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The fascinating story of baseball's most legendary "Iron Men", Cal Ripken Jr. and Lou Gehrig, who each achieved the coveted and sometimes confounding record of most consecutive games played.

When Cal Ripken Jr. began his career with the Baltimore Orioles at age 21, he had no idea he'd beat the historic record of playing 2,130 games in a row set by Lou Gehrig, the fabled "Iron Horse" of the New York Yankees. When Ripken beat that record by 502 games, the baseball world was floored. Few feats in sports history have generated more acclaim. But the record spawns an array of questions. Was his streak or Gehrig's the more difficult achievement? Who owned the record before Gehrig? When did someone first think it was a good idea to play in so many games without taking a day off? Through probing research, meticulous analysis, and colorful parallel storytelling, The Streak delves into this impressive but controversial milestone, unraveling Gehrig's at times unwitting pursuit of that goal and Ripken's fierce determination to play the game his way. Along the way Eisenberg dives deep into the history of the record and offers a portrait of the pastime in different eras, going back more than a century. The question looms: Was it harder for Ripken or Gehrig to play every day for so long? The length of seasons, the number of teams in the major leagues, the inclusion of nonwhite players, travel, technology, and even media are all part of the equation. Larger than all of this, however, is a book that captures the deeply American appreciation - as seen in the sport itself - for that workaday mentality and that desire to be there for the game they love, the job they are paid to do.

©2017 John Eisenberg (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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The Comparative Streaks of Gehrig and Ripken

A creative author analyzes the history of consecutive games played streaks going back to pre Gehrig decades and the vicissitudes of Cal Ripken's pursuit which shattered the Yankee Iron Horse record.

Both Gehrig and Ripken are commended for playing through injuries and never missing a game at a level only these two Hall of Famers could reach.

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  • 06-21-18

Never missed a day

Much like Gehrig and Ripken, I found myself wanting to (press) play every day with Eisenberg's superb retrospective on baseball's ironmen on my headphones. Baseball is ruled by statistics, but, while they are clearly at the core of The Streak, this is much more - sporting history as it should be told. After almost 14 hours spent with Eisenberg (and narrator Kyle McCarley whose performance is pitch perfect) I'm left feeling that I know the protagonists personally - and have a better understanding of what made them tick. I often find sports history a hard read/listen, but this was simply brilliant. If you have any interest at all in baseball history then I would recommend this book in a heartbeat.