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There aren't many Americans who didn't feel a lump in their throat watching Cal Ripken, Jr. take a historic jog around the bases on the evening of September 6, 1995—the night he smashed Lou Gehrig's record number of 2,130 consecutively played games. But, as "the hardest working man in baseball" will tell you, he was just doing his job. And now he tells you just how he does it, why he does it, and how it makes him feel. With the candor and grace that have endeared him to fans everywhere, Cal Ripken, Jr. tells the ...

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Overview

There aren't many Americans who didn't feel a lump in their throat watching Cal Ripken, Jr. take a historic jog around the bases on the evening of September 6, 1995—the night he smashed Lou Gehrig's record number of 2,130 consecutively played games. But, as "the hardest working man in baseball" will tell you, he was just doing his job. And now he tells you just how he does it, why he does it, and how it makes him feel. With the candor and grace that have endeared him to fans everywhere, Cal Ripken, Jr. tells the story of his journey to the major leagues: of his early childhood and life with a baseball manager for a father; his stint in the minors, working his way up from the Rookie Leagues to Triple-A; and finally to the permanent call from Baltimore where he began the drive to an All-Star career. Cal talks with warmth of his mentors and teammates, and with honesty of the Orioles? roller-coaster ride from the pennant to a lamentable 0-21 start in the eighties. He reveals his innermost thoughts on the game, and leads us through his strategies at the plate and on the field. Best of all, Cal reveals what makes him tick: his commitment to the game, to his family, to his career, and to the team. In this rich and rewarding memoir, we find out why he's credited with putting the "great" back into America's greatest game: it's the only way he knows.

With the charm, intelligence, humor, and honesty which have endeared him to his many fans, Cal Ripken, Jr., tells the story of his life, from a childhood spent literally in the chalk dust with a father who was a baseball manager through 15 years of his power-hitting, all-star career with the Baltimore Orioles. Ripken also dissects the dedication to craft it takes to be a shortstop, stands up for what's good--and looks square in the eye what's not so good--about baseball today.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Just as Babe Ruth is credited with restoring confidence in baseball after the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal, so Baltimore Oriole Ripken has been called the man who renewed fans' hopes after the disastrous strike of 1994. He accomplished this on September 6, 1995, by breaking Lou Gehrig's record of 2130 consecutive games played, a momentous occasion that drew even the president and vice-president to the ballpark. But ironically, as Ripken points out, writing with the author of Chapter and Verse, breaking the record was less significant for him than it was for the public and the media. An exceptionally low-key man, Ripken believes simply that baseball is his job and that he should do that job as well and as long as he can. He is candid here about his life in the minors and the friends he made there who never got to the top; about his father, fired by the Orioles after dedicating three decades to the organization; and about present-day players. His is an unusually good sports autobiography that captures the candor and generous spirit of a man who has had diamond greatness thrust upon him.
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This autobiography of all-star shortstop Ripken is infused with family values.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140266269
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.70 (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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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    My book is an ok read for those who don¿t need many ups and do

    My book is an ok read for those who don’t need many ups and downs; it is mostly facts about
    the author’s life. This made the reading a bit stale. The title of my book is,
    The Only Way I Know by Cal Ripken, Jr. Cal takes us back to the starting of his baseball
     career and his days of baseball as a child. He describes how his family was always
     on the move, from this city to that city, for his father’s work of being a triple A baseball coach.
     Ripken also states that even though his father was not always around, he was there for the
    things that matter. Jr’s father knew he wasn't always around, but knew that someday they
    would be together every day in the MLB (Major League Baseball). I give this book three stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Great

    Great. Go orioles!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Awsome

    This book is grate it has taught me alot of things. I would recomend it to basebl fans of any kind:)

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

    A great Baseball book

    Great book about baseball, but also about what makes baseball great. Men of character, and integrity. Gives you an insight into the real world of baseball, but also a look into the work ethic of a man who loved the game. One of my favorite books because of its honesty and simplicity. A must for all sports fans!

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    For Baseball Fans...

    Growing up in Arlington, with the Texas Rangers, I got to see Cal Ripken Jr when the Orioles came thru. His dad was well known in this area, and well respected. As is Cal Jr. What a hard-working, caring guy! One of the most inspirational athletes I've known in my 22 yrs of existence. This book was very motivational, and I would recommend it to any baseball fan, young, old, or in between!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    The inspiring story

    If you like baseball, learning the techniques and fundamentals of the game then this is the book for you. Listening to the all-star Cal Ripkin Jr. talk about what it took for him to reach the top. As he started out as a young boy playing in the backyard with his father and brother learning from his father about the great game, to playing with the Baltimore Orioles. The one thing i did not like so much was the title of the book I think it could have been a little more striking. I liked the fact that the book started at the beginning of Cal's life and all the struggles he had.

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