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LUCKIEST MAN and Other Interesting Reads
There has been so much written about Lou Gehrig, so many
books, so many articles. All baseball fans have probably seen "The Lou
Gehrig Story" with Gary Cooper multiple times.
So "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig" by Jonathan
Eig (Simon and Schuster, $26.00, 420 pages) had a tough road to hoe and
potholes to avoid, if you pardon the metaphors and allusions.
Eig does a good job. There is much of interest, much new
awareness, and much writing with an attitude. The 200 or so pages of
previously unpublished correspondence to and from Gehrig, the 100 or so
interviews - all give the book depth and heft. If you like baseball bios
and are a fan of the "Iron Horse," this is a good summer read.
"Bulldog Madness" by Wilton Sharpe (Cumberland House
Publishing, $12.95, 256 pages) is recommended reading for all fans of
the Georgia Bulldogs. It is clear, concise and full of facts.
Also from Cumberland House comes "Packer Pride By Alan Ross ($12.95,
271 pages), perfect reading for Pack zealots.
"The Summer That Saved Baseball" by Dave Kaval and Brad Null (Cumberland
House, $16.95, 332 pages) tells the tale of two Stanford guys following
graduation in the summer of 1998 touring the major league ballparks for
38 days - lots of inside stuff.
"Wrong Side of the Wall" by Eric Stone (Lyons Press, $21.95, 310 pages)
is an in depth and carefully put together look at the life of Blackie
Schwamb, the greatest prison baseball player of all time. Schwamb was a
22-year-old riser as a hurler for the old St. Louis Browns. A year later
he was imprisoned for a brutal murder.
For those interested in the story behind "Cinderella Man" "Braddock" is
the book for you. Written by Jim Hague (Chamberlain Brothers,
$9.95, 176 pages, paper) - it is a captivating read.
From Lake Claremont Press comes "Wrigley Field's Last World
Series: The Wartime Chicago Cubs and the Pennant in 1945" by Charles N.
Billington ( $16.95, 321 pages). The title and sub-title of the book
contains a nice summary of what this nostalgic tome is all about.
Required reading for baseball history buffs.
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