Sunday, July 29, 2007

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

His Hall of Fame plaque says it better than I can.

Arrived at the ballpark every day with a burning desire to perform at his highest level. Dedication and work ethic resulted in a record 2,632 consecutive games played from May 30, 1982 through September 19, 1998, earning him the title of baseball's "Iron Man". In 21 seasons, collected 3,184 hits and 431 home runs, and was named to 19 consecutive all-star teams. Won Rookie of the Year honors, two MVPs and two gold glove awards. His Orioles won the 1983 World Series and he hit .336 in 28 post season games.

Baltimore Sun coverage here.

The Man, The Myth by Dave Sheinin

My baseball idol, period. Thank you Cal for all you did for baseball, the Orioles and fans all over. I loved watching him play and felt fortunate to have gone to so many Orioles games throughout his career at both Memorial Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Easily the highlight of my baseball experiences was being able to get to a game during the 1983 World Series in which the Orioles won 4 games to 1 over Philadelphia. Cal caught the final out in that series. I will never forget that.

I do plan to take Benjamin on a Father-Son trip to Cooperstown one day.

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