Cal Ripken, Jr.
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Cal Ripken, Jr. 

 Baseball Star

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I have been fortunate to spend most of my life in Maryland; from being born in Aberdeen to spending my professional life in Baltimore playing for the team I grew up rooting for — the Orioles.

When I broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played record in 1995, the Player’s Association gave me a gift of $75,000 to build a field of dreams in my hometown of Aberdeen. That money started me down the path to produce what I think is the finest youth complex in the nation, complete with youth-sized replicas of Camden Yards (including the warehouse with a double Marriott Hotel), Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and, of course, Memorial Stadium, where I first played in the big leagues. Right off of I-95 in little old Aberdeen is our version of baseball heaven, a reality that still blows my mind!

Baseball and Maryland are two of the biggest parts of my identity, and in combining the game I love with the place I have called home my whole life, I hope and believe that I can impact future generations to play the greatest game and, most importantly, come visit our great state!

A new baseball Hall of Fame inductee, Cal is also President and CEO of Ripken Baseball,a Baltimore-based company that focuses on growing the game of baseball worldwide the “Ripken Way.” He was a 21-year Major Leaguer, playing his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles. He owns baseball’s record for consecutive games played (2,632) and was a 19-time All-Star, two-time American League MVP, and member of the 1983 World Series champion Orioles team.
DATE: 09/02/2014
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