbe More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, biographies I have ever read. It tells the story of one of the most humble men to ever play the game of baseball: Lou Gehrig. Robinson does an absolutely wonderful job of telling of the ins and outs of Gehrig’s life and career. As an avid sports fan, I enjoyed learning about the relatively unknown life of Gehrig. Most only know Gehrig for his abrupt ending in life due to his disease. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn more about the life of Gehrig and the events of his life before his tragic death, or someone who simply wants to learn the life story of a great, great man. Despite being one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game, he often lived in the shadows of other towering figures, such as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio. Lou did not receive proper recognition for most of his achievements and accolades during his playing career. It was not until he was diagnosed with ALS that he captured the nation’s attention, but at this point, it was too late. Gehrig serves as a model for how every athlete should be, and Robinson conveys this in a fitting manner. All sports fans need to read this book.