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 Review

The fascinating story of baseball’s most legendary “Iron Men,” Cal Ripken Jr. and Lou Gehrig, 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’d beat the historic record of 2,130 games played in a row set by Lou Gehrig, the fabled “Iron Horse” of the New York Yankees. When Ripken beat that record by 502 games, the baseball world was floored. Few feats in sports history have generated more acclaim. But the record that Ripken now owns, quite possibly forever, spawns an array of questions. Was his streak or Gehrig’s the more difficult achievement? Who owned the record before Gehrig? When did someone first think it was a good idea to play in so many games without taking a day off?   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 and Ripken’s fierce determination to play the game his way, which resulted in his seizing of the record decades later. Along the way Eisenberg dives deep into the history of the record and offers a portrait of the pastime in different eras, going back more than a century.   The question looms: Was it harder for Ripken or Gehrig to play every day for so long? The length of seasons, the number of teams in the major leagues, the inclusion of non-white players, travel, technology, and even media are all part of the equation. Larger than all of this, however, is a book that captures the deeply American appreciation—as seen in the sport itself, its players, and its fans—for that workaday mentality and that desire to be there for the game they love, the job they are paid to do.

Title:The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball's Most Historic Record
Edition Language:English

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

  • Brina

    Comparing and contrasting Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, Jr., and the durability of baseball's iron men. 4 stars, full review to come. ...

  • Lance

    On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken broke the record for consecutive major league baseball games played. The moment provided the sport with a much-needed boost after a strike wiped out the last six weeks...

  • Chris Jaffe

    This was quite a bit better than it had any right to be.This one didn't look that interesting to me when I first saw it, but there was nothing else baseball-related that looked better at the moment. A...

  • Kylea Smith

    In May of 1939, Lou Gehrig set the major league’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played. Nearly 60 years later, in 1998, shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. ended his new consecutive streak at 2,632 games p...

  • Agatha Donkar

    Ah, this was so great. Not sure if it's for a baseball fan who isn't an Orioles fan, but probably it is - it's thoroughly well-researched and perfectly structured, interspersing chapters about Cal's p...

  • Allen Adams

    http://www.themaineedge.com/sports/th...No American professional sport is as enamored of its own history as baseball. The combination of the statistical and the anecdotal provides a wide-ranging recor...

  • Murray

    In late May of 1982, I had the opportunity to meet Cal Ripken before a game, during a rain delay. We sat in the dugout, watching the rain, talking briefly. We are only about a year apart in age, so I ...

  • Ben Austin

    Cal Ripken Jr. is a professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles. He’s had a very successful career. He’s a player that shows a lot of enthusiasm for the sport of baseball. Players aroun...

  • Zach Koenig

    There might not be a stranger baseball record than the one for consecutive games played. The record holders (most notably Lou Gehrig & Cal Ripken Jr.) are revered for their toughness and perseverance,...

  • Jacob

    Cal Ripken's chase to reach Lou Gehrig's "unbreakable" record of 2,130 consecutive baseball games played was so celebrated by the time it reached its pinnacle in 1995 that it's easy to forget just how...