CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER
Cal Ripken, Jr. is baseball's all-time Iron Man. He retired from baseball in 2001 after a hall of fame career that spanned 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 shortstop position.
Over the years, Cal's name has become synonymous with strength, character, perseverance and integrity. And now, he uses that experience to build the game from the grassroots level, both on the field and off.
In 2001, Cal and his brother founded the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of their father. Since then, he has become an international ambassador for the game. All to forge the future of our game. The Right Way. The Ripken Way.
Growing up in a baseball family and enjoying a legendary 21-year Hall of Fame career provided Cal with experience that helped make him a New York Times Bestseller.
His first book, The Only Way I Know, provides insight into what makes him tick: his commitment to the game, his family, his career and his team. His next four books have touched on his unique insights into the game of baseball, the story of the 1988 Orioles team that started 0-21, and advice for how parents can prepare young athletes for sports and for life.
In 2007, Cal shared his insights on hard work and success that can be applied on and off the field.
Since then, Cal, with Kevin Cowherd, has authored a series of young adult books that uses baseball as a theme to address issues faced every day by kids who play sports. The fourth book in the series, Squeeze Play, was released in March 2014.
Though he's retired from the game he loves, that love for the game has never wavered. Today, Cal is a respected and influential voice with a 3 Q rating, and has been a spokesman for such notable companies as Bank of America, Nike, XM Satellite Radio and Chevrolet.
Cal has also developed into one of the most sought after corporate speakers in the industry today. His experiences in baseball and from learning the game The Ripken Way have provided him with a unique perspective on a number of topics, including perseverance, teamwork and leadership.
Baltimore Orioles, SS and 3B 1981-2001
Over a storied 21-year career, Cal accumulated almost every award and accolade possible.
Here are some highlights of his career:
- 2nd round draft pick of the Orioles in June, 1978
- 1982 American League Rookie of the Year
- 1983 American League Most Valuable Player
- 1983 World Series Champion
- 1991 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
- 1991 American League Most Valuable Player
- 2001 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
- 19-time All-Star (1983-2001)
- 2-time Gold Glove Award Winner
- 8-time Silver Slugger Award Winner
- Major League Record 2,632 consecutive games played