The name Ripken is synonymous with baseball. Just one mention brings certain qualities to mind: everything from passion and integrity, to perseverance and a commitment to family.
It all started with Cal Ripken, Sr.'s lifetime love for the great game of baseball. In all, Cal Sr. spent 37 years with the Baltimore Orioles organization: first as a catcher, then as a manager and company man. He dedicated his days to teaching the fundamentals of baseball, showing the value of hard work, and ensuring the future of the game was in good hands.
Cal Sr. passed his knowledge and skill down to his two sons, Cal Jr. and Bill, who played a combined 33 years in the Majors. Cal Jr. set a Major League record of 2,632 consecutive games played, and Bill owned a .985 career fielding average.
Now the Ripkens are committed to maintaining the values and experience gained from playing the game, while making sure there's a whole lot of fun along the way. By hosting events for players at three unique facilities, the Ripkens have promised to do baseball the right way: The Ripken Way.
Cal Ripken, Jr. is baseball's all-time Iron Man. He retired from the game in 2001 after a hall of fame career that spanned over the course of 21 seasons, all with the Baltimore Orioles. While he's best known for his incredible streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, he also redefined the position of shortstop.
In 2001, Cal and his brother Bill founded the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of their father. Since then, he has become an international ambassador for the game, and has focused on growing it The Ripken Way.
Bill Ripken began his career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1987 under the direction of his father Cal Ripken, Sr., and alongside his brother Cal Ripken, Junior. This was the first and only time in Major League Baseball history that a father simultaneously managed two of his sons.
After his playing career, Bill joined his brother in the formation of Ripken Baseball, and also became a co-founder of The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
In 2009, Bill joined the cast of MLB Network as a studio analyst, and has since been recognized as an Emmy Award winner for Most Outstanding Sports Personality.
Cal Ripken, Sr. signed his first professional contract in 1957. Over the next 37 years, he represented the Orioles as a player, coach, and manager.
Although he had a successful 14-year career, Cal Sr. will always be remembered for his love of the game and coining phrases like "Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect."
From building clubhouses and dragging infields, to driving the team bus, Cal Sr. dedicated his life to baseball. He spent thousands upon thousands of hours working on the fundamentals, instilling hard work, loyalty, team play, positive spirit, and integrity into his players, all rolled into a system that became known as The Ripken Way.
Today, Cal Sr.'s legacy lives on through his sons Cal Jr. and Bill, who continue to further their father's work to forge the growth of our game the right way: The Ripken Way.