Ripken: Cal on Cal

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Mark Vancil
Summit Publishing Group, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 112 pages
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In a time when loyalty and endurance are increasingly becoming forgotten as the building blocks of excellence, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. stands as a steadfast example of what makes baseball "America's game". Now the team that gave readers Rare Air and Andretti provides an up-close look at this future hall-of-famer. 100 color photos.

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About the author (1995)

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.

Walter Iooss Jr. has more than 300 "Sports Illustrated covers to his credit, and recently celebrated his 40th year as the magazine's senior photographer. He is the photographer of the best-seller "Rare Air and Abrams' "Classic Baseball, among many other books. Iooss lives in Montauk, New York. Rick Reilly, a senior writer for "Sports Illustrated, has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year eight times. His latest national bestseller, "Who's Your Caddy?, recounting his misadventures caddying for tour pros like Jack Nicklaus and David Duval, was released in May 2003. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Mark Vancil is president of Rare Air Media, a publishing and communications company based in Winnetka, Illinois, that has produced dozens of award-winning books and custom publishing programs for sports, publishing and entertainment clients.

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