Baseball Legend & “Iron Man”
Baseball’s “Iron Man,” Cal Ripken Jr. broke several professional baseball records during his 21 seasons, but none is as sacred as his consecutive-games-played record. Shattering Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,131 games by more than 500, Ripken displayed perseverance, endurance, and an everyday work ethic that endeared him to fans, transformed him into a national icon—and some argue, even saved baseball at its darkest moment. He is the author of 2004’s Play Baseball the Ripken Way, 2006’s Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way: Ensuring the Best Experience for Your Kids in Any Sport, and Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference, released in 2007.
As a celebrity and sports speaker, Cal Ripken Jr. is the personification of leadership, commitment, and excellence. In a warm and witty presentation filled with stories from his illustrious career, he shows how these keys to his baseball success apply to the business world. He recounts lessons learned in both victory and defeat, and insights given to him by family members and Hall of Fame competitors alike. One of the most popular athletes of his generation, Ripken’s example inspires audience members of all ages to achieve their own brand of success.