Lou Gehrig. Jackie Robinson. Two of the game’s most iconic players, celebrated for their courage under extreme conditions. Both the subjects of outstanding biographies by Jonathan Eig, and both of which appear in 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die
Eig has worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Chicago magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and The Washington Post and he has appeared on the Today Show, NPR, and in the Prohibition documentary made by Ken Burns for PBS. But what really impresses people is that he once appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (although that was to discuss his biography on Al Capone, who did have some baseball connections himself.)
I have chatted with Jonathan Eig several times since Luckiest Man came out in 2005. (Interestingly, the audio version of the book is narrated by Edward Herrmann, who played the ill-fated ballplayer in the 1978 TV movie, A Love Affair: The Elanor and Lou Gehrig Story, which is available on Netflix.) Here’s our latest conversation.