The streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and baseball's most historic record

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From an award-winning sports writer, the fascinating story of baseball greats Cal Ripken and Lou Gehrig, who each at one point achieved the coveted and sometimes confounding consecutive games played record, making them baseball's most legendary "Ironmen"
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display_description "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 playing 2,130 games in a rowset 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 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. 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--for that workaday mentality and that desire to be there for the game they love, the job they are paid to do"--
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subject_facet Baltimore Orioles (Baseball team) -- History
Baseball -- Records -- United States
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Gehrig, Lou, -- 1903-1941
New York Yankees (Baseball team) -- History
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title_display The streak : Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and baseball's most historic record
title_full The streak : Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and baseball's most historic record / John Eisenberg
title_short The streak :
title_sub Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and baseball's most historic record