For 21 seasons, Cal Ripken Jr. brought not only an unparalleled work ethic to the Baltimore Orioles, but power at the plate as well as defensive grace in the field.
Known as the game’s Iron Man, he broke Lou Gehrig’s 2,130 consecutive games streak in September 1995. Three years later, he voluntarily ended his streak at 2,632 games — a record many analysts believe will remain unbroken.
Throughout his career, he racked up many impressive honors, including 1982 American League Rookie of the Year, 1983 AL Most Valuable Player, two Gold Glove awards, 19 All-Star Game selections, eight Silver Slugger awards and a World Series championship with the Orioles in 1983. Named to the All-Century team, Ripken was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 in his first year of eligibility.
Since retiring from the game in 2001, Ripken has made giving back to the baseball community his mission. He serves as chairman and CEO of Ripken Baseball which provides camps, tournaments and player development opportunities to youth throughout the East Coast.
He and his brother, Bill, created The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation in honor of their father. The nonprofit provides programs across the country for at-risk youth as well as partners with communities to build Youth Development Parks. These facilities are designed to serve as outdoor classrooms to provide youth in need with recreational, educational and athletic experiences.
He has also authored several best-selling books including last year’s “Just Show Up: And Other Enduring Values From Baseball’s Iron Man,” a children’s book “The Longest Season,” and a series of baseball-themed novels for middle-school kids.
He has also authored several best-selling books including last year’s “Just Show Up: And Other Enduring Values From Baseball’s Iron Man,” a children’s book “The Longest Season,” and a series of baseball-themed novels for middle school kids.