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The Ripken ethic
The Tidings - Los Angeles, CA, USA - In "Men at Work," George F. Will began his celebration of baseball defense with a tale of Cal and Bill Ripken turning a rally-killing double-play while their father watched from the visitors' dugout in Toronto --- and concluded with an appropriately blue-collar ending:

"After the third out the two Ripkens ran off the field, same pace, arms held in the same position, forearms cocked slightly above parallel to the ground, eyes straight ahead, looking into the dugout. They ran past their father, the third-base coach. It was just another night on the factory floor for the Ripken men..."

Cal Ripken's induction into
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Posted 8/24/2007 12:08:37 AM | Permalink
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Cal Ripken Jr. appointed as special envoy
WIS - Columbia, SC, USA - A couple of weeks after his induction into baseball's Hall of Fame, Cal Ripken Junior has been appointed to the roll of special envoy for the State Department.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a well-known sports fan, made the formal announcement Monday.

Rice paid tribute to Ripken's record-breaking streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, joking that she expects the Iron Man to keep up that kind of perseverance.

The former Baltimore Oriole says he hopes to promote teamwork and cross-cultural communication.

Ripken is the second "special sports envoy." Figure skating star Michelle Kwan is the other.

The job is an unpaid position for which the
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Posted 8/23/2007 07:08:07 AM | Permalink
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State Dept. Names Cal Ripken, Jr. Special Sports Envoy
About - News & Issues - New York, NY, USA - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has announced the appointment of major league baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. to be the nation's second American public diplomacy envoy. The State Department created the position of American public diplomacy envoy in 2006 in an effort to involve business, sports, academia, non-government, community and faith-based organizations in America's public diplomacy efforts. Ripken joins the first public diplomacy envoy, figure skating champion Michelle Kwan.

"Like all of our greatest sports heroes, Cal Ripken is recognized for bringing integrity to the game of baseball and by extension to all of sports," said Sec. Rice in announcing the
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Posted 8/19/2007 12:08:25 AM | Permalink
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Ripken Is Named Envoy to Help Burnish US Public Image Abroad
Bloomberg - USA - What Cal Ripken Jr. helped do for baseball after a players strike, he's now being asked to do for his country.

Ripken, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame last month after a 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, was named a U.S. envoy as part of a program to help burnish America's image abroad.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Undersecretary Karen Hughes made the announcement with Ripken in Washington today, accompanied by a group of Chinese baseball coaches participating in his training camp in Aberdeen, Maryland. Ripken said he plans to travel to China this year, and to use
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Posted 8/13/2007 03:08:37 PM | Permalink
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Ripken Will Be Special US Sports Envoy
ABC News - USA - Sports, not politics, will be Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.'s emphasis in his new role as a special envoy for the State Department.

"This isn't a political statement for me, necessarily," Ripken said Monday after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice formally announced his appointment. "This is about the kids and planning baseball and using baseball for good reasons."

Ripken, who set the Major League record for consecutive games played 2,632 games in a row, earning him the nickname "Iron Man" said he was ready for the task, which will take him first to China at the end of October.

The first
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Posted 8/13/2007 12:08:25 AM | Permalink
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Ramblin' Reck: Ripken Jr., Gwynn did it their way
Terre Haute Tribune Star - Terre Haute, IN, USA - If music were played at induction ceremonies for the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N. Y., “My Way” could have been played twice Sunday.

Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were the main inductees and did it “their way” — the right way — in their long and distinguished careers.

News of their induction provided a welcome break from other stories appearing on sports pages these days. Controversy and alleged scandals reign in cycling, pro basketball and baseball where hints of steroid use overshadow Barry Bonds closing in on the home-run mark.

No such stories appeared when Gwynn and Ripken played the
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Posted 7/31/2007 11:07:27 AM | Permalink
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Reds' Jeff Conine Remembers Former Teammate Cal Ripken Jr.
The Chattanoogan - Chattanooga, TN, USA - Cincinnati first baseman Jeff Conine shared a few such stories of his time playing alongside Cal Ripken with the Orioles from 1999 to 2001, as well as his first two Major League seasons spent in Kansas City alongside 1999 Hall of Fame inductee George Brett.

"That's baseball," Conine said of his impressions of Ripken and Brett. "That's pure baseball, both of them. I mean, they lived, ate, slept, drank baseball. They were always focused on the game. It was a pleasure to be around."

