Cal Ripken Jr. Celebrity Life
Cal Ripken Jr., born on August 24, 1960, is a former American baseball player, who played on the position of the shortstop and third baseman for 21 seasons in Major League Baseball for the team Baltimore Orioles. Ripken 19 times participated in matches of All The Stars of Major League Baseball and twice became the most valuable player in the American League.
Most of all, Ripken was remembered for breaking Lou Gehrig 's record by the number of consecutive games held, which lasted 56 years and it was believed that it was impossible to beat. This event took place on September 6, 1995, when Ripken played 2131 games in a row.
Ripken was born in Maryland but spent his childhood traveling around the country with his father, Kel Sr. , who worked as a player and coach in the Orioles system. After successfully playing for the school team, Ripken was selected in the second round of the 1978 Major League Baseball draft pick.
Since 1981, he began playing in the Premier League for Orioles, where he spent his entire career. He became one of the league’s top defensive players, knocking out 3184 hits in his career, making 431 home runs and earning 1695 runs batted in, and also received the Golden Glove award twice for playing defense.
Ripken is considered one of the best shortstops and third base players in baseball history. With a height of 193 cm and a weight of 102 kg, he became one of the first "big" players in his position. His good health and stamina allowed him to play 2632 games in his career. He entered the club with 3,000 hits and holds the record for the number of home runs among players at the short-stop position. In 2007, he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
At the end of his playing career, Ripken became president and chairman of the board of Ripken Baseball, whose goal is to popularize baseball. He also bought three minor league baseball teams. He is actively involved in charity work and is the author of many popular books.
The early years
Kel Ripken was born in Haver de Grace, Maryland in the family of Violet Roberta and Kela Ripken Sr. The family has Germanic roots. Although the Ripken family called Aberdeen their home, they often moved due to the work of Kel Sr., who worked as a trainer in the Baltimore Orioles system. From early childhood, Kel was surrounded by baseball, so he also began to play this game. In the development of gaming skills, he was assisted by professionals working with his father, such as Doug Dekins.
According to the writer Gene Straszabosco, already at the age of three, Kel wanted to become a baseball player in the future, and Paul Joseph and Cal Gronwal wrote that at 10 he “knew the game both outside and inside”. Ripken and his brother Billy went to Aberdeen High School. Both were members of the baseball team, as well as the Cal football game. Besides Billy, Ripken also had a brother Fred and sister Ellen.
Records and achievements
- 1995: Broke Lou Gehrig's record for the number of consecutive matches held
- 1999: The Sporting News' placed him at No. 78 on the list of 100 greatest baseball players
- 1999: Included in the Century Major League Baseball team
- 2007: 98.53% of the voters voted for him at the ballot to enter the baseball Hall of Fame
- 2007: July 29, the official inauguration ceremony for the baseball Hall of Fame took place, which was held in front of 75,000 people
- Holds a record for the number of consecutive games - 2632
- Holds the record for the number of innings held in a row - 8243
- Holds a record for the number of double play - 350
- Holds a record for the number of knocked out home runs among shortstops - 345
- Holds the record for the number of double play among shortstops in the American League - 1682
- The leader of Major League Baseball by the number of fans who voted for him to participate in the All-Stars game of Major League Baseball - 36,123,483