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Cal Ripken, Jr.

Play Ball!

Cal Ripken, Jr.( )
Author: Ripken, Cal
Bryan, Mike
Adapted by: Herman, Gail
Illustrator: Silver, Stan
ISBN:978-0-14-130184-6
Publication Date:Mar 1999
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Imprint:Puffin
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $3.99
Book Description:

What is it like to be a major league ball player? Cal Ripken, Jr. plays third base for the Baltimore Orioles. In this autobiography for beginning readers, he talks about growing up in a baseball family, and about his love for the game. He reveals his primary goal? to play well and play every day. And he tells how, in 1995, he broke the record for playing the most games in a row. Here is Cal's story, with over 30 action-packed photographs and illustrations. Short sentences,...
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Book Details
Pages:96
Detailed Subjects: Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General
Juvenile Nonfiction / Sports & Recreation / Baseball & Softball
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.1 x 9.1 x 0.15 Inches
Book Weight:0.24 Pounds
Author Biography
Ripken, Cal (Author)
Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. was born in Havre de Grace, Md. on August 24, 1960, into a baseball family. His father was a catcher in the Baltimore Orioles organization before moving on to a coaching position, and briefly a managerial position, with the big league club. Ripken Jr. was selected by the Orioles in the second round of the 1978 free agent draft and joined his father in the major leagues in 1981. The next year, on May 20, he began a journey that would see him shatter a long-standing baseball record that most thought would never be broken: Lou Gehrig's 2,130 consecutive games played streak.

Ripken has had a good major league career. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1982 and American League (AL) Most Valuable Player in 1983 and 1991. He was a perennial starter for the AL in the Major League All-Star Game, beginning in 1984. In addition, Ripken was joined in the Orioles' infield by his brother Bill from 1987 to 1992.

Ripken is married to the former Kelly Geer. They have two children, Rachel Marie and Ryan Calvin.

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