Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference
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Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference

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Cal Ripken signed book.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Gotham
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Having been a lifelong Cal Ripken Jr. fan, I find that as I get older and continue to see mindless athletes acting out in ignorant ways, my sense of appreciation for having such a great role model as a child continues to grow. As a baseball player, and more importantly as a person, Cal Ripken Jr. is a true class act.

And so it was with disapointment that I found this book to be nothing more than a chamber of typical, oft-heard platitudes, no different from your very average self-help book. Nonet...more
Loved Cal Ripken as a ball player. Enjoyed his book. I have a hard time with books like this when ultra successful people write post success and tell you that great things can happen to anyone who works hard. I tend to agree with Gladwell (see The Tipping Point, Blink, etc) that more than hard work has to line up in your favor. Success is almost a perfect storm of circumstances that line up for a few. Sure, the harder we work, the more probable we are to line up with that perfect storm, but some...more
James Gingerich
"Get in the game. Do the best you can. Try to make a contribution. Learn from the day. Apply it tomorrow." Cal Ripken Sr. 1935-1999

This quote from his father concludes Cal Ripken Jr's book "Get In The Game". A classic book from a class act. Cal Ripken Jr spells out in plain english what it takes to persevere and be a success not just in sports but in business and in life itself.

Ripken outlines in a straighforward manner through eight chapters his eight elements of perseverance that make a diff...more
Mar 21, 2013 Tony added it
The book Get in the Game by Cal Ripken Jr. and Donald T. Phillips is a book based on the life and baseball career of Cal Ripken Jr., who was a shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire 20 years in the MLB. Although there are many baseball references and stories in the book, it is not entirely about baseball. The book talks a lot about courage and self confidence. The book mostly revolves around Ripken’s eight elements of perseverance. This book can sure turn some peoples’ heads about th...more
Jim Serger
Professional baseball, MLB is a job few will ever achieve; but like the business world-- we see that hard work, commitment and sacrifice leads to success. Cal is that beacon we all can use as a tablet to give it our best at all times. He loved the game so much; it led to shattering records--that was not his goal, giving his best and "Get in the Game" motto was. Excellent book, audio book was very clear.
While "Get in the Game" is listed as a self-help/business on the cover, it reads like a mini-autobiography of Cal Ripken, Jr. Ripken, with the assistance of Donald T. Phillips, writes about eight elements that he attributed in not only making a difference in his legendary baseball career but also his successful transition to business. Within each of the eight chapters detailing each element, Ripken shares stories and situations from his early life and baseball career that are examples of the fea...more
Oh, how I wanted to like this book, but it fell a little flat. For one, it needs to pick a genre -- biography or business advice -- rather than trying to do both. The summarized lists of advice seemed unnecessary; as the reader, I can distill those lessons from the text. Secondly, the parenthetical parallels to Lou Gehrig were overused, and, at times, stretches. We get it. There were similarities.

Despite the distractions, this book is an easy read and contains many good lessons. It's just too ba...more
It an interesting book with some valuable lessons which may be applied to any sport, office, or career. The thing I wonder about Ripken, who states over and over he feels he did what was best for his team by playing so many consecutive games, and he did it because he loved baseball so much. So, I wonder, if he played in 3001 career many would he have played in had he taken some rest from time to time? Another Season? Two?...we'll never know.

Reminded me not only why Ripken was one of my favorite players, but why I loved baseball as a kid. The scene of Cal breaking the consecutive games record truly moved me! I do wish the book hadn't been mixed with odd self-help/business elements.
Ben Stevenson
Cal Ripken Jr. is the icon of pushing yourself to new limits. The ultimate iron man.
Matthew Gutierrez
Solid book to learn from. I agreed with most of what Cal had to say, and I really have come to admire him.
A very easy book to read and something you could pick up just once a week and get a lot out of.
I recommend it because of its lessons.
Any day I don't feel like getting out of bed and getting to work, I think of Cal. Never missed a day. Very motivating although I'm not generally a self-help type of reader, I think every kid today should read this book!
Mar 20, 2010 Michelle marked it as to-read
I may never read this book. Bought it and stood in line for 2 hours waiting for an autograph for my husband's Christmas present. I got right up to the door and they sent us away. I cried.
Nathan Kemp
It kind of surprised me that Ripken is such a prick. I mean, he seems like a nice enough fellow, but he definitely lets the reader know that he thinks his way of life is THE right way.
I am a huge Cal Ripken fan. It was nice to read this book and see what he went through to get to 2131 and eventually 2632. The way he applies baseball to life worked out nice.
Anyone who likes baseball or who has kids who like sports, I would recommend this book, to both the parents and kids! Interesting stories and good life lessons for my 9yr.
What an excellent book for young adults who a seeking a role model! Cal signed our copy and we found him to be just as authentic as the voice in his book!
It felt a little to much like a last tribute to himself, but I do love baseball so I'm giving Cal the benefit of the doubt here.
Jen Schroeder
Sep 05, 2007 Jen Schroeder marked it as to-read
Not a true baseball fan, but from what I know of Carl Ripken, this sounds interesting. From a Newsweek article, I think.
You would probably have to be a baseball fan to ennoy this one
Great book. Cal Ripken Jr. is a great guy and was a great ball player
Gina Herald
Totally admire Cal Ripken Jr and what he accomplished.
Good comparisons between baseball and life
All star book from All star player
Nov 06, 2008 Cws added it
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Cal Ripken, Jr. was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire career (1981-2001). Nicknamed “The Iron Man” for his relentless work ethic and reliability on the field, Ripken is most remembered for playing a record 2,632 straight games over 17 seasons. He was a 19-time All Star and is considered to be one of the best shortstops professional baseball has ever seen. In 20...more
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