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Cal Ripken, Jr. : my story
Gutman, Dan.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [1999]

Physical Description:
113 pages 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Tells, in his own words, the story of the personal life and baseball career of the star player for the Baltimore Orioles, Cal Ripken.
General Note:
Adaptation of: The only way I know / Cal Ripken, Jr. and Mike Bryan. 1997.
Reading Level:
790 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 4.0 27081.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.3 7 Quiz: 24451.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Clarence Library GV865.R47 G89 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Clearfield Library GV865.R47 G89 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Eden Library GV865.R47 G89 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Williamsville Library GV865.R47 G89 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library GV865.R47 G89 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Audubon Library GV865.R47 G89 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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For readers aged 8-12, this adaptation by popular children's sports writer Dan Gutman traces Cal Ripken's life from his childhood in a baseball family to his rise through the minors to his career with the Baltimore Orioles, where he hasn't missed a game since 1982. Ripken's reflections on the fame that came when he broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutively played games will be of special interest to young readers, as will his thoughts on the game -- breaking a slump, the importance of knowing the basics, and more. Cal Ripken, Jr.: My Story contains the complete 16-page photo insert from The Only Way I Know.

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-7. In this adaptation of Ripken's autobiography, The Only Way I Know (1997), Ripken recounts events from his childhood, his years in the minors, and his career as a major league shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. Throughout, he comes across as a decent human being who appreciates the advantages he's had and wants to spend his life working hard every day at a job he enjoys--playing baseball. He also reveals a deep sense of family: working for his father, Cal Sr., playing on the Orioles with his brother Billy, and shielding his wife and children from the glare of publicity. Gutman's adaptation remains true to the content and style of the original and reads smoothly enough to make it of interest to general readers as well as rabid baseball fans. Illustrated with two sections of clear, mostly color photos (reprinted from the original book), this should appeal to a wide range of readers. --Kay Weisman

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