As spring nears and a new season of baseball begins, it feels like a good time to reflect on the game’s congregation of personalities: the superstitious reliever, the tobacco-spittin’ slugger, the devil-may-care base-stealer, the flamboyant outfielder, the blue-collar catcher, and so on. But for all its variety, the American pastime doesn’t boast many players who you’d want to (or, frankly, would be able to) pen a book for children. Then again, there haven’t been many players like Cal Ripken Jr. Ripken, who transcended mere Baltimorean legend by shattering Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive games played, served as third baseman, shortstop, and hitter par excellence over 21 seasons with the Orioles. Today, he signs copies of the second entry into his Matt Christopheresque “books to inspire young kids with big dreams and mediocre athletic ability” series at Politics & Prose. It’s probably the easiest way to snag your kid an autograph from one of the league’s legends, but we can keep that between the two of us.
Ripken signs copies of his book at 3:30 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. politics-prose.com. (202) 364-1919.