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  • Baseball a Third Parent to Cal Ripken, Jr.

    josh_elliott at Newsmakers1 yr ago

    Ripken helped construct a ballpark in his hometown of Aberdeen, Md., founded the Ripken Youth Baseball Academy, and recently penned “Wild Pitch,” his third novel for young audiences (with Baltimore Sun sports columnist Kevin Cowherd).

    “Wild Pitch,” like Ripken’s other books, tells the story of a talented child trying to find his way in the game of baseball. It is a subject with which Ripken is intimately acquainted; his roots in the game run deep, for in a sense, baseball was his third parent. Ripken’s father, Calvin, Sr., was a player and coach, and this was something of a mixed blessing. Cal, Jr. remembers, “It was kind of exciting to be around the ballpark. But really what a kid wants is your dad there. And baseball took him away from me…there was sort of a hollow, lonely part of…having a dad in professional baseball.”

    The young Ripken compensated, perhaps, by growing up to become one of the most renowned and respected players the game has ever seen. With over 400 home runs, over 3,000 hits and a record 2,632 consecutive games played, Ripken’s place in the firmament of baseball greats is secure.

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