Baseball’s “Iron Man” to accept award in Louisville on November 8th
Louisville, KY – September 17, 2013 – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will honor Baseball Hall of Famer and Baltimore Orioles great, Cal Ripken, Jr., with its 2013 Living Legend Award on Friday, November 8th. Ripken, Jr. will be recognized during a special ceremony that kicks-off the 10th Annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction.
“Cal Ripken, Jr., has always been an inspiring ambassador for baseball and really knew how to wield his Louisville Slugger bats,” said Anne Jewell, Executive Director at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “He is a true class act, a consummate teammate and one of the hardest working men in baseball. We’re excited and honored to recognize him with our 2013 Living Legend Award,” she said.
One of the true legends of baseball, Cal Ripken, Jr., began his professional career in 1978, made it to the majors in 1981, and quickly set a new standard for shortstops. Big, strong, and durable, he displayed power at the plate, grace in the field, and unrivaled perseverance.
He earned AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1982, won the MVP award in 1983 and 1991, and received a Gold Glove in 1991 and 1992. In 1995, Cal broke Lou Gehrig’s major league record for consecutive games played (2,130). Cal voluntarily ended his streak on September 20, 1998, after playing 2,632 consecutive games.
Using a Louisville Slugger P72 model throughout most of his 21-year career, Ripken amassed 3,184 hits, including 431 home runs. He holds many major league records, including most home runs by a shortstop and highest single season fielding percentage by a shortstop (.996). He retired from baseball in 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.
Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 with the third highest voting percentage in history, Cal Ripken, Jr., is baseball’s all-time Iron Man.
After his playing career, Ripken, Jr., has experienced great success off the diamond. He is a best-selling author, TV analyst and President and CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc., a company whose mission is to grow the game of baseball at the grassroots level.
Ripken Baseball owns and operates Ripken Experience youth complexes in Aberdeen, MD. And Myrtle Beach, SC. In addition, the company owns two minor league teams and Ripken Sports, a full-service design and build company that helps communities and organizations achieve their sports facility dreams.
Cal and his family established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in memory of their father. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps to build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people residing in America’s most distressed communities through baseball and softball themed programs.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be presented with Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s