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February 24, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Equipped with a chest protector and catcher's mask, Cal Ripken Jr. sat on a stool and allowed his young son to try to knock him off with a baseball. The Hall of Famer was having trouble getting his son to transition from plastic balls to hardballs, and this was his solution. "You have to use your brain," Ripken said. "I had to relate baseball to his world of fun. " And 45 minutes later, Ripken said, his son still tried to knock him off the stool. Now one of the nation's premier baseball instructors, Ripken will hold a coaching clinic Saturday at Strath Haven High School.
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June 19, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Cal Ripken, whose legacy was built on playing every day, will retire at the end of this season, his 21st with the Baltimore Orioles, Ripken told The Washington Post yesterday. Ripken, who will turn 41 in August, said he wants to spend more time with his family and devote more energy to his youth baseball endeavors in his hometown of Aberdeen, Md. He also said he hopes to one day run a major-league franchise. "It's inevitable that you can't play forever," he said. "I've maximized my window of opportunity as well as anyone.
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February 22, 2013 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Equipped with a chest protector and catcher's mask, Cal Ripken Jr. sat on a stool and allowed his young son to try to knock him off with a baseball. The Hall of Famer was having trouble getting his son to transition from plastic balls to hardballs, and this was his solution. "You have to use your brain," Ripken said. "I had to relate baseball to his world of fun. " And 45 minutes later, Ripken said, his son still tried to knock him off the stool. Now one of the nation's premier baseball instructors, Ripken will hold a coaching clinic Saturday at Strath Haven High School.
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August 24, 1995 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
A man identifying himself as Lou Gehrig Jr. called the Seattle Kingdome yesterday afternoon and threatened to kill Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken with a gun if he played in last night's game against the Mariners. Gehrig, who had no children, played in 2,130 consecutive games. Ripken, who played last night in No. 2,118, is scheduled to break Gehrig's record Sept. 6. A half hour before the game, Ripken had not been told about the threat, and it was not known whether he played with any knowledge of the call.
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November 10, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. last night signed a two-year, $3.4 million contract, beating the deadline to file for free agency. Earlier in the day, 18 players, including relief pitcher Juan Berenguer of the World Series champion Minnesota Twins, declared for free agency. Players who came to terms with their clubs yesterday were Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt; Ripken; pitcher Dave Schmidt and outfielder Jim Dwyer of Baltimore; catcher Bo Diaz of Cincinnati; pitcher Jim Gott of Pittsburgh; infielder Ed Romero of Boston, and infielder Mickey Hatcher of Los Angeles.
NEWS
September 4, 1995 | By GEORGE F. WILL
When Jeff Yates began his 13th NFL season, a teammate with a flair for parsimony in explanations said, "The thing that's kept Jeff around is his longevity. " What has kept Cal Ripken playing baseball without interruption since the middle of the Falklands War - May 30, 1982 - is that since then he has never come to the ballpark on a day when the Orioles had anyone who could play shortstop better than he can. Even if he didn't enjoy playing, which he does, he would do it anyway, every day, because that is what responsible grown-ups do: their jobs.
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September 22, 1995 | BY MIKE ROYKO
Everyone in my line of work can look back on columns they wish they hadn't written. That is how I feel right now about a piece I did on all the hoopla created by Cal Ripken's baseball record. I didn't denigrate Ripken's splendid accomplishment, but I pointed out that many lesser-known people have put in many more days on their jobs. And I invited readers to send me examples of this devotion to work. They did. My mailbox and computer have overflowed with reports of people with incredibly long, unbroken work records.
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June 2, 1992 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
How long ago was May 30, 1982 - the day Cal Ripken moved into the Orioles' starting lineup, never to depart? It was so long ago that the Phillies' starting double-play combination was Ivan DeJesus and Manny Trillo. It was so long ago that the pitchers who won games that day included Doc Medich, Jim Slaton and Buddy Jay Solomon. It was so long ago that Ferguson Jenkins racked up his 3,000th strikeout that week. The Brewers fired Buck Rodgers and made Harvey Kuenn the manager.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1995 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cal Ripken, a hero to baseball fans, is also an idol in the corporate offices at Score Board Inc., Cherry Hill, which markets sports cards and memorabilia. The company, struggling to reverse a string of defeats, is looking to the Baltimore Orioles shortstop, and other sports and entertainment figures, to hasten its comeback. Score Board's second-quarter earnings, released yesterday, showed some improvement over last year. Operating income was $1.1 million, up from a loss of $12 million.
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July 11, 1993 | By Dave Caldwell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cal Ripken Jr. is not a very big fan of Cal Ripken Jr. these days. Ask him how he feels about starting his 10th All-Star Game, before 46,000 adoring home-town fans who have made him a civic treasure, and the owner of a .216 batting average will stand silently at his locker in a corner of the Baltimore Orioles' clubhouse, frown, then pick out words not usually associated with Cal Ripken. Words such as embarrassed. Lucky. Backed in. "Personally," he said softly, "I'd feel a lot better about myself if I would have been playing better than I have been.