Conine said beyond statistics and even his legendary toughness, what elevated Ripken to a higher level, as much
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Posted 7/30/2007 12:07:30 AM | Permalink
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Ripken Jr. endorses Rice, Gossage for HOF; Gwynn speaks up for Dawson
ESPN - USA - One fringe benefit to making the Baseball Hall of Fame is the opportunity to lobby for former teammates and peers to join the club. Ted Williams believed strongly that Dom DiMaggio should be in Cooperstown, and Mike Schmidt spoke up for Pete Rose during his induction speech.

Williams and Schmidt didn't have much of an impact, it turns out. But that doesn't prevent every new class from maintaining the tradition.

Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn, who'll enter the Hall of Fame on Sunday, weighed in with their endorsements during a news conference Saturday. When asked which players are most deserving of
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Posted 7/29/2007 12:07:01 PM | Permalink
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Thousands turn out to see Ripken, Gwynn inducted into Hall
ESPN - USA - Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn took their place in baseball's shrine Sunday, saluted as much for their Hall of Fame careers as their character off the field.

Commissioner Bud Selig and a record crowd came to cheer them and all that was good about the game.

A continent away, a different scene played out. Barry Bonds failed to tie the home run record, a chase tainted by his surly nature and a steroids investigation.

Ripken and Gwynn sensed that poignant counterpoint on their induction day.

"This day shouldn't be all about us," Ripken said. "Today is about celebrating the best that baseball has
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Posted 7/29/2007 10:07:18 AM | Permalink
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HALL OF FAME / 'Iron Man' Ripken could soften today
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA - Cal Ripken Jr., baseball's "Iron Man" and heretofore the embodiment of boundless energy, is tired.

Dead tired.

He's running on adrenaline. And he's anxious.

Now that the six-plus months of hype building up to today's Hall of Fame induction are over, Ripken just wants to get through today and get some sleep.

"I guess (there is) a little anxiety that is running a little higher than it normally would run. I feel that," Ripken said Saturday at his final news conference before he officially becomes a Hall of Famer. "I also feel a sense of fatigue that I have never felt before. I think
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Posted 7/29/2007 04:07:48 AM | Permalink
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Cal Ripken Jr., Tony Gwynn Inducted Into Hall of Fame
FOX News - USA - Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn took their place in baseball's shrine Sunday, saluted as much for their Hall of Fame careers as their character off the field.

Commissioner Bud Selig and a record crowd came to cheer them and all that was good about the game.

A continent away, a different scene played out. Barry Bonds failed to tie the home run record, a chase tainted by his surly nature and a steroids investigation.

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Ripken and Gwynn sensed that poignant counterpoint on their induction day.

"This day shouldn't be all about us," Ripken said. "Today is about celebrating
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Posted 7/29/2007 12:07:29 AM | Permalink
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Game plays second fiddle to Ripken
MLB.com - USA - Wearing their road grays, the Aberdeen IronBirds laid a quick and easy claim to the home crowd's loyalties on Saturday afternoon.

All it took to get the 9,000 fans who packed Doubleday Field on their feet, roaring and whooping and clapping, was for the IronBirds' owner to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Aberdeen played the Oneonta Tigers. Cal Ripken Jr. has had that effect on people before, and he did so again on Saturday.

Ripken fired a perfect strike, while his wife, Kelly, and teenage kids, Rachel and Ryan, also delivered pitches. Then Ripken, wearing a sharp navy suit over
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Posted 7/28/2007 07:07:24 AM | Permalink
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Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn still awestruck about Hall of Fame
USA Today - USA - On the day before the biggest moment of their baseball lives, Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were still trying to fathom it all.

"I think it's a bit nerve-wracking, but it's a beautiful thing," Ripken said Saturday as he contemplated his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. "It's a celebration of baseball. It's a wonderful time. But I guess there's just a little anxiety. It's running a little bit higher than usual. I feel that, and I also feel a sense of fatigue that I've never felt before. I'll sleep for three weeks after this is all over."

Gwynn was
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Posted 7/28/2007 12:07:10 AM | Permalink
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Museum Exhibit Honors Cal Ripken
WJZ - Baltimore, MD, USA - If you can't make the trip to Cooperstown, you might want to head to the Sports Legends Museum downtown. There you can time travel through Cal Ripken's great career.

Ron Matz reports on the unique photography exhibit that follows Cal from rookie to retirement.

They're more than just pictures at an exhibit. It's a focus on the Hall of Fame career of Cal Ripken Jr through the special lens of O's team photographer Jerry Wachter, whose camera chronicled the team for 36 years.

