To Our Readers, Sep. 11, 1995

It's hard to imagine anyone better suited than senior writer Steve Wulf to profile Cal Ripken Jr. on the eve of the Orioles star's coronation as baseball's all-time king of endurance. Like his subject, Wulf has more than a passing familiarity with stamina. Wulf produced more than 500 stories during his 17 years at our sister publication SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. And though he has written on basketball, football, sailing and golf since coming to TIME last January (not to mention children's TV and the Susan Smith murder case), the game he has always been most passionate about is baseball.

Wulf's office, in...

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