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Iron Man Hits Up Chicago

By Marcus Gilmer in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 18, 2008 7:39PM

2008_04_ripken.jpgNo, not that Iron Man. Proving the Cubs aren't the only day baseball game in town, baseball great and first ballot Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. will be in town next Wednesday to promote the paperback release of his book, Get in the Game: Eight Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference. Just a warning, though: this is not a baseball memoir, but rather more of a self-help book. No matter, as he is one of the greatest shortstops of all time, so we're already busy scheduling our lunch break for his appearance. We're lucky enough to count Cal as one of the greats we got to see in person and we also remember his most memorable brush with a White Sox player at the 1996 All-Star Game photo shoot. Cal also made minor waves this week by obliquely shooting down an urban legend about him, his wife, and Kevin Costner during an NPR interview (story starts at 23:47). Our mom always liked him better than his rapscallion brother, Billy. Good times.

Cal Ripken, Jr., Wednesday, April 23, 12:30 p.m., Borders, 150 N. State St., Free. Call 312-606-0750 for more information.