51 Facts About Cal Ripken

1. In 1981, Cal Ripken moved up to the Major Leagues and played shortstop and third base for the Baltimore Orioles.

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2. Cal Ripken stands in the on-deck circle during his final season.

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3. Cal Ripken is signed to a contract extension to play for the Orioles through the 1999 season and lives with his wife and two children, Rachel and Ryan in Reistertown, Maryland.

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4. On May 29, 1996, Cal Ripken hit his 334th home run for first-place on the Orioles all-time list.

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5. On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken became baseball's "Iron Man" as he surpassed Lou Gehrig's all-time consecutive games played record of 2, 130.

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6. In 1991, Cal Ripken won the American League's most valuable player award for the second time and was voted the major-league player of the year by the Sporting News and the Associated Press.

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7. Cal Ripken broke Scott's record for the most games played in one position.

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8. On June 12, 1990, Cal Ripken moved into second place for the record of most consecutive games played as he appeared in his 1, 308th consecutive game, surpassing Everett Scott's mark.

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9. In 1983, with Cal Ripken firmly in place and comfortable, he helped the Orioles win the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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10. Cal Ripken would continue to play shortstop until 1996 before moving back to third base.

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11. Cal Ripken was employed by the Orioles amateur-league team in Bluefield, West Virginia, where he decided to play shortstop instead of pitcher.

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12. Cal Ripken played in the Mickey Mantle World Series in Texas in 1977, and won the Harford County batting title with an amazing.

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13. Cal Ripken will be the celebrity narrator of the biblical Christmas story tonight for the final candlelight processional at Disney World, according to Disney's website.

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14. On February 28, 2008, Cal Ripken announced his venture into the massively multiplayer online sports game market with "Cal Ripken's Real Baseball".

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15. Cal Ripken has continued to serve in this role since then.

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16. In October 2007, Cal Ripken began working as a studio analyst for TBS Sports during the 2007 Major League Baseball playoffs.

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17. On January 10, 2007, Cal Ripken expressed interest in purchasing the Baltimore Orioles if current owner Peter Angelos were to sell the team.

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18. Cal Ripken said, "I was thinking, 'This just creates too much pressure on kids.

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19. Cal Ripken released the book Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way, co-written with Rick Wolff, in 2006 after seeing too many young athletes who he felt were being pressured unnecessarily by their parents.

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20. Cal Ripken has written nearly thirty books, some of which are mentioned here.

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21. Cal Ripken transferred to Indian River Community College and was drafted in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball's 2014 amateur draft by the Washington Nationals.

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22. Cal Ripken became an emblem to Americans through his hard work, loyalty to the Orioles, and his charity off the field.

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23. On January 9, 2007, Cal Ripken was elected to the Hall of Fame, appearing on 537 out of 545 of the ballots cast, eight votes short of a unanimous selection.

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24. Cal Ripken is third on the fielding side for double plays by a shortstop.

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25. In 1999, Cal Ripken passed Hank Aaron as the player who had grounded into the most double plays in his career.

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26. On May 19, 2013 Cal Ripken received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from the University of Maryland while serving as the university's general commencement speaker.

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27. On May 31, 2008, Cal Ripken received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the University of Delaware and served as the university's commencement speaker.

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28. Cal Ripken has made donations to many various charitable causes, including donations supporting research on Lou Gehrig's disease.

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29. Cal Ripken was voted the starting third baseman in the All-Star Game at Seattle's Safeco Field on July 10, 2001.

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30. In June 2001, Cal Ripken announced he would retire at the end of the season.

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31. Cal Ripken was selected to the All-Star Game but sat out due to the injury, marking the first All-Star Game that he missed since his rookie season.

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32. In 1999, Cal Ripken had the highest batting average of his career, at.

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33. Cal Ripken appeared in 163 games during the regular season in 1996, batting.

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34. Cal Ripken was the last Oriole to bat at the stadium, hitting into a double play against Detroit's Frank Tanana on Oct 6, 1991.

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35. Cal Ripken continued the streak to 95 games, breaking the Major League record for shortstops and setting the AL record for infielders other than third basemen.

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36. Cal Ripken had a particularly memorable play in the All-Star Game, making a tremendous catch and strong throw to retire Will Clark in the second inning.

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37. Cal Ripken was the first Oriole other than Eddie Murray since 1979 to lead the team in home runs, with 25.

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38. Cal Ripken made the playoffs for the first time as the Orioles won the AL East in 1983.

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39. Cal Ripken became the first player in MLB history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP Awards in consecutive seasons.

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40. Cal Ripken played well all season on the way to earning the first of 19 All-Star berths.

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41. Cal Ripken looked for advice from several Orioles players and coaches but was most aided by advice from Reggie Jackson: "Just know what you know you can do, not what everybody else tells you to do.

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42. Cal Ripken homered in his very first at bat of the first game of the Orioles' 1982 season against Dennis Leonard of Kansas City as part of three hits.

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43. Cal Ripken received the third base job for the Orioles in 1982 when the team traded DeCinces before the start of the season.

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44. Cal Ripken scored on a hit by John Lowenstein, giving the Orioles the win.

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45. Cal Ripken started at third base and played all 33 innings against the Pawtucket Red Sox in a game that took parts of three days to complete.

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46. Cal Ripken was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the second round of the 1978 Major League Baseball draft 48th overall.

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47. Cal Ripken was named the Harford County Most Valuable Player while helping Aberdeen become county champions for the first time since 1959.

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48. Cal Ripken currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland and has since married Laura Kiessling, a circuit court judge in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

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49. Cal Ripken switched back to third base for the final five years of his career.

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50. Cal Ripken broke the consecutive games played record on September 6, 1995, in his 2,131st consecutive game, which fans voted as the league's "most memorable moment" in the history of the game in an MLB.

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51. Cal Ripken holds the record for consecutive games played, 2,632, surpassing Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 that had stood for 56 years and that many deemed unbreakable.

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