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Vi Ripken through the years | PHOTOS

Vi Ripken, center, after throwing out the first ever ceremonial first pitch at Ripken Stadium, is greeted by sons Billy Ripken, left, and Cal Ripken.

Vi Ripken through the years | PHOTOS

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Vi Ripken was the mother of Cal and Bill Ripken.
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Vi Ripken, center, after throwing out the first ever ceremonial first pitch at Ripken Stadium, is greeted by sons Billy Ripken, left, and Cal Ripken.
Vi Ripken, center, after throwing out the first ever ceremonial first pitch at Ripken Stadium, is greeted by sons Billy Ripken, left, and Cal Ripken.
Cal Ripken World Series 2016
Vi Ripken smiles as she waits on the field next to a Hickory player to present awards following Thursday's U.S. semifinal game at the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberedeen. The Harford County team was eliminated by Honolulu, Hawaii, 13-3, in four innings.
Vi Ripken smiles as she waits on the field next to a Hickory player to present awards following Thursday's U.S. semifinal game at the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberedeen. The Harford County team was eliminated by Honolulu, Hawaii, 13-3, in four innings. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)
Violet Ripken
Vi Ripken, mother of Cal and Bill Ripken, at the 2009 Cal Ripken World Series on Aug. 14, 2009.
Vi Ripken, mother of Cal and Bill Ripken, at the 2009 Cal Ripken World Series on Aug. 14, 2009. (Karl Merton Ferron)
Miracle League of Harford County field
Vi Ripken left, was among the many folks in attendance to show her support along with the Ripken Foundation during Tuesday afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony for the Miracle League of Harford County field at the Shucks Road Regional Park Tuesday afternoon.
Vi Ripken left, was among the many folks in attendance to show her support along with the Ripken Foundation during Tuesday afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony for the Miracle League of Harford County field at the Shucks Road Regional Park Tuesday afternoon. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)
Mom and son
Cal Ripken Jr. and his mother Vi Ripken at the press conference the The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation held to discuss a $30M Capital Campaign for continued growth of Youth Development Park initiative. The press conference was held at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.
Cal Ripken Jr. and his mother Vi Ripken at the press conference the The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation held to discuss a $30M Capital Campaign for continued growth of Youth Development Park initiative. The press conference was held at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)
Cal Ripken Jr. and his mom, Vi
Cal Ripken Jr. and his mother Vi Ripken at the press conference the The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation held to discuss a $30M Capital Campaign for continued growth of Youth Development Park initiative. The press conference was held at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.
Cal Ripken Jr. and his mother Vi Ripken at the press conference the The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation held to discuss a $30M Capital Campaign for continued growth of Youth Development Park initiative. The press conference was held at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun photo)
Vi Ripken Field dedication
Members of the Ripken Family stand with young people from the Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen and club officials during Monday afternoon's dedication of Vi Ripken Field at Ollie's Bargain Outel Park.
Members of the Ripken Family stand with young people from the Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen and club officials during Monday afternoon's dedication of Vi Ripken Field at Ollie's Bargain Outel Park. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Mario meets the board
Vi Ripken, Susie Mabe and Linda Grimes, who are board members for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, pose with Mario Lopez. Actor Lopez visits the Boys and Girls Club in Edgewood where he met with kids and also filmed local and national commercials for the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Vi Ripken, Susie Mabe and Linda Grimes, who are board members for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, pose with Mario Lopez. Actor Lopez visits the Boys and Girls Club in Edgewood where he met with kids and also filmed local and national commercials for the Boys and Girls Clubs. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)
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Vi Ripken, mother of Billy and Cal Ripken
Vi Ripken, mother of Billy and Cal Ripken (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)
Vi Ripken abuduction
Vi Ripken throws out the first pitch for the IronBirds Opening Day game against the Hudson Valley Renegades on June 21st.
Vi Ripken throws out the first pitch for the IronBirds Opening Day game against the Hudson Valley Renegades on June 21st. (PHOTO BY NICOLE MUNCHEL | AEGIS STAFF)
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Vi Ripken glares at her son Bill Ripken who plops a glove on her head at the 2009 Cal Ripken World Series.
