Cal Ripken, Jr.
Born in Maryland, Ripken grew up travelling around the United States as his father, Cal, Sr., was a player and coach in the Orioles' system. After a fine career at Aberdeen High School, Ripken was drafted in the second round of the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft. He reached the major leagues in 1981 with the Orioles, whom he would play his entire career with. Ripken voluntarily ended his 17-year streak at 2,632 games in 1998. One of his position's most offensively productive players, Ripken tallied 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 runs batted in during his career, and he won two Gold Glove Awards for his defense.
Ripken is considered one of the best shortstops and third basemen in baseball history. At 6 ft 4 in, 225 lb., he pioneered the way for taller, larger shortstops to be successful at those positions. His durability was demonstrated in his record 2,632 games played. He is a member of the 3,000 hit club and holds the record for most home runs by a shortstop. He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
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