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University Speaker Series - Cal Ripkin Jr.

Cal Ripkin Jr.


Cal Ripken is baseball's all-time "Iron Man." He retired from baseball in 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His name appears in the record books repeatedly, most notably as one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995 Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played (2,130), and he voluntarily ended his streak in 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games. Although he finished his career at third base, he is best known for redefining the position of shortstop. In 2007 Ripken was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with the third highest percentage of votes in history.

In 2001 Ripken and his family established the Call Ripken Sr. Foundation. The foundation teaches life lessons through baseball to disadvantaged youth from all over the country. Most recently, Ripken has been named as a special envoy for the U. S. State Department, promoting teamwork and cross-cultural communication.

Among his many on-field accolades are: AL Rookie of the Year ('82), two-time AL Most Valuable Player ('83, '91), two-time Gold Glove recipient ('91, '92), two-time All-Star MVP ('91, '01), a world record 2,632 consecutive games, and 19 All-Star Game selections, In 2001 Ripken was honored when fans named his 2,131st consecutive game Major League Baseball's "Most Memorable Moment" in history.

Location: Show Me Center
Price: $10 General Admission, University tickets free with Redhawks ID
Sponsor: Show Me Center
Contact: Show Me Center Box Office
(573) 651-5000
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