Orioles' 'Iron Man' is now in bronze, too Ripken monument unveiled outside Aberdeen museum

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A few people left yesterday's Opening Day game a little early to attend the unveiling of a bronze monument to the "Iron Man."

A ceremony was held last evening at the Ripken Museum in Aberdeen to unveil a 915-pound statue of Orioles third baseman vTC Cal Ripken Jr. Three generations of the Ripken family, including his mother and father, were on hand along with Gov. Parris N. Glendening and local politicians as residents got their first look at the monument.

Sculpted by Baltimore artist Susan Luery, the statue -- which is slightly over 9 feet tall -- shows Ripken standing with one hand raised and one hand resting on his hip. Jim McMahan, president of the museum, said the monument stands as a testament to the generosity of Ripken. In cooperation with the Tufton Group Inc., which handles his business affairs, Ripken paid for the statue valued at over $100,000.

"I'm tremendously grateful that Cal saw fit to want to put it in his hometown, especially in the front lawn of our museum," said McMahan. "It's another instance of Cal's incredible outreach to the community."

The museum, which opened last December, is at 8 Ripken Plaza in the city office building.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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