There are 30 photographs of Cal from his Rookie of the Year award in 1982 to 2131 to his final
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Posted 7/27/2007 05:07:24 AM | Permalink
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Market ripe for Ripken
Charlotte Business Journal - Charlotte, NC, USA - He's pitched hot dogs, cable TV, hotels and trucks. He's an author and a frontman for a charity, a baseball stadium and a youth world series.

But somehow Cal Ripken Jr. -- six years after he left the baseball diamond -- doesn't seem to suffer from overexposure. The fans and sponsors can't seem to get enough of him.

In fact, the Cal mania sweeping Baltimore and the nation over his Hall of Fame induction is only going to make him -- and everyone connected with him and his brand -- more money. Though some inductees might see a momentary blip in their
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Posted 7/27/2007 12:07:50 AM | Permalink
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Cal Ripken, Jr. Marks Hall of Fame Induction With QVC Broadcast
Hall Of Fame Magazine - New Bedford, MA, USA - Cal Ripken Jr. is scheduled to celebrate his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with a special QVC broadcast live from Aberdeen, Maryland, on July 23 from 9 PM to 11 PM (ET). The two-time Most Valuable Player will debut his new autographed line of Hall of Fame collectibles, created specially for QVC in conjunction with leading sports memorabilia manufacturer IronClad Authentics, LLC.

Signature items include a Cal Ripken, Jr. Team Signed Limited Edition 1983 Jersey, Baltimore Orioles 1983 Team Signed Limited Edition Louisville Bat, and a Cal Ripken, Jr. Hall of Fame Autographed Career Ball.
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Posted 7/19/2007 12:07:11 AM | Permalink
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One more great Ripken Moment
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA - Perfect script, perfect role, perfect presentation.

Cal Ripken Jr. had announced he was retiring after the 2001 season, so that year's Seattle-hosted All-Star Game was his finale. He was in the lineup because he overtook Mariners third baseman David Bell in the last week of voting to earn his 17th start and 19th appearance.

The rest of the story was pure theatre.

"I'm going to tell my kids about that someday," Alex Rodriguez said.

A-Rod played a backup role in Ripken's All-Star sendoff, coordinating with American League manager Joe Torre to switch positions for the first inning. A-Rod, voted in as the shortstop, walked
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Posted 7/8/2007 12:07:53 AM | Permalink
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Sports Legends Museum to honor Ripken with 'Great 8 Day'
Baltimore Business Journal - Baltimore, MD, USA - The Sports Legends Museum will open its doors for free on July 8 as part of a summer celebration of Cal Ripken Jr.'s baseball career.

The Babe Ruth Museum, which oversees the Sports Legends Museum, teamed up with Provident Bank (NASDAQ: PBKS) to hold a "Great 8 Day" with free refreshments and games on July 8 to honor Ripken's induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29. A winner of a free trip to Cooperstown, N.Y. for Ripken's induction will also be selected.

The museum recently opened a new exhibit in June dubbed "Cal Ripken Jr.: Focus On A
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Posted 7/2/2007 12:07:03 AM | Permalink
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Hall Of Famers Gwynn, Ripken Cast Their Votes For Bonds
BlackAthlete.net - USA - Giants manager Bruce Bochy cast a public All-Star Game vote for Barry Bonds on Tuesday, and he won't get an argument from Hall of Fame-bound Tony Gwynn or Cal Ripken Jr.

Gwynn and Ripken said in a teleconference that Bonds should play in the All-Star Game no matter what people think about steroid allegations.

"Yes, there's a shadow hanging over the top of him," Ripken said. "When I think of Barry, I think of an all-star player. Sometimes, especially toward the end of your career, you have to have those all-stars who are considered career all-stars at the games."
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Posted 6/30/2007 12:06:13 AM | Permalink
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Ripken, Gwynn: Bonds Should Be All-Star
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA - Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn think it's a no-brainer: Barry Bonds deserves to be on the NL All-Star team. "Yes, there's a shadow that's hanging over top of him. The commissioner and Hank Aaron are torn whether they should celebrate the breaking of the all-time home run record," Ripken said Tuesday. "But when I think of Barry, I think of him as an All-Star player."

Bonds began Tuesday with 749 homers, six shy of Aaron's record. After hitting 11 homers in his first 76 at-bats for the San Francisco Giants, he has four in 109 at-bats since.

Still, his .292 batting
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Posted 6/26/2007 09:06:48 PM | Permalink
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Knights to Honor Cal Ripken Jr.
OurSports Central (press release) - Marshfield, WI, USA - On Saturday, June 23 the Charlotte Knights will honor former Charlotte O's infielder Cal Ripken Jr. with a number of giveaways in which every fan will leave the ballpark a winner. Fans who attend Cal Ripken Jr. day will have a chance to win a Ripken bobble head doll, hologram cards, magnets or a general admission ticket to a future game for the Knights. Scratch off cards will be given to fans in attendance to determine which prize they will receive.

