This week’s conversation is with Cal Ripken Jr., baseball’s all-time Iron Man.
Cal retired from baseball in October, 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.
Although he began and finished his career at third base, Cal is still best known for redefining the position of shortstop.
On July 29, 2007 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cal received the 4th highest percentage of votes in history, collecting the second highest vote total ever by the BBWAA.
His name appears in the record books repeatedly – he’s one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits.
But most notably Cal broke Lou Gehrig’s Major League record for consecutive games played (2,130) playing 2,632 consecutive games before he voluntarily ended the streak.
Think about that for a second – that’s 16 years straight without missing a game.
Imagine not missing a day of work for 16 years… imagine the willpower, the mental fortitude required to keep at it.
We get into that in this conversation.
Cal shares some amazing stories from his career to help illustrate what was really going through his mind during “The Streak,” why he had such a high standard of excellence and cared so deeply about playing the game the right way.
We touch on focus, resiliency, motivation, pressure and more…
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