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“On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken, Jr., broke the baseball record that many believed would never be broken: Lou Gehrig’s iron-man feat of playing in 2,131 consecutive games. Ripken gives much of the credit for his accomplishments to the example and teaching of his father Cal Ripken, Sr., who played minor league baseball, and coached and managed for the Orioles.”


“During the 1996 season Ripken, Sr., was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame. After he gave his acceptance speech, the son came to the microphone, an emotional moment recalled in his book The Only Way I Know:”


“It was difficult. I wasn’t certain I could say what I wanted about my father and what he means to me. So I told a little story about my two children, Rachel, six at the time, and Ryan, then three. They’d been bickering for weeks, and I explained how one day I heard Rachel taunt Ryan, ‘You’re just trying to be like Daddy.’”


“After a few moments of indecision, I asked Rachel, ‘What’s wrong with trying to be like Dad?’”


“When I finished telling the story, I looked at my father and added, ‘That’s what I’ve always tried to do’” (Larson, p. 136).

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