Cal Ripken Jr. Biography
Birthday: August 24, 1960 (Virgo)
Born In: Havre de Grace, Maryland
Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. is an American retired baseball shortstop and third baseman, who was affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles of the Major League Baseball (MLB) for 21 seasons. During his career, he accumulated 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 runs batted in, becoming one of his position's most offensively productive players. He received two Gold Glove Awards for his defence and was named American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice and All-Star 19 times. A native of Maryland, he grew up all over US as his father was associated with the Orioles as a player and coach. Ripken began his professional career in 1981 and ended it in 2001 and never played for any other team besides the Orioles. Regarded as one of the best shortstops and third basemen in baseball history, he is the current holder of several records, including the consecutive games played (2,632) and the most home runs hit as a shortstop (345). In 2007, the year he became eligible for the accolade, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Ripken is also an author and businessperson and is involved with several charity initiatives.