Cal Ripken, Jr.: Play Ball! Promo

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Puffin Books, Jan 1, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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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, important visual clues, and a lively text encourage young sports fans to become excited about reading.

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Contents

Play Every Day
5
The Draft
15
The Baltimore Orioles
23
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

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.

Ivor van Heerden, a native of South Africa, is deputy director, LSU Hurricane Center; director, Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes; and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at LSU.
Mike Bryan, a native Texan, is the author of the bestselling Cal Ripken autobiography, "The Only Way I Know," along with many other books.

Susan Saunders is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the Pony Camp series from HarperPaperbacks. She lives in New York, NY.

In addition to the Black Cat Club series, Jane Manning has also illustrated This Little Piggy for HarperFestival. She lives in Deep River, CT.

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