The Iron Men of Baseball: Major League Leaders in Consecutive Games Played, 1876-2005 (Paperback)

The Iron Men of Baseball: Major League Leaders in Consecutive Games Played, 1876-2005 By Marty Friedrich Cover Image

The Iron Men of Baseball: Major League Leaders in Consecutive Games Played, 1876-2005 (Paperback)

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When Cal Ripken, Jr., voluntarily ended his streak of consecutive games played in September 1998, it marked his first day off in more than 16 years. Millions of Americans took note. Having surpassed Lou Gehrig's record 2,130 games played some three years before, Ripken was now popularly known as baseball's "Iron Man," a nickname that recalled Gehrig ("The Iron Horse") and celebrated Ripken as an icon of the great American work ethic.

Since the advent of the National League, 124 men have held the distinction of being the active, major league leader in consecutive games played. This chronologically arranged reference book includes remarkably detailed information about their streaks--the inclusive dates, discussion of the notable games, and streak-specific facts and statistics--as well as discussion of their lives and careers. Among the appendices are lists of season-long streaks, by year; all streaks of 500 or more games; and miscellaneous records relating to consecutive games played.

SABR member Marty Friedrich, is a retired Chief Navy Petty Officer who now works for the United States Postal Service. He lives in Lewiston, New York.
Product Details ISBN: 9780786424313
ISBN-10: 0786424311
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publication Date: July 1st, 2006
Pages: 291
Language: English