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


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...

Kylea rated it ★★★☆☆

January 16, 2018

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 played. Even though the two men were built from two different baseball worlds, both played through i...

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 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...

Zach rated it ★★★★★

February 25, 2018

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, yet at the same time questioned for their perceived selfishness in putting personal glory ov...

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...

Andy rated it ★★★☆☆

February 12, 2018

Overall I liked this book. It's a perfectly pleasant and informative microhistory about baseball endurance records and the (mostly) interesting people who achieved them. Splitting the narrative between Gehrig and Ripken also offers effective snapshots of the very different eras, and allows reader...

Joe rated it ★★★★☆

March 10, 2018

A perfect way to get excited for the new season. If you are looking for a baseball story book rather than the stat geek tomes, John Eisenberg brings a nice fluid connective tissue about endurance, persistence and performance. Something that will probably never be broken (but they said that before...

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...

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