Cal Ripken Jr. biography
Cal Ripken Jr. was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, on August 24, 1960. Ripken joined the Baltimore Orioles in 1981 and was named Rookie of the Year in 1982. He stayed with the Orioles for his full 21-year MLB career. By the time Ripken retired in 2001, he'd set a new record for most consecutive games played—2,632. He co-owns the Ripken Baseball Group with his brother, Bill Ripken.
Born on August 24, 1960, in Havre de Grace, Maryland, Cal Ripken Jr., known to baseball fans as the "Iron Man," is known for setting an MLB record for most consecutive major league games played—2,632—beating Lou Gehrig's previous record of 2,130. He showed his talent for the game early on and became a strong high school player.
Reaching the major leagues in 1981, Cal Ripken joined the Baltimore Orioles and was named the American League Rookie of the Year for his first full season the next year. He spent his entire 21-year career with the Orioles, playing shortstop and third base and winning many honors along the way for his accomplishments on the field.
Ripken was named the American League's Most Valuable Player twice, in 1983 and 1991, and on June 12, 1990, he made baseball history when he set a new record for most consecutive games played—2,632. A strong hitter, he often hit more than 20 home runs per season and had a career total of 431.
After 21 seasons with Orioles, Ripken retired from Major League Baseball in 2001. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Since retiring from the sport, Ripken has devoted his time to business endeavors and philanthropic work. He has written several books, including The Ripken Way: A Manual for Baseball and Life (1999) and Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way: Ensuring the Best Experience for Your Kids in Any Sport (2006). Ripken also serves as president and CEO of Ripken Baseball, which owns two minor league baseball teams and runs youth camps and clinics, among other ventures. His brother, Bill Ripken, also a former MLB player, is a co-owner and executive vice president of the company.
The Ripken brothers played together professionally for a few years and were even coached by their father, Cal Ripken Sr., for a season. They later established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in his honor. The organization runs baseball and softball programs for underprivileged children.