There will be 2,632 bobble heads given away, representing Ripken's streak of consecutive games played. The bobble heads are supplied
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Posted 6/18/2007 12:06:52 AM | Permalink
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Cal images comprise new Sports Legends exhibit
Baltimore Business Journal - Baltimore, MD, USA - With less than six weeks until hometown hero Cal Ripken Jr. gets inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards is unveiling an exhibit featuring images of baseball's "Iron Man."

The exhibit, dubbed "Cal Ripken Jr.: Focus On A Hall Of Fame Career," features photographs taken by longtime Baltimore Orioles photographer Jerry Wachter.

More than 30 photographs of Ripken throughout his 21-season career with the Orioles will be on display. The exhibit will open to the public June 25 and runs until Jan. 27.
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Posted 6/18/2007 12:06:22 AM | Permalink
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Gwynn Jr. returns to San Diego as a big leaguer
San Jose Mercury News - San Jose, CA, USA - SAN DIEGO- Tony Gwynn Jr. turned onto Tony Gwynn Drive on his way to work Friday.

"It's always weird to turn on the street and see your dad's name just chilling on the street sign right there," Gwynn said about three hours before his Milwaukee Brewers opened a three-game series against his dad's old team, the San Diego Padres.

"I don't think very many people can say that their dad has a street named after them. It's a little awkward. But after you turn on the street, it's just a street, though."

Tony Gwynn Drive fronts Petco Park. Gwynn Jr. wasn't in the
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Posted 5/25/2007 12:05:56 AM | Permalink
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Cal Ripken Jr. joins the Men in Blazers
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Cal Ripken Jr. joins the Men in Blazers. Cal Ripken Jr. joins Roger in the Panic Room to talk about his high school soccer career, the experience of playing on the Orioles with his brother and dad. Premier League · Fun ...

Chillicothe Gazette

Southeastern graduate, Alek Morgan reflects on internship with Cal Ripken Baseball Complex
Chillicothe Gazette
PORTSMOUTH – Many college students seek a career that they will enjoy – and that's the case with Southeastern High School graduate Alek Morgan. Morgan – a senior at Shawnee State University – applied to a multitude of internships and one that he felt ...

Loudoun Times-Mirror

'Iron Man' Cal Ripken, Jr. to visit Leesburg, help Roy Rogers celebrate 50 years
Loudoun Times-Mirror
All-American fast-food chain Roy Rogers, which has two locations in Leesburg, is celebrating 50 years in business this year, and that's leading to a legendary appearance at the local East Market Street restaurant. “Iron Man” Cal Ripken, Jr., a baseball ...

Baltimore Sun

Aberdeen budgets $150000 to start its defense of Ripken Stadium lawsuit
Baltimore Sun
The City of Aberdeen is proposing an initial budget of $150,000 to begin its defense of a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Cal Ripken Jr. and his baseball management company against the city. The Aberdeen City Council, at its meeting Monday night ...

Alex Bregman remembers his favorite Halloween costume on 'Old Baseball Cards'
Yahoo Sports
Along the way, we talk about greats like Cal Ripken Jr. and Rickey Henderson, plus current players like Evan Longoria and Carson Fulmer. Our best find is Mark McGwire, who Bregman dressed up as for Halloween eight years in a row, he says. It's a fun ...

Birds Watcher

Baltimore Orioles: Ronald Acuna Jr, Shohei Ohtani take home ROY awards
Birds Watcher
The two most notable Orioles Rookie of the Year award winners are Cal Ripken Jr.in 1982, and Eddie Murray in 1977. In '77, Murray hit .283/.333/.470 with 27 homers. Ripken's '83 was similar; he hit .264/.317/.475 with 28 homers. Both Murray and Ripken ...

Player with ties to Ripken dies in Pittsfield home
Herald-Whig
A man who played a small part in the career of Cal Ripken Jr. died in Pittsfield last week. Wayne Krenchicki, 64, died of natural causes Tuesday in his home as he was watching a playoff baseball game. Krenchicki, a native of Ewing, N.J., played college ...

Leader-Telegram

For Joe Mauer, being from Minnesota means this isn't goodbye
Leader-Telegram
Making so much money and missing so many games soured the cynical portions of the fan base on Mauer, but even if he had stayed healthy like Cal Ripken Jr. and hit home runs like Harmon Killebrew he would have carried immense pressure playing in his ...
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