Lou Gehrig comes out of this story as one of sport's gentlemen, a genuinely nice guy. He had a great career with the Yankees, playing wingman to Babe Ruth for much of his career. But all the way through the book, the reader is aware that it isn't going to be a happy ending. And when Gehrig's illness strikes, the way he humbly handles it leaves the reader full of sympathy and regret for a life cruelly cut short. Gehrig had a great career, but this book leaves me wondering how much greater it could have been had he been able to play on another couple of years.