Vi Ripken glares at her son Bill Ripken who plops a glove on her head at the 2009 Cal Ripken World Series. (Karl Merton Ferron)
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Shown is Vi Ripken, with actor John Travolta in the background during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech of Cal Ripken, Jr. Sunday in Cooperstown, NY.
Shown is Vi Ripken, with actor John Travolta in the background during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech of Cal Ripken, Jr. Sunday in Cooperstown, NY. (Gene Sweeney Jr.)
Vi Ripken
Vi Ripken shares a laugh with her grandson Ryan Ripken as Rachel sits nearby. They were enjoying the ceremonies celebrating Cal Ripken's last Game.
Vi Ripken shares a laugh with her grandson Ryan Ripken as Rachel sits nearby. They were enjoying the ceremonies celebrating Cal Ripken's last Game. (Karl Merton Ferron)
Vi Ripken
The Cal Ripken Museum unveiled the Ripken Statue designed by Susan Luery. The Ceremony was held today with Cal in absentia. Above Vi Ripken looks up at her son's bronze likeness.
The Cal Ripken Museum unveiled the Ripken Statue designed by Susan Luery. The Ceremony was held today with Cal in absentia. Above Vi Ripken looks up at her son's bronze likeness. (Hillery Smith)
Vi Ripken
First game of the Aberdeen Ironbirds at Ripken Stadium. Vi Ripken, center, warms up for her ceremonial first pitch as son Billy Ripken, right, gives her some pointers in baseball throwing.
First game of the Aberdeen Ironbirds at Ripken Stadium. Vi Ripken, center, warms up for her ceremonial first pitch as son Billy Ripken, right, gives her some pointers in baseball throwing. (Kenneth K. Lam)
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"Ferrous" the mascot of the Ripken Ironbirds greets Vi Ripken, along with Bill and Cal Ripken before the start of the parade welcoming the teams from around the world to Aberdeen for the Cal Ripen World Series in 2003.
"Ferrous" the mascot of the Ripken Ironbirds greets Vi Ripken, along with Bill and Cal Ripken before the start of the parade welcoming the teams from around the world to Aberdeen for the Cal Ripen World Series in 2003. (Gene Sweeney Jr.)
Vi and Cal Ripken during his final game.
Cal Ripken chats with his mother prior to the start of the festivities celebrating his last game.
Cal Ripken chats with his mother prior to the start of the festivities celebrating his last game. (Sun photo Kenneth K. Lam)
Vi Ripken
In 2001, Cal Ripken along with his mother Vi (right) reads the plaque dedicated to his father Cal Ripken Sr. that has been placed in the Oriole dugout.
In 2001, Cal Ripken along with his mother Vi (right) reads the plaque dedicated to his father Cal Ripken Sr. that has been placed in the Oriole dugout. (Kenneth K. Lam)
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In 2001, Cal Ripken comforts his mother as they walk to the dugout for a ceremony to unveil a plaque with Cal Ripken Sr. name on it. In the background is a portrait of Cal Sr., done by a famous artist, that was a gift from Peter Angelos.
In 2001, Cal Ripken comforts his mother as they walk to the dugout for a ceremony to unveil a plaque with Cal Ripken Sr. name on it. In the background is a portrait of Cal Sr., done by a famous artist, that was a gift from Peter Angelos. (Karl Merton Ferron)
Vi Ripken
In 1995, Jim McMahan Jr. (left) from Aberdeen radio WAMD, Cal Ripken Sr., Vi Ripken and Charles Boutin, mayor of Aberdeen, hold a few articles of memorabilia which will be donated to the Ripken museum.
In 1995, Jim McMahan Jr. (left) from Aberdeen radio WAMD, Cal Ripken Sr., Vi Ripken and Charles Boutin, mayor of Aberdeen, hold a few articles of memorabilia which will be donated to the Ripken museum. (Lloyd Fox)
Vi Ripken and family
Vi Ripken, Cal Jr. and Cal Sr. during the post game ceremony honoring Cal Jr.'s breaking of the consecutive game streak in 1995.
