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Getting ready for Ripken World Series [Aberdeen]

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It's time to get excited about the Cal Ripken World Series 2013!

In just a few weeks, on Saturday, Aug. 10, everyone is invited to come to downtown Aberdeen for the World Series Parade. Come watch the parade as Aberdeen kicks off the Cal Ripken World Series!

The parade is being held for about 18 teams from different states and countries, to compete in the big baseball event. This is a great celebration of baseball competition for youth around the world.

Now, if you wish to participate, you must be present for line-up at 9:30 a.m. You must report to parade personnel at Saint Joan of Arc Church on the corner of Law and Plater Streets. Traffic must enter staging area by way of Route 40, to Warren Street. If you are dropping off participants in the parade, then proceed as follows: "From Warren Street, turn right on South Rogers Street and Parade Marshals will assist you to your line-up position. Once parade participants are unloaded, continue on to North Rogers Street, crossing West Bel Air Avenue to the parking area behind the Senior Citizens Center."

The parade is to begin at 10:30 a.m. It will be approximately one mile in length, lasting about one hour. The parade will travel on Law Street toward West Bel Air Avenue, making a right turn before turning left at Howard Street, to Festival Park.

These are the instructions on the "Flyer Entry Form." The deadline for return of the entry is July 26 to: City Hall, Attention: Cal Ripken World Series, 60 North Parke Street, Aberdeen, Md. 21001. If you have any questions, please call Caroline at 410-272-5242 or Betty at 410-272-4981.

This is one of Aberdeen's Biggest events of the year! The World will be watching! Be a part of it, and surely you will want to watch!

Baseball has always been important in Aberdeen. Back when Les German pitched for the Baltimore Team in the late 1800's to today's IronBirds and the World Series for the youth of the world.

Of course, the name Ripken memorabilia was recently brought to the museum by Dorothy Litzinger. From March 9, 1987 "Sports Illustrated" is a story of "The Ripken Gang."

From Sept. 8, 1994 "Record" is "Aberdeen Iron Man Ascends to Place in Baseball History."

The "North Bay Today" of October 1995 is a account of "Aberdeen Pays Tribute to Ripken."

From back in September of 1986 in the former newspaper "The Aberdeen Enterprise" is a great story of "The Ripken Children."

The Litzinger collection also includes magazines with stories of other famous families. "People" magazine from summer of 1999 is "JFK, Jr. Life." "American Lifestyles" magazine also did a commemorative article on JFK. "Time" magazine did a 1991 commemorative on "Princess Diana" at the time of her death. "Newsweek" did a commemorative on "Country 5th Anniversary special of five year of country music."

There are two calendars included in the Litzinger collection. An Orioles Team Calendar and a commemorative World War II Calendar. From the collections brought for preservation in the Aberdeen Room, it is obvious how important our world famous figures are to people in all works of life!

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