“Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.”
Cal Ripken Jr.
Cal Ripken Jr. is best remembered for breaking Lou Gehrig’s record of consecutive games played (2,130).
Ripken played in 2,632 consecutive games and spent his entire 21 year career with the Baltimore Orioles.
Ripken was a 19-time All-Star who amassed 3,184 hits and belted 431 home-runs.
Ripken was the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1982 and a two-time Most Valuable Player (1983 & 1991).
Ripken also was named MVP of the All-Star game twice and he won two Gold Gloves for fielding excellence.
Ripken’s father, Cal Sr. managed the Orioles and Cal Jr.’s brother, Billy, was a teammate of Cal’s with the Orioles.
Cal Ripken Jr. deserves all the accolades that have come his way over the years.
To play in2632 consecutive games is an incredible feat; let’s also remember he did it while playing a very demanding position (shortstop).
Ripken changed the way we look at shortstops. Prior to him, most shortstops were not big and strong.
They were slender and most did not hit with power.
Ripken is 6’4 200 pounds and had power.
After his success, teams started to demand more offense from the position.
Ripken paved the way for players like Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra and Miguel Tejada.
Ripken decided that once he got in the lineup he didn’t ever want to come out; that resulted in him making baseball history.