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McCormick, Old Bay to celebrate 2,131

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Sparks-based McCormick & Company announced the release of a limited edition Old Bay seasoning can Monday in honor of the 20th anniversary celebration of Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played record. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each can will benefit the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, a national nonprofit providing baseball/softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America’s most distressed communities.

Old Bay 2131 Can Small“Old Bay is proud to call Baltimore home and even prouder of the home teams and players that bring us together,” said Raj Nar, Old Bay’s business director. “We’re excited to celebrate Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,131 anniversary while supporting the important work the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation does for youth across the country.”

Only 48,000 cans will be produced; the bottom of each can will be numbered for collectability. Cans will be available in stores across the mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina beginning the week of Aug. 17.

“Old Bay is as synonymous to the Baltimore landscape as Cal Ripken Jr.,” said Steve Salem, president of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. “We are thrilled to partner with such an iconic brand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘The Streak,’ while also creating opportunities for consumers to help impact underserved kids locally and throughout the United States.”

Fans are encouraged to celebrate the 20th anniversary with Old Bay and the Ripken Foundation by following along with the hashtag #OLDBAY2131 for a chance to win a Cal Ripken signed commemorative can.

For the last 14 years, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation has worked to implement youth development programs that directly address the problems facing at-risk youth in distressed circumstances across the country. Inspired by one of the most iconic baseball families, the Ripkens created the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to honor the legacy of its family patriarch, longtime coach and mentor, Cal Ripken Sr. The Ripken Foundation use sports-themed programs to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 8 to 14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills.

In addition, the Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park Initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multi-purpose, synthetic surface fields that promote healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. In just four years, the Ripken Foundation has created 49 completed parks (8 of which are Ability Fields for children with Special Needs) in 15 different states, helping more than 220,000 kids annually. In 2015, the Ripken Foundation aims to help more than 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Parks and programs.