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The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic Record


The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic Record by Lee Server
English | July 4th, 2017 | ASIN: B01I4FPO6W, ISBN: 0544107675 | 327 pages | AZW3 | 3.12 MB



The fascinating story of baseball’s legendary “Ironmen,” two players from different eras who each achieved the coveted and sometimes confounding record of most consecutive games played!



When Cal Ripken Jr. began his career with the Baltimore Orioles at age twenty-one, he had no idea he would someday beat the historic record of playing 2,130 games in a row, a record set forty-two years before by the fabled “Iron Horse” of the New York Yankees, Lou Gehrig. Ripken went on to surpass that record by 502 games, and the baseball world was floored. Few feats in sports history have generated more acclaim.

But the record spawns an array of questions. When did someone first think it was a good idea to play in so many games without taking a day off? Who owned the record before Gehrig? Whose streak-Gehrig’s or Ripken’s-was the more difficult achievement?

Through probing research, meticulous analysis, and colorful parallel storytelling, The Streak delves into this impressive but controversial milestone, unraveling Gehrig’s at-times unwitting pursuit of that goal (Babe Ruth used to think Gehrig crazy for wanting to play every game), and Ripken’s fierce determination to stay in the lineup and continue to contribute whatever he could even as his skills diminished with age.

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