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March 25, 2014 | Luke Jones

13. Billy Ripken

Overshadowed by his older brother and father in the history of the franchise, Billy was the entertainer of the group and has gone on to find success in broadcasting as a personality unafraid to speak his mind unlike the more reserved Cal.

Billy was compared to Ferris Bueller by Cal in describing him growing up and how he’d eventually be the one to keep a major league clubhouse loose, but it was the famous 1989 Fleer baseball card that keeps people talking even 25 years later.

Though he attempted to explain what really happened several years ago, Billy obtained fame when he posed holding a bat with “F–k Face” written on the knob and the card was mistakenly released and rose in value to nearly $500 at one time. Always more of a loose cannon than his more famous brother, Billy Ripken has shown more than enough personality to land on our list of local sports goofballs.


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    Great work Luke. Actually was a great list and you didn’t miss a name. IMO.

  2. chris Says:

    GREAT job. I dont think anyone in their right mind would complain about this list. Watching the letterman clips with Art Donovan took me back. Holy Moly he was funny.

    On a side note, what do you think the back lash would be today if a player (just because he was also on the list, we’ll say Terell Suggs) went on a late night talk show and talked about a jewish guy beating him out in college and then making the reference to “those guys are supposed to be lawyers and doctors? It makes me wish we could go back to the 80’s and 90’s when people didnt get bent out of shape about everything.

    (L.J. – Thanks, Chris. I was thinking the same exact thing when I heard that portion of the clip. It was definitely a different era.)

  3. Phil Says:

    Nice job! I still get chills listening to the Decinces homerun call…seems like it was yesterday for a lifelong Oriooo’s fan as Eckman would say.

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