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The Streak

posted by: July 6, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for  The Streak Award-winning sports journalist John Eisenberg takes on two of baseball’s iron men in The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr. and Baseball's Most Historic Record. This profile of two legendary Hall of Famers examines the seemingly impossible. It was on May 2, 1939 that Yankees manager Joe McCarthy benched Lou Gehrig who was slumping and unbeknownst to the team and fans, also mortally ill. This ended his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, a record for the ages. Over 50 years later, Cal Ripken Jr., of our own beloved Orioles, proved that all records can be broken and subsequently played in 2,632 consecutive games.

 

This is a story of endurance and willpower. Eisenberg’s thorough research records minor injuries, slumps and detractors, yet shows how these two men weathered through with sheer grit. Both had impressive athletic skill and baseball smarts, but were also inspirational team leaders. Eisenberg also raises questions regarding such a feat. What kind of player does it take to accomplish this remarkable achievement? Is a player hurting his team by never sitting out? Will this record ever be broken? While we should never say never, the outlook is a strong no for the last question. Ripken's record doubles that of the third longest (and the longest of our era): Miguel Tejada's 1,152, ending in 2007, followed by Prince Fielder's 547, ending in 2014. Join author John Eisenberg at our Cockeysville Branch on July 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of this compelling history of two remarkable baseball icons.


 
 

Revised: July 10, 2017