Sun In-Depth: Cal Ripken Jr.


Mini Bio: With his dogged march to become baseball’s Iron Man, Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken captured the imagination of baseball fans everywhere as the sport tried to recover from a work stoppage that wiped out the 1994 World Series. But Ripken had already been a cherished son to Baltimore fans for many years when he broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games record on Sept. 6, 1995.

Raised in Harford County, Ripken was the son of longtime Orioles coach Cal Ripken Sr. He grew up around the team that would draft him. Ripken burst on the major league scene, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 1982 and claiming the American League MVP in 1983, when he caught the last out in his only World Series.

Even as the club’s fortunes diminished, Ripken remained one of the game’s most respected players, winning another MVP in 1991, finishing his career with more than 3,000 hits and entering the Hall of Fame with one of the highest voting percentages ever in 2007. With his stadium complex in Aberdeen and numerous business interest related to baseball, Ripken remains one of Baltimore’s favorite sports figures more than a decade after he retired from the Orioles.

Born: Aug. 24, 1960, in Harve De Grace, Md.

Professional: Shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, 1981-2001


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Cal Ripken to address University of Maryland grads

University of Maryland, College Park students can expect a home run from their spring graduation speaker.

Ripken to be spokesman for mortgage lender

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Bound and abducted in her own vehicle, Violet Ripken was gone for 12 hours before her disappearance was reported to authorities. And amid an intensive search, she was quietly dropped off by her kidnapper on her secluded Harford County street.

One-on-One with Peter Schmuck: Cal Ripken Jr.

It's hard to believe, but the fresh-faced kid who burst into the Orioles lineup in 1982, caught the final out of the World Series in 1983 and broke Lou Gehrig's supposedly unbreakable consecutive games record in 1995 has reached the half-century mark. Cal Ripken Jr. turns 50 today, so we thought it was a perfect time to sit down with him and talk about his great career, his reaction to the Big 5-0 and his plans for the future....

Birds of a feather: Ripken took shot on Derby winner

Generally, you're not going to find a good rationale for betting a 50-1 long shot in the Daily Racing Form, so the bettors who laid down their hard-earned cash on Mine That Bird to win the Kentucky Derby probably had their own reasons.

Ripken Baseball, Under Armour to form partnership

Two of the best-known sports brands in Maryland - Ripken Baseball Inc. and Under Armour - are forming a business alliance that will be unveiled at a news conference Wednesday at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.

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The Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards today announced that it will host an exclusive event on Feb. 4 with Baltimore Orioles legends and Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray.

Faceoff: Which Sportsman of the Year was more deserving, Phelps ('08) or Ripken ('95)?

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Ripken to make second trip as U.S. envoy

After a 21-year major league baseball career that took him from Baltimore to Cooperstown, Cal Ripken Jr. says he's still amazed at where the sport continues to lead him.

Ripken to visit South Africa in envoy role

Cal Ripken Jr.'s personal mission to teach baseball to children around the world will continue next spring, when the Hall of Fame Oriole and other Ripken Baseball representatives visit South Africa.

He's at the Wall

Cal Ripken Jr. has been to Yankee Stadium, built in 1923, renovated in 1976.

Baseball still trying to get to first base in China

Han Jichao is 12 years old, and he has been playing baseball for two years. He has already been spotted by Major League Baseball officials, who've taken note of his raw talent and tireless work ethic. Hard work and dedication, Han says, are what it will take for him to someday realize his dream and play in the majors.

Iron envoy takes the field in China

Diplomacy, apparently, has no dress code.

Long fly lands half a world away

Earlier, whisking nearly 600 mph thousands of feet above Siberia, an airline crew member recognized the flight's most famous passenger. He pulled Cal Ripken Jr. aside, into the service area of the plane and asked for an autograph.