Baltimore has a new iron man to challenge the former Oriole infielder's record streak of 2,632 consecutive game appearances. Bill Miller, portfolio manager on the Baltimore-based Legg Mason Value Trust fund, leveraged a late-December surge to beat the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index for the 14th consecutive year. The next-longest streak in the industry is half as long.

Not surprisingly, Miller's philosophy for the $11.9 billion Legg Mason Inc. fund is rather Ripkenesque.

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