Jonathan Eig

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Jonathan Eig (born April 26, 1964) is an American journalist and the author of four books.


Eig was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Monsey, New York. He attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, graduating in 1986.

His first newspaper job was with the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Eig is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, and he remains a contributing writer there. Eig has also written for The New York Times, Esquire, The New Republic, Men's Health, and other publications. Prior to working at the Wall Street Journal he worked as a feature writer for Chicago Magazine.

Eig has taught writing at Columbia College Chicago and lectures at Northwestern. He has spoken to audiences on various topics in the United States, including as the keynote speaker at the 2005 Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series at Mary Washington University.[1] He has also traveled the country speaking to organizations raising money for the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and was honored on the field at Yankee Stadium for his work in raising awareness of the disease.

Eig appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in May 2010.[2]

In 2012 Eig and Solomon Lieberman launched ChicagoSide Sports, an online sports magazine. It was sold to TiqIQ in March 2014.[3]

Published Works[edit]

  • Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (2005)
  • Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season (2007)
  • Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster (2010)
  • The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution (2014)


  • 2005: CASEY Award for best baseball book of the year, Luckiest Man[4]


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