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Solitary Man
Tom Verducci
June 28, 1993
It's a long, lonely haul to Lou Gehrig's record for besieged Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken Jr.
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June 28, 1993

Solitary Man

It's a long, lonely haul to Lou Gehrig's record for besieged Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken Jr.

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He and the streak—as inseparable as a man and his shadow—survived another week, albeit a rather hazardous one. "Now I can understand the perception of the public toward the streak," he says. "My wife looked so sad. She thought it was so important to me I'd play an inning just to keep it going. That would be selfish, and I wouldn't do it. If my own wife, the person who I'm closest to and knows me best, doesn't know that, how can I expect anyone else to know it?"

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