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Cal Ripken's farewell tour

Chicago White Sox, June 29 - July 1
At a ceremony including former teammate Harold Baines, former Oriole GM Roland Hemond and a video tribute, Ripken was presented with a seat from old Comiskey Park and a vial of dirt from shortstop at old Comiskey.

All-Star Game, July 10
Commissioner Bud Selig presented Ripken and Tony Gwynn with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award during a mid-game ceremony. Ripken also won the game's MVP award after hitting a home run.

Atlanta Braves, July 12-14
The Braves gave Ripken a $10,000 donation to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Former teammate B.J. Surhoff and Chipper Jones, on behalf of the team, presented him with a plaque commemorating his six hits at Turner Field in July 1999.

Florida Marlins, July 15-17
The ceremony included former Orioles manager Earl Weaver and future Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. The Marlins presented Ripken with framed pictures of the 1979 Miami Orioles (Cal's minor league team) and the 1967 Miami Marlins (managed by Cal Ripken Sr.) as well as a $5,000 contribution to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

Texas Rangers, July 24-26
The Rangers "retired" Ripken's locker in the visitor's clubhouse. Former Orioles and Rangers manager Johnny Oates and former Orioles assistant GM and current Texas GM Doug Melvin participated in the ceremony to unveil a plaque above the locker. Ex-teammate Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan and Alex Rodriguez and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan joined an on-field presentation to give Ripken cowboy boots, a signed Ripken Rangers jersey and a $15,000 donation to his youth baseball project.

Anaheim, July 27-29
The Angels presented Ripken a $10,000 check to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, two framed sets of commemorative tickets used for the series and a crystal trophy. Ripken also met 11-year-old Drew Nilson during batting practice. Nilson has undergone four heart operations. Ripken left the family tickets and signed several pieces of memorabilia for his young fan. Ripken and his family were part of a parade in Disneyland as well.

Kansas City Royals, Aug. 6-9
The Royals showed a video tribute for Ripken, then presented him with a $15,000 donation to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and a piece of original artwork.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Aug. 21-23
Ripken threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the final game in the 3-game series at Tropicana Field. The Devil Rays honored Ripken with a video tribute and a painting. The team also donated $5,000 to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Basketball announcer and Devil Rays season ticket holder Dick Vitale presented Ripken with a year's supply of Florida stone crabs.

Oakland A's, Sept. 3-5
The A's honored Ripken all three nights of the series. Monday they distributed replicas of Ripken's rookie card and installed commemorative bases and on-deck circles. Tuesday they gave out a replica card honoring Ripken's consecutive-games streak. Before Wednesday's game was Cal Ripken Jr. Day, where the A's and city of Oakland dedicated an inner-city baseball field in Ripken's name. He was also given a gift from Silver Oak Winery in Napa, Calif.

Seattle Mariners, Sept. 7-9
Mariners manager Lou Piniella presented Ripken with a white Seattle jersey with his No. 8 signed by the Mariners players. Each Seattle player shook his hand, and the fans gave him a long standing ovation. A plaque in his honor was hung in the visitor's bullpen near where his July 10 home run landed. Ripken was joined by wife Kelly and children Rachel and Ryan.

Toronto Blue Jays, Sept. 18-20
The Blue Jays presented Ripken with a $5,000 check to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation as well as tributes from manager Buck Martinez, chairman Paul Godfrey and general manager Gord Ash. They also gave him a painting of him and Lou Gehrig, and a Blue Jays No. 8 Ripken jersey.

Boston Red Sox, Sept. 24-27
In a ceremony with general manager Dan Duquette, Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk and former Red Sox and Oriole Dwight Evans, Ripken was given a dark green No. 8 Fenway Park box seat, an original oil painting of Fenway Park and a check for $20,000 for the Cal Ripken division of Babe Ruth baseball.

New York Yankees, Sept. 28-30
The pregame tribute, just off the dirt behind home plate, included Yankee manager Joe Torre giving Ripken’s wife, Kelly, a dozen long-stemmed pink roses, and former Yankees All-Star Don Mattingly presenting Ripken with a pin commemorating his last game in the city.Ripken also was given an enlarged and framed copy of the commemorative ticket each fan was given at the stadium. Reading “Farewell Cal Ripken,” the tickets have black-and-white pictures of Ripken and Lou Gehrig. Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun

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