*Signed by Cal Ripken, Jr.
The record-breaking Baltimore shortstop provides an insider's look at professional baseball in a candid memoir that describes his youth, all-star career with the Orioles, what is good--and bad--about baseball today, and dedication to his family and the cause of literacy.
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After the disillusioning 1994 strike, Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken made baseball seem like the all-American sport again when he played his 2131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig's record, on September 6, 1995. His surprisingly introspective autobiography reveals him as an old-fashioned guy who believes in the work ethic and doesn't mince words when assessing the state of contemporary baseball, which in his estimate is driven more by financial considerations than dedication to craft. Ripken's love of family comes across as strongly as his love of baseball.
Cal Ripken, Jr. Records & Honors:
- 1995: Broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak
- 1999: Ranked #78 on The Sporting News' list of the "100 Greatest Baseball Players"
- 1999: Elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team
- 2001: Uniform #8 retired by the Baltimore Orioles
- 2007: Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by 98.53% of voters, the highest percentage of votes ever for a position player, as well as third-highest overall
- 2007: Inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29 with the San Diego Padres' great Tony Gwynn in front of a record crowd of 75,000 people
- Most consecutive games played with 2,632
- Most consecutive innings played with 8,243
- Most home runs by a shortstop with 345
- Most double plays by a shortstop in the American League, with 1,682
- All-time leader in MLB All-Star fan balloting (36,123,483)
- Most American League MLB All-Star team selections with 19 – 1983–2001
- Most MLB All-Star Game appearances at shortstop with 15 – 1983–1996, 2001
- Most consecutive MLB All-Star Game starts with 17
- Most plate appearances by one player in one game with 15 (Triple-A game tied with Tom Eaton and Dallas Williams)
SIGNED BY CAL RIPKEN, JR.
Viking Press, 1997
Hardcover, 326 pages