Films on Friday: 2131

On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken, Jr., broke the record for the most consecutive baseball games played in by a Major Leaguer. During that game, he hit a home run, as discussed in the video below featuring Jon Miller and President Bill Clinton:


Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca






Stat-urday, 8/24/2019

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Cal Ripken, Jr., in 1993 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Baseball’s Iron Man, Cal Ripken, Jr., turns 59 today! Despite retiring from baseball nearly 20 years ago, Cal remains an import part of baseball, baseball history, and the State of Maryland. Here are a few of his important stats:

  • At bats: 11,551
  • Hits: 3,184
  • Runs: 1,647
  • RBIs: 1,695
  • Home runs: 431
  • Career batting average: .276
  • Consecutive games played: 2,532
  • Total games played: 3,001
  • Seasons played: 21
  • All-Star games: 19
  • MVP Awards: 2
  • Gold Gloves: 2
  • Silver Slugger Awards: 8
  • MLB teams played for: 1

Happy birthday, Cal!

~ baseballrebecca






Films on Friday: Cal and Bill Ripken

I noted the other day that Cal and Bill Ripken made an appearance at last Saturday’s Aberdeen IronBirds game. Before the game started, and before they each threw out a ceremonial first pitch, they spoke about their dad’s impact on the game of baseball and why the continue to support youth baseball and their team the Aberdeen IronBirds:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca






Cal Ripken, Jr., Commissioner (of South Lawn Tee Ball)


President George W. Bush and Commissioner of White House South Lawn Tee Ball Cal Ripken, Jr., stand for the National Anthem, May 5, 2002

Speaking of Cal Ripken, Jr. (who I wrote about in yesterday’s post), do you remember when he was the Commissioner of White House South Lawn Tee Ball? President George W. Bush appointed Ripken to serve as the first honorary commissioner in 2001, a position he held through 2004.

The President introduced Cal as the commissioner at the opening game in 2002. For that game, the first-base coach was Mel R. Martinez, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Hall of Famer Tony Perez was the third base coach.  Also present were Orlando Cepeda, Erubiel Durazo, and Bill Ripken.

Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda urges on a player from the Wrigley Little League Dodgers of Los Angeles, as he runs for home against the Inner City Little League of Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunday, July 15, 2007, during the White House Tee Ball Game celebrating the legacy of Jackie Robinson on the South Lawn of the White House. Brooklyn and Los Angeles represent the two home cities of Robinson’s team.

Third Base Coach, Tommy Lasorda, July 15, 2007

The league hosted games sporadically from 2001 to 2008. Participating teams were selected by Little League Baseball. Cal was succeeded as commissioner by Nolan Ryan in 2004, Barry Larkin in 2005, and Willie Mays in 2006. Later, honorary commissioners would be appointed for specific games, including Frank Robinson who served as Honorary Commissioner for the South Lawn Tee Ball All-Star Game in 2008.

The final South Lawn Tee Ball game was held on September 7, 2008, with Bernie Williams serving as first base coach and General Pete Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as third base coach.

~ baseballrebecca


President Bush attends a Tee Ball on the South Lawn game between the Cardinals and the South Berkeley Little League Braves from Inwood, West Virginia, June 23, 2002.

President Bush and Cal Ripken, Jr., attend Tee Ball on the South Lawn on June 23, 2002


The Aberdeen Legacy

67472272_10158652084277067_7514303712534200320_oThis past Saturday, the Aberdeen IronBirds became the Aberdeen Legacy for one night only as the team celebrated the legacy of the Ripken family. According to the team’s website, Legacy night celebrated “the Ripken family, Bill and Cal’s respective on-field legacies and the legacy of the family in Harford County – we can’t celebrate the evening without learning more about what led Cal and Bill to bring Minor League and youth baseball to Aberdeen and Harford County and to continue working to develop the youth baseball game around the world.”

The Aberdeen IronBirds are a short-season A team in the New York-Penn League owned by Cal and Bill Ripken. In fact, the team plays at Ripken Stadium in Cal and Bill’s home town of Aberdeen, Maryland. Ripken Baseball has several baseball fields around the stadium that host youth baseball camps and tournaments.

Cal and Bill were at the game, made a few speeches, and each threw out a baseball before the game. They spoke to little leaguers on the field and interviews with the IronBirds GM appeared on the scoreboard throughout the game. It was a great way to honor the family’s contributions to baseball in Aberdeen and the rest of the state.

~ baseballrebecca


Eight . . .

8 - Ripken jerseyOpening Day is just eight days away! Who do you think of when you think of #8? Cal Ripken, of course! Cal Ripken, Jr., aka The Iron Man, is a Maryland legend and continues to give back to the community. Ripken is the recipient of several awards that speak to his commitment to the community as well as the sport of baseball. These include: Roberto Clemente Award (1992), Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1992), Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1995), The Sporting News Sportsman of the Year (1995), Athlete of the Year (1995), Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award (2001), Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship (2016).


Cal Ripken, Jr., 1996 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Ripken has been associated with a variety of organizations and charities. For example, in 2007, he founded Athletes for Hope with several fellow athletes, including: Muhammad Ali, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, and Alonzo Mourning. The mission of the organization is, “To educate, encourage and assist athletes in their efforts to contribute to the community and charitable causes, to increase public awareness of those efforts, and to inspire others do to the same.”

Ripken is perhaps best known for forming the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation with his brother Bill in 2001. The mission of the Foundation is to help “build character and teach critical life lessons to at-risk young people living in America’s most distressed communities.” The organization builds parks, provides mentoring, and conducts camps and clinics across country. According to their website, in 2017 alone, the Foundation collaborated with 719 local partners in 582 cities in 43 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, to reach more than one million at-risk youth.

Thanks for all you do for our communities, Cal!

~ baseballrebecca