Cal Ripken Jr. to host Japanese students

Cal Ripken Jr. to host Japanese students

BALTIMORE, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Former Baltimore Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr. will host 16 teenagers from Japan affected by this year's earthquake and tsunami, the State Department says.
Iacocca solicits funds for museum

Iacocca solicits funds for museum

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Former Ford Motor Co. President and Chrysler Group Chief Executive Officer Lee Iacocca has gone to bat for a Michigan museum, the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Guilty pleas in theft of Ripken sculpture

BALTIMORE, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Three more young men have pleaded guilty in Baltimore to charges they helped steal a statue dedicated to former Orioles baseball star Cal Ripken Jr.

Report: Ripken statue stolen, recovered

BALTIMORE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Police say they have arrested four men for allegedly stealing the No. 8 statue of retired Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr.

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Orioles' unofficial cheerleader dies

BALTIMORE, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A Baltimore cab driver who became an unofficial cheer leader for the Orioles and one of the team’s best-known fans has died.

Ripken, Gwynn enter Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., July 29 (UPI) -- Baltimore's Cal Ripken Jr. and San Diego's Tony Gwynn, who played a combined 41 years in the majors, entered the pantheon of baseball greats Sunday.

MLB: LA Angels 9, Baltimore 7

BALTIMORE, June 29 (UPI) -- A two-run homer by Howie Kendrick in the ninth inning Friday night gave the Los Angeles Angels a 9-7 win over Baltimore and spoiled Aubrey Huff's cycle.

Ripken, Gwynn elected to Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Cal Ripken, Jr., and Tony Gwynn were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame but the electors rejected slugger Mark McGwire's try for induction.

Phillies' Howard selected NL most valuable

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard, last year's rookie of the year, has been voted the National League's most valuable player.

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2006 with 116 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2006 with 129 to follow.
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XM Radio swings into baseball season

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- It's April, and the great American pastime is back in action. Major League Baseball's season is under way, giving fans a chance to partake in the ritual experience of enjoying baseball games via radio broadcast.
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Cal Ripken
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)

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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