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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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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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
March 19, 2017
So many baseball records that we notice are about being hot for a period of time. Usually at the plate. Cal Ripken's breaking, shattering of Lou Gerhig's consecutive game streak is a record that will (probably) never be broken. And I will always remember his running around the field the night be...
August 16, 2017
This was a very well detailed book about streaks in baseball, such as Cal Ripken and Lou Gehrig's. It also discussed a number of other players who had long streaks. I really enjoyed it