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Scott Brosius
A few chinks develop in armor of Iron Man

Sixteenth of a series recounting Cal Ripken's 20 full major-league seasons. The 1997 season brought a confession from Cal Ripken. It came in Oakland before an early August game, and it illustrated just how deeply the dents had begun to form in baseball's Iron Man. "He told me, 'I can play like this for one more month. I don't think I can play with this for three more months,' " recalled outfielder Brady Anderson, Ripken's best friend on the team. "But he grinded it out." Ripken's back flared up while charging a slow roller by Oakland's Scott Brosius in the first inning. He stayed in the game, collecting a single in his next at-bat, and...