STREAK NOTES: CAL TO TIE MARK TONIGHT, MEDIA IN OVERDRIVE
Published September 5, 1995
A sampling of the extensive media coverage surrounding Cal Ripken as he prepares to pass Lou Gehrig this week: TIME and NEWSWEEK feature Ripken in their September 11 issues, with TIME calling him "Ironbird" in its headline (TIME, NEWSWEEK, 9/11 issues)....In L.A., Ross Newhan calls Ripken "the poster child for this, or any other Labor Day." Newhan notes that Ripken will not talk to the press for the next 24 hours (L.A. TIMES, 9/5)....In Baltimore, the Orioles have sold 210 seats at $5,000 a piece for tomorrow night's game. Proceeds go to Johns Hopkins' fight against Lou Gehrig's disease (Baltimore SUN, 9/4)....An ESPN/Chilton Poll shows that 54% of fans asked say that Ripken's streak is "not at all inspiring" them not to miss work. However, 25% say they plan to purchase streak-related material (ESPN/Chilton)....A piece in this morning's PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER asks if Ripken is "Too wholesome a hero?" Subhead: "He's a good guy with good looks, and the Baltimore Orioles shortstop is headed for the record books. So why isn't he a bigger media star?" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/5)....Value of many Ripken cards have doubled since the beginning of last season. Shop owner Don Harrison: "Cal Ripken's like no other player -- maybe ever" (Baltimore SUN, 9/5).