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BILL
RIPKEN

CO-CHAIRMAN EXECUTIVE VP

ABOUT

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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, Jr. This was the first and remains the only time in Major League Baseball history that a father simultaneously managed two of his sons. After playing for Baltimore through 1992 and again in 1996, Ripken played for Texas (1993-1994 and 1997), Cleveland (1995) and Detroit (1998). In 1988, Ripken was second among American League second baseman in double plays turned with 110 and his .9927 fielding percentage in 1992 was the best of any Major League second baseman that season. Ripken led the Orioles in hitting with a .291 average and was tied for first on the team with 28 doubles in 1990.

In the spring of 2002, he was honored for his achievements in Major League Baseball with an induction into the Maryland Sports Hall of Fame.

After his playing career, Bill joined his brother in the formation of Ripken Baseball, a company that works to grow baseball at the youth and professional levels. Ripken Baseball owns and operates two minor league teams: the Aberdeen (MD) IronBirds, the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles; and the Charlotte (FL) Stone Crabs, the Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

In 2001 Bill co-founded The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in memory of the family's patriarch, Cal, Sr. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, working throughout the country with Boys & Girls Clubs, P.A.L. centers, inner-city schools, and other youth serving organizations supporting programs in America's most distressed communities. The Foundation has reached over 500,000 youth in communities in all 50 states.

Today, Bill is an analyst appearing across MLB Network's programming, including MLB Network's Emmy Award-winning signature program MLB Tonight. Bill joined MLB Network in March of 2009 and earned a Sports Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst category in 2013 for his work. In 2009, Bill served as the 1st Base Coach on Team USA during the World Baseball Classic.

Bill is also a best-selling author and sought after public speaker. In 2005 he and his brother co-authored Play Baseball The Ripken Way: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Fundamentals.

Infielder, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers 1987-1998

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Over a 12-year career, Bill played 912 games for four big league clubs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 11th round draft pick of the Orioles in 1982
  • 912 games in twelve seasons
  • Played every infield position throughout career
  • Career .985 fielding percentage
  • Led the American League with 17 sacrifices in 1990
  • Collected first RBI in MLB interleague play history


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
1987 58 234 27 72 9 0 2 20 4 1 21 23 .308 .363 .372
1988 150 512 52 106 18 1 2 34 8 2 33 63 .207 .260 .258
1989 115 318 31 76 11 2 2 26 1 2 22 53 .239 .284 .305
1990 129 406 48 118 28 1 3 38 5 2 28 43 .291 .342 .387
1991 104 287 24 62 11 1 0 14 0 1 15 31 .216 .253 .261
1992 111 330 35 76 15 0 4 36 2 3 18 26 .230 .275 .312
1993 50 132 12 25 4 0 0 11 0 2 11 19 .189 .270 .220
1994 32 81 9 25 5 0 0 6 2 0 3 11 .309 .333 .370
1995 8 17 4 7 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 3 .412 .412 .765
1996 57 135 19 31 8 0 2 12 0 0 9 18 .230 .281 .333
1997 71 203 18 56 9 1 3 24 0 1 9 32 .276 .300 .374
1998 27 74 8 20 3 0 0 5 3 2 5 10 .270 .321 .311