Vi Ripken, Cal Jr. and Cal Sr. during the post game ceremony honoring Cal Jr.'s breaking of the consecutive game streak in 1995. (Gene Sweeney Jr., The Baltimore Sun)
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In 1996, Cal Ripken, Sr. and his wife Vi chat with their son Cal Ripken, Jr. before the start of their game against the World Champion Atlanta Braves at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.
In 1996, Cal Ripken, Sr. and his wife Vi chat with their son Cal Ripken, Jr. before the start of their game against the World Champion Atlanta Braves at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. (Karl Merton Ferron)
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Bill Ripken motions with a baseball as Cal Ripken hugs their mother Vi Ripken at the 2009 Cal Ripken World Series.
Bill Ripken motions with a baseball as Cal Ripken hugs their mother Vi Ripken at the 2009 Cal Ripken World Series. (Karl Merton Ferron)
Vi Ripken
During the first game of the Aberdeen Ironbirds at Ripken Stadium in 2002, Vi Ripken, (center) lines up the first ever ceremonial first pitch. Her son Cal Ripken Jr. (right) introduced her to the crowd.
During the first game of the Aberdeen Ironbirds at Ripken Stadium in 2002, Vi Ripken, (center) lines up the first ever ceremonial first pitch. Her son Cal Ripken Jr. (right) introduced her to the crowd.
Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Aspire Gala
Vi Ripken smiles during the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation (CRSF) 12th annual Aspire Gala, honoring U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, former Baltimore Raven Ed Reed and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre.
Vi Ripken smiles during the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation (CRSF) 12th annual Aspire Gala, honoring U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, former Baltimore Raven Ed Reed and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)
Aberdeen Christmas Parade
Parade Grand Marshal Vi Ripken waves to the folks lining West Bel Air Avenue during Aberdeen's Christmas Street parade Saturday afternoon.
Parade Grand Marshal Vi Ripken waves to the folks lining West Bel Air Avenue during Aberdeen's Christmas Street parade Saturday afternoon. (MATT BUTTON/THE AEGIS / Baltimore Sun)
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Vi Ripken at the ceremonies for the unveiling of the bronze sculpture of her son, Cal Ripken, Jr.
Vi Ripken at the ceremonies for the unveiling of the bronze sculpture of her son, Cal Ripken, Jr. (Gene Sweeney Jr.)
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Cal Ripken, Sr. and his wife, Vi, pose for a photo in 1995.
Cal Ripken, Sr. and his wife, Vi, pose for a photo in 1995. (Lloyd Fox)
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Cal Ripken, Sr. and his wife, Vi, pose for a photo for The Baltimore Sun in 1995.
Cal Ripken, Sr. and his wife, Vi, pose for a photo for The Baltimore Sun in 1995. (Lloyd Fox)
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In 1995, Cal Ripken Sr. and his wife, Vi Ripken, play bumper pool in their den.
In 1995, Cal Ripken Sr. and his wife, Vi Ripken, play bumper pool in their den. (Lloyd Fox)
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The Ripken family pose for a photo in 1995. Show here are: Fred Ripken (left), Vi Ripken, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Elly Ripken.
The Ripken family pose for a photo in 1995. Show here are: Fred Ripken (left), Vi Ripken, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Elly Ripken. (Lloyd Fox)
Vi Ripken
Special Olympics held a private reception prior to the start of the opening ceremonies at Towson State University in 1997. Pictured are Vi Ripken (left), Patricia Krebs, and Cal Ripken Sr.
Special Olympics held a private reception prior to the start of the opening ceremonies at Towson State University in 1997. Pictured are Vi Ripken (left), Patricia Krebs, and Cal Ripken Sr. (Tiffany H. House)
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In 1996, the Ed Block Courage Awards held their annual dinner at Martins West. Guests included Vi Ripken and Cal Ripken Sr.
In 1996, the Ed Block Courage Awards held their annual dinner at Martins West. Guests included Vi Ripken and Cal Ripken Sr. (Tiffany H. House)
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In 1996, the Orioles Advocates held a luncheon at the Sheraton Inner Harbor. Guests included Vi Ripken, Mariah Ripken, and Austyn Ripken.
In 1996, the Orioles Advocates held a luncheon at the Sheraton Inner Harbor. Guests included Vi Ripken, Mariah Ripken, and Austyn Ripken. (Tiffany H. House)
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