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Cal Ripken, Jr., plays third base for the Baltimore Orioles. But how did he get there? Cal talks about baseball in his own words. He grew up in a baseball family and learned to love the game. In 1995, Cal broke the record for playing the most consecutive games. He tells how he played 2,632 games in a row and why his goal is to play his best in every game. Here is Cal's story, with over thirty exciting photos and illustrations.
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Cal Ripken is baseball’s all-time Iron Man. He retired from baseball in October 2001 after twenty-one seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His name appears in the record books repeatedly, most notably as one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played (2,130) and voluntarily ended his streak in 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games. Although he finished his career at third base, he is best known for redefining the position of shortstop, and in January 2007 he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
As the President & CEO of the Ripken Baseball Group, Cal is committed to growing the game of baseball at the grassroots level. Ripken Baseball has built and operates The Aberdeen Project, a baseball complex consisting of Ripken Stadium, home to the minor league Aberdeen IronBirds, and the Ripken Youth Baseball Academy. It also owns the Class A Augusta (GA) GreenJackets and has recently opened The Ripken Experience, a youth complex in Myrtle Beach, SC. Cal is also founder of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, which brings baseball to disadvantaged youth across the country, refurbishes fields, and donates baseball equipment to public schools. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and their children, Rachel and Ryan.
Mike Bryan has written or collaborated on many books, including Cal Ripken’s bestselling autobiographyThe Only Way I Know, Uneasy Rider, and The Afterword, a novel.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-4This beginning chapter book about the Baltimore Orioles hero who broke the record for playing the most games in a row is sure to be a hit with young baseball fans, but its appeal will not be limited to them. Adapted from Ripkens autobiography, The Only Way I Know (Viking, 1997), the text is nicely balanced with portrayals of both slumps and streaks, anecdotes and statistics. The combination of first-person narration with full-color photographs and realistic paintings that depict both the drama of baseball and ordinary childhood moments will pull kids into the life and thoughts of this hardworking player. The books greatest strength is Ripkens unflappable persistence and philosophical approach to rough times, whether personal or professional. A one-page list of career highlights is included. Accessible to a slightly younger audience than Ripken and Doug Keiths Count Me In (Taylor, 1995), this title is a pro in a genre glutted with farm leaguers.Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2000. Condition: New. Stan Silver (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0141308729