Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir

Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir

by Alan D. Gaff


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“A compelling rumination by a baseball icon and a tragic hero.” —Sports Illustrated

The lost memoir from baseball icon Lou Gehrig—a sensational discovery, published for the first time as a book.

At the tender age of twenty-four, Lou Gehrig decided to tell the remarkable story of his life and career. He was one of the most famous athletes in the country, in the midst of a record-breaking season with the legendary 1927 World Series-winning Yankees. In an effort to grow Lou’s star, pioneering sports agent Christy Walsh arranged for Lou’s tale of baseball greatness to syndicate in newspapers across the country. Until now, those columns were largely forgotten and lost to history.

Lou comes alive in this inspiring memoir. It is a heartfelt rags-to-riches tale about a dirt poor kid from New York who became one of the most revered baseball players of all time.

Fourteen years after his account, Lou would tragically die from ALS, a neuromuscular disorder now known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. His poignant autobiography is followed by an insightful biographical essay by historian Alan D. Gaff. Here is Lou—Hall of Famer, All Star, and MVP—back at bat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982132392
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 3,527
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alan D. Gaff is an independent scholar and the author of many books, including Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir, Bayonets in the Wilderness, Blood in the Argonne, and On Many a Bloody Field, hailed as “a masterpiece of Civil War scholarship” (The Bookwatch). He lives in Indiana.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Lost Memoir 9

Lou: The Biographical Essay 103

Roster 187

Lou Gehrig's Regular Season Lifetime Stats 197

Lou Gehrig's Tips on How to Watch a Ball Game 199

Acknowledgments 201

Notes 205

Bibliography 215

Illustration Credits 218

Index 219

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