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. And though he had a successful 14-year career, Cal Sr.'s legacy will always be about more than wins and losses. Instead, he'll always be remembered for his love of the game. And for his many contributions to the way the game is played, including 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 future of our game. The right way. The Ripken Way.