Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun
July 19, 1991
Cal Ripken was The Sun's Marylander of the Year in 1991 after a season in which he was the All-Star game MVP, American League MVP and Sporting News and AP Player of the Year. And he won a Gold Glove. Oh, and he and his wife raised another $200,000 for an adult literacy charity they had started two years before. "Players can have great years, and good careers, without making the leap to legendhood. (Roger Maris, for example, is not in the Hall of Fame.) For those few who manage to make the leap, it is even rarer when you can point to one transcendent season and say: This is the year it happened. It happened in 1991 for Cal Ripken because he added a brilliant season to a career in which he has demonstrated amazing consistency on the field and admirable citizenship off it."