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Cal Ripken Jr.

Selected Writings By Ripken:

Ripken: Cal on Cal, Summit, 1995.

(With Greg Brown) Count Me In, Taylor, 1995.

(With Mike Bryan) The Only Way I Know, Viking, 1997.

Awards and Accomplishments

1977 Played in the Mickey Mantle World Series
1980 Named Southern League All-Star
1982 Voted American League Rookie of the Year
1983 Baltimore Orioles win World Series
1983 Voted American League Most Valuable Player (MVP)
1990 Set records for fewest errors and highest fielding percentage by a shortstop
1991 American League Most Valuable Player; Sporting News Major League Player of the Year; All-Star Game MVP, and Gold Glove
1995 Associated Press and United Press International Male Athlete of the Year; Sporting News Major League Player of the Year; Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year; Newsweek newsmaker; People Most Intriguing People.
1996 Opened Ripken Museum, Aberdeen, Maryland
1997 Published autobiography, The Only Way I Know
2001 Made farewell address at Camden Field, September 9

Where Is He Now?

Having retired from play in 2001, Cal Ripken, Jr.—a family man whose wife, Kelly, and children Rachel and Ryan, figure largely in his life—has left a legacy of community service. He founded the Kelly and Cal Ripken, Jr., Foundation, which supports adult and family literacy, youth recreation, and health-related programs in the greater Baltimore area; the couple are also benefactors of the Baltimore Reads Ripken Learning Center, the Kelly G. Ripken Program for thyroid education at Johns Hopkins University; and the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 1995, the Cal Ripken, Jr./Lou Gehrig ALS Research Fund was established at Johns Hopkins. "Because We Care," a program funded by Ripken, donates tickets to Baltimore home games to the underprivileged. In April 2002, GoodMark Foods entered into a promotion featuring lunch with Ripken as the grand prize of a sunflower-seeds contest.

(With Mike Bryan) Cal Ripken, Jr.: My Story, Dial Books for Young Readers, 1999.

Additional topics

Famous Sports StarsBaseballCal Ripken Jr. Biography - All In The Family, The Road To Baltimore, Career Statistics, Seasons Of Change, Game After Game