The Longest Season (Hardcover)
Philomel, 9780399244926, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 5, 2007
Even with a 12-0 loss to start the '88 season, Cal Ripken, Jr. had plenty of reasons to love being a Baltimore Oriole. He was playing alongside his brother Bill, and his father, Cal Sr., was managing the team. They'd win the next one. But the Orioles didn't win their next game, or the next, and soon what was supposed to be a dream season for Cal slid into a nightmare of losses no one saw coming.
With brilliant and expressive color paintings from Ron Mazellan, future hall-of-famer Cal Ripken, Jr. shares the ups and downs of the Orioles' record 21-game losing streak, and reflects on the rewards of hard work, regardless of what's on the scoreboard.