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Mitch Williams leaving MLB Network after poor behavior at youth baseball tournament

Mitch Williams leaving MLB Network after poor behavior at youth baseball tournament

ABERDEEN, Md., May 19 (UPI) --Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams is taking a leave of absence from the MLB Network after behaving poorly at a youth baseball tournament.
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Matt Lauer filling in again Thursday for ailing Costas

Matt Lauer filling in again Thursday for ailing Costas

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Matt Lauer will host NBC Olympic coverage again Thursday night, as Bob Costas continues to battle pinkeye.
Brooks Hays
Vi Ripken, mother of baseball legend, victimized again in Aberdeen

Vi Ripken, mother of baseball legend, victimized again in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Vi Ripken, the mother of baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., scared off an armed man in Aberdeen, Md., after he attempted to steal her car, police said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.
By United Press International
Cal Ripken increases reward for info on mom's kidnapper

Cal Ripken increases reward for info on mom's kidnapper

ABERDEEN, Md., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Longtime Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. announced Thursday the reward for information on his mother's kidnapping last year is now $100,000.

Young ballplayer revived after heart stops beating when hit by pitch

ROHNERT PARK, Calif., April 15 (UPI) -- An 8-year-old baseball player in Rohnert Park, Calif., was revived after his heart stopped when he was struck in the chest by a baseball, officials said.
Ex-Orioles manager Earl Weaver dead at 82

Ex-Orioles manager Earl Weaver dead at 82

BALTIMORE, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, who took Baltimore to four World Series, died of a heart attack while on a cruise, the team said Saturday. He was 82.

Van driver sought Violet Ripken kidnapping

ABERDEEN, Md., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Aberdeen, Md., police say they want to talk to a minivan driver about the abduction of Violet Ripken, mother of Cal Ripken Jr., as they seek fresh leads.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
By United Press International
Cal Ripken Jr. talks of mom's kidnapping

Cal Ripken Jr. talks of mom's kidnapping

BALTIMORE, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. addressed reporters Friday in an effort to help find the perpetrator of last month's kidnapping of his mother.
FBI gets new lead in Ripken investigation

FBI gets new lead in Ripken investigation

ARBERDEEN, Md., July 31 (UPI) -- FBI officials say they caught a break in the investigation of the kidnapping of retired baseball star Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother outside her Arberdeen, Md., home.
Cal Ripken Jr.'s mom OK after kidnapping

Cal Ripken Jr.'s mom OK after kidnapping

ABERDEEN, Md., July 25 (UPI) -- The 74-year-old mother of former Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. has returned home safely after being kidnapped at gunpoint, police said Wednesday.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 14, N.Y. Yankees 7

NEW YORK, June 29 (UPI) -- Alexei Ramirez had four of 19 hits and drove in three runs for the Chicago White Sox Friday in a 14-7 blasting of the New York Yankees.

Mikulski longest-serving woman in Congres

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski was honored by fellow Senate members for being the longest-serving woman in Congress.
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The Ripken family answers question at a press conference on January 9, 2007 to acknowledge the election of Cal Ripken Jr. to the Baseball Hall of Fame at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Seated (l-r) are daughter Rachel, wife Kelly, Cal Ripken Jr. and son Ryan. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)
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Calvin Edwin "Cal" Ripken, Jr. (born August 24, 1960), nicknamed "Iron Man", is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and third baseman. He played his entire 21-year baseball career for the Baltimore Orioles (1981–2001).

Ripken is perhaps best known for breaking New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played, a record many deemed unbreakable. He surpassed the 56-year-old record when he played in his 2,131st consecutive game on September 6, 1995, between the Orioles and the California Angels in front of a sold-out crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. To make the feat even more memorable, Ripken hit a home run in the previous night's game that tied Gehrig's record and another home run in his 2,131st game, which fans later voted as Major League Baseball's "Most Memorable Moment" in MLB history. Ripken played in an additional 501 straight games over the next three years, and his streak ended at 2,632 games when he voluntarily removed his name from the lineup for the final Orioles home game of the 1998 season. His record 2,632 straight games spanned over seventeen seasons, from May 30, 1982, to September 20, 1998.

A 19-time All-Star and member of the 3000 hit club, Ripken is considered one of the best shortstops and third basemen to ever play the game. At 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), 225 lb. (102.27 kg), he pioneered the way for taller, larger shortstops to be successful in that position. When inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, he was a first ballot inductee with the third highest voting percentage (98.53%) in Hall of Fame history, behind Tom Seaver (98.84%) and Nolan Ryan (98.79%).

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