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 ...Read MoreWith 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. of color photos.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1997-06-02 In 1994, the editor of London's Sunday Telegraph asked the actor Sir Alec Guinness to keep a diary for a year or two. Collected here, the entries run from January 1995 to June 1996. For the most part, they're surprisingly ordinary, the pleasantly grumpy ruminations of an articulate and self-deprecating British retiree: haggling with British Rail over his senior citizen discount, playing the National Lottery (and winning ten quid), getting fitted for hearing aids, registering horror at the atrocities on the nightly news, watching films on the telly (Strictly Ballroom is a favorite). There are affectionate sketches of his dogs, rather too much about the weather and a few British references that are likely to befuddle American readers. But in nearly every entry there is a flash of wit or of the powers of observation that have made Guinness one of the great actors of the century (a lorry lying on its side resembles "some vast, incapacitated woodlouse"). There is little about his careeræthough it's clear he's sick to death of Star Warsæbut occasionally Guinness indulges his great gift as a theatrical raconteur, which made his 1985 memoir Blessings in Disguise such a delight, and his incidental thoughts on Shakespeare display a working actor's lifetime of experience. An undercurrent of melancholy runs throughout the book, as Guinness notes the deaths of lifelong friends, his wife's declining health and his own fading powers as a man and performer. The mix of wit, sentiment and quotidian detail makes for an engaging, if not very substantial, read. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1997-03-17 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. Color photos, not seen by PW. 200,000 first printing; $200,000 ad/promo; author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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