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February 24, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Equipped with a chest protector and catcher's mask, Cal Ripken Jr. sat on a stool and allowed his young son to try to knock him off with a baseball. The Hall of Famer was having trouble getting his son to transition from plastic balls to hardballs, and this was his solution. "You have to use your brain," Ripken said. "I had to relate baseball to his world of fun. " And 45 minutes later, Ripken said, his son still tried to knock him off the stool. Now one of the nation's premier baseball instructors, Ripken will hold a coaching clinic Saturday at Strath Haven High School.
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February 22, 2013 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Equipped with a chest protector and catcher's mask, Cal Ripken Jr. sat on a stool and allowed his young son to try to knock him off with a baseball. The Hall of Famer was having trouble getting his son to transition from plastic balls to hardballs, and this was his solution. "You have to use your brain," Ripken said. "I had to relate baseball to his world of fun. " And 45 minutes later, Ripken said, his son still tried to knock him off the stool. Now one of the nation's premier baseball instructors, Ripken will hold a coaching clinic Saturday at Strath Haven High School.
SPORTS
August 4, 2012
After struggling through 64 games, Johnny Damon's stint with the Indians is over. On Friday, the club designated him for assignment. Damon compiled some meager numbers after Cleveland signed him April 17: He hit only .222 with four home runs. He has spent most of his career with the Royals, Red Sox, and Yankees, but the 38-year-old has bounced around the last few seasons, playing with Detroit in 2010 and Tampa Bay last year. He has 2,769 hits but may be running out of time if he wants to make a run at the 3,000 milestone.
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December 15, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
WHATEVER else Cowboys running back and unabashed autograph hound Tashard Choice has learned this week, chances are he now understands this: There is a time and place for everything. TIME: Well, he could have chosen a better one than literally seconds after the visiting Eagles had beaten Dallas, 30-27, Sunday evening. PLACE: And he should have picked somewhere that was somewhat less conspicuous. But there he was on TV in full view of America. In what has suddenly become the second surprise signing of the week behind Cliff Lee rejoining the Phillies, Choice approached Eagles quarterback Michael Vick as he strolled from the field, handed him a white glove and Sharpie and asked for his autograph.
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April 20, 2010 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fashion police nab Maddon It there's someone in baseball who seems less likely to become a style-setter than bespectacled Joe Maddon, he doesn't come immediately to mind. But MLB's fashion police corralled the Tampa Bay manager Monday and charged him with inappropriate cold-weather gear. To be specific, Maddon wore a hoodie in frigid Fenway Park to enjoy the Rays' four-game sweep of the slumping Dead Sox. Baseball issued a memo last Friday saying managers and coaches could wear only approved jerseys or outerwear.
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March 9, 2008 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Think of the people with whom Jamie Moyer has played baseball: Cal Ripken Jr. Andre Dawson. Nolan Ryan. Ken Griffey Jr. Ryan Howard. Impressive. Still, the list of players he has pitched against is even more impressive. T. Scott Brandon from Port Angeles, Wash., put together a lineup of Hall of Fame players who have faced Moyer. Thanks to Brandon, we took it a step further. We asked Moyer about each of those Hall of Famers. Because we organized the lineup by position, we designated three of them as pinch-hitters.
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August 14, 2007 | Inquirer wire services
Barry Bonds said last night that he wants to play one more season because he still has some reachable goals before he is done. "Yeah, I need to win a championship and get 3,000 hits - that would be nice to [end] my career," said the San Francisco Giants slugger, who has 2,919 hits. Last week, Bonds broke Hank Aaron's career home-run record with No. 756. He is up to 758. Playing "after next year? I don't know," Bonds said. "I don't think so. " Placido Polanco of the Detroit Tigers set a major-league record for second basemen by playing his 144th straight game without an error in a 7-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
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July 29, 2007 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A record crowd that could surge to 60,000 is expected as two of the game's greats, Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn, are inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., today. Ripken, who played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles, is the all-time Iron Man. The former American League rookie of the year and MVP started 2,632 consecutive games from 1982 to 1998. Gwynn, called "Mr. Padre" after playing his entire career with San Diego, was one of the best hitters ever, an eight-time National League batting champ who always played with a smile.
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May 29, 2007
ON THE FIRST DAY of a recent homestand, Alex Rodriguez walked into an already bustling Yankee Stadium clubhouse and found three reporters waiting at his locker. "Be right back," he said, and given his past good relations with the media, there was no reason to doubt him. He returned 40 minutes later, but this time with an iPod in his ears, trying to pretend the three men standing in the same spot had disappeared. At one point, a clubhouse helper held the iPod while he dressed, and the iPod remained in his ears for the next 3 1/2 hours as the Yankees waited out a rain delay that eventually became a cancellation.
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January 29, 2007 | By Claire Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Ryan Howard off-season awards tour is all but complete - as is the Phillies first baseman's haul from his MVP season. Last night, Howard rounded out his collection of hardware in style, officially receiving the Kenesaw Mountain Landis National League Most Valuable Player trophy, the award voted to him by the Baseball Writers Association of America after his breakout 58-home run, 149-RBI campaign in 2006. Surrounded by family, manager Charlie Manuel and a large contingent of Phillies front-office personnel, Howard was presented the plaque at the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America's 84th annual dinner by no less than Tony Gwynn, an outfielder who is scheduled for induction into the Hall of Fame this summer.
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