cal ripkin was born and raised in Maryland and graduated from Aberdeen High School. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the second round of the 1978 MLB June amateur draft. He played shortstop and third base for the Orioles until 1983, when he won his first World Series championship and began his record-setting consecutive games played streak.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, Cal is using his legacy and the power of baseball to help grow the game from a grassroots level. He is a best-selling author and founded Ripken Baseball, which operates the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, a multi-faceted business that includes one minor league club (Aberdeen IronBirds), three world-class youth baseball facilities, and Ironclad Authentics.
In 2008, he traveled to Nicaragua with former Orioles teammates Dennis Martinez and Brady Anderson as sports diplomats and taught baseball to kids in Managua, Granada, and Leon. He and his wife, Laura, live in Annapolis with their daughter, Caroline. In addition to his philanthropic efforts, Cal is the host of The Baseball Show on ESPN. cal ripkin