Cap Ripken Jr. never would have guessed that he would become immensely popular as a Major League Baseball player. His outstanding durability over the course of his career helped him become one of the most respected and loved players in the history of the game. Fellow players looked up to him as they entered the league and his streak kept going. The stats and fame he accumulated as a member of the Baltimore Orioles will live forever as a reminded of his unmatched athletic stamina and READ MORE »
Cal Ripken Jr is the son of a major league manager and player, so he certainly had the pedigree to become a great baseball player. Ripken Jr was drafted out of high school in the second round of the 1978 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles, and it would turn out to be one of their best draft picks in the history of the team.
Ripken Jr would quickly rise through the minor leagues and make his major league debut in 1981 at the age of 21. He would win the AL READ MORE »
Cal Ripkin Jr. epitomizes what it means to be a true Major League baseball player. His dedication to the American Pastime has expanded beyond his playing career with the Baltimore Orioles as he continues to give back to the game.
Ripkin was born into a baseball family on August 24, 1960. His father, Cal Sr. was a life-long baseball man who managed the Orioles for a time. His brother, Billy, played for the Orioles for a time during his big-league career.
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Cal Ripken Jr. not only helped restore the game of baseball with his incredible consecutive games streak but he also revolutionized the way the game is played today. That is why Ripken is one of the best players to ever grace the game.
Prior to Ripken coming to the majors in 1982, shortstops were known for being smaller players with little power that were more about defense than offense. Ripken changed that with his large 6-foot-5 frame, showing that large athletes can not only handle the position but can excel there. In READ MORE »
Much has been talked about regarding the stellar career of this phenomenal baseball player but few people understand the life of the man post-baseball. What has he been up to lately and what are his projects off the diamond? To find this out, you would have had to fire up that Wireless Internet service or what have you, and buckled down for some serious research but we just happened to have the information you seek.
So where does a man who thoroughly rocked the world of baseball go after his number has been retired?
For starters, he founded the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation which took it upon itself to grant opportunities to underprivileged children. These opportunities included the chance to attend baseball camp and become a part of something. He even served as commissioner of the White House Tee Ball Initiative started by President George W. Bush, which sought ways to introduce and promote the values of teamwork in the youth.
In 2007, along with Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux and Alonzo Mourning, Ripken founded the charitable organization called Athletes for Hope.
So where does a man who thoroughly rocked the world of baseball go after his number has been retired? What does he do? He gives it all back to the community – to the people who made it possible for him to truly be known as a baseball all-star.
Redefining the position of baseball’s shortstop, though playing third base until the end of his career, Baltimore Oriel great Cal Ripken, Jr. reached one of the highest achievements of breaking the record in consecutive games played, which was over 500 games over Lou Gherig’s record, totaling 2, 632. This was viewed in 1995 by thousands of fans at home watching ESPN television. Ranked as the most watched baseball game in history, a 22-minute standing ovation thundering the stadium was uninterrupted by commercials by the network.
This 2007 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee was known as a man READ MORE »
Cal Ripken Jr. was an amazing baseball player. He is a man who was a great player for almost 18 season and he is a man that was responsible for the most memorable moment in American baseball history, as voted by the fans of this great sport. Cal Ripken Jr. was a short stop and third baseman during his time in the game and he played for the Baltimore Orioles. He was a terrific player and a man who was the very embodiment of consistency. In READ MORE »
Finishing your career with 400 home runs and 3,000 hits takes a lot of athletic ability but finishing your career with a record of playing 2,632 consecutive games takes a lot of brilliance. There were many days when Cal Ripken Jr. could have taken a day off for injuries or because he needed rest but he kept going. He didn’t keep going because he had to or because a numerous amount of people were behind him or even because his body could take it, he kept going because he had an aspect that many people do READ MORE »
Cal Ripken Jr. is a baseball Hall of Famer who played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles. His most famous achievement was setting the all-time Major League record for consecutive games played. Ripken played in every one of his team’s games for nearly seventeen straight full easons, a total streak of 2,632 consecutive games. This broke the previous record of 2,130, which was set by Lou Gehrig and stood for 56 years.
Ripken was also famous for his classy approach, and for being one of the great ambassadors of READ MORE »