Cal Ripken, Jr.: Play Ball!

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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 ...
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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.

A simple biography of the highly honored player for the Baltimore Orioles, who in 1995 broke the record for playing the most games in a row.

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Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
One of the most exciting discoveries for beginning readers is when they discover they can find books to match their interests. Baseball enthusiasts will be pleased to discover this title. There are game rundowns and lots of photos. This early nonfiction has a reasonable number of words. A fan who is more reluctant to read than play ball might join the reading game if you pitch this baseball book.
Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
It's almost like being in the dugout with Cal, listening to him tell about his life in baseball. A kid like any other-getting into scrapes, missing his dad who traveled a lot while he was young, hungering for friends while on the road for spring training, breaking a lot of windows playing baseball with his siblings-why, Cal's just an ordinary guy. With the world record for stick-to-it-iveness in the game. His dedicated/stubborn side brought him early acclaim for solving the toughest math problem (eleventh grade); playing in the longest baseball game on record (in the minors with Rochester: 32 innings before the game was stopped April 18, 1981, to be continued in June for the 33rd inning); bench-sitting his first year with the Orioles, determined to play so well once he did get put in that the manager would never take him out. And he never did, either, until that back injury this year. But Cal's back now: I saw him hit a homer at Camden Yards myself last week. And he'll seem like your own good buddy once you read his story...don't wait too long for the treat.
Children's Literature - Jacki Vawter
The story of the major league baseball player who holds the record for playing the most consecutive games (2,632), is told in an easy chapter book for young readers. The career of Cal Ripken, Jr. is described from his early baseball family days through September 1998. The Baltimore Orioles player presents his baseball career from Little League to minor league to rookie season to Major League. Slumps and streaks are reported. Excellent action photos support each chapter. The final chapter relates the excitement of the record-breaking drive. Ripken's message to do your very best, day in and day out, begins and ends his story. It is his legacy and is reflected appropriately in the telling of his life story. Career achievements identify Ripken as a skillful and honored player but his nickname, Iron Man, is only identified and not explained.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4This beginning chapter book about the Baltimore Orioles hero who broke the record for playing the most games in a row is sure to be a hit with young baseball fans, but its appeal will not be limited to them. Adapted from Ripkens autobiography, The Only Way I Know (Viking, 1997), the text is nicely balanced with portrayals of both slumps and streaks, anecdotes and statistics. The combination of first-person narration with full-color photographs and realistic paintings that depict both the drama of baseball and ordinary childhood moments will pull kids into the life and thoughts of this hardworking player. The books greatest strength is Ripkens unflappable persistence and philosophical approach to rough times, whether personal or professional. A one-page list of career highlights is included. Accessible to a slightly younger audience than Ripken and Doug Keiths Count Me In (Taylor, 1995), this title is a pro in a genre glutted with farm leaguers.Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141301846
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Puffin Easy-to-Read Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author


Cal Ripken is baseball’s all-time Iron Man. He retired from baseball in October 2001 after twenty-one seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His name appears in the record books repeatedly, most notably as one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played (2,130) and voluntarily ended his streak in 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games. Although he finished his career at third base, he is best known for redefining the position of shortstop, and in January 2007 he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

As the President & CEO of the Ripken Baseball Group, Cal is committed to growing the game of baseball at the grassroots level. Ripken Baseball has built and operates The Aberdeen Project, a baseball complex consisting of Ripken Stadium, home to the minor league Aberdeen IronBirds, and the Ripken Youth Baseball Academy. It also owns the Class A Augusta (GA) GreenJackets and has recently opened The Ripken Experience, a youth complex in Myrtle Beach, SC. Cal is also founder of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, which brings baseball to disadvantaged youth across the country, refurbishes fields, and donates baseball equipment to public schools. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and their children, Rachel and Ryan.

Mike Bryan has written or collaborated on many books, including Cal Ripken’s bestselling autobiographyThe Only Way I Know, Uneasy Rider, and The Afterword, a novel.

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