by Sukey HowardAugust, 2005
Before steroids, mega-million dollar salaries and free agency, when the Yankee dynasty was first being formed, there was a shy, hard-hitting hero named Lou Gehrig. Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, written by Jonathan Eig and faultlessly read by Edward Hermann, is a well-researched, play-by-play biography that reveals the real man who played the game with all his heart even as ALS, the disease that carries his name, was starting its irreversible destruction. Eig delivers a wonderful portrait of the greatest first baseman in baseball history and his era. An archival excerpt of Gehrig's heartbreaking farewell speech is included in the audio version.