Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. is an American baseball player. He is a former shortstop and third baseman in Major League Baseball, and played his entire career for the Baltimore Orioles from 1981 to 2001. A 19-time MLB All-Star, Ripken is considered one of the best shortstops to ever play the game. At 6’ 4” (1.93 m), he pioneered the way for the taller and larger shortstops.
Ripken played in a record 2,632 straight games, spanning sixteen seasons, from May 30, 1982 to September 20, 1998. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility on January 9, 2007. He retired in 2001, and paid for a new stadium in Aberdeen, MD. He is a part owner of the New York-Penn League’s Aberdeen IronBirds, the Short-season Class A affiliate Minor League Baseball team within the Orioles’ system.
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