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

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Read The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball's Most Historic Record Online Free - 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
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ISBN : 0544107675
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Reviews


Lance rated it ★★★★★

June 07, 2017

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 and all of the postseason the previous season. The road to this moment for Ripken, as well as th...


Chris rated it ★★★★☆

September 14, 2017

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. And I'm a chump who is always looking for another book to read. So what the hell. Yeah, it's pretty...


Agatha rated it ★★★★☆

July 24, 2017

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 pursuit of the record with those who set records before and chased them after Gehrig, along with o...


Allen rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2017

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 record that allows lovers of the game to find the connections with the strongest personal resonance. Ba...


Randall rated it ★★★☆☆

August 22, 2017

Eisenberg does a good job comparing and contrasting the two streaks - Gehrig's and Ripken's. He highlights the similarities and differences between the two eras, e.g., the mindset of the players, the role of the press covering the game, the challenges of playing major league baseball and the off-...


Jacob rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2017

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 heavily criticized he was in other years during "The Streak." This informative book covers the h...


P.e. rated it ★★★★☆

August 24, 2017

Most people know about the streak and this book goes into depth about not only Lou Gehrig, but also Cal Ripken. It opens with the scene of Ripken going around the stadium when he broke the record. I remember watching it that night, but I wonder what it would be like in this day with all of device...


Justin rated it ★★★★☆

July 14, 2017

There are some seriously dry sections (Ripken's story and approach is pretty well known, and even Eisenberg's access and insight doesn't change that) and his reporter's background weighs a little on his prose at times. His description of the record-breaking night is a marvelous read, though. Eisen...


Liz rated it ★★★☆☆

August 30, 2017

I found this a very interesting read. Enjoyed both sections though of course I am more familiar with Ripken (my time period) than Gehrig so it was good to learn more and see him as more than the man speaking at Yankee Stadium at the end of his career. I think what really made the book work were t...


Mark rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2017

The Streak is an outstandingly told piece of historical research and journalism concerning a topic of utmost unimportance. Not only can baseball itself be considered unimportant, but playing streaks are shown to be the oddest baseball statistic of all - they wind up with a life of their own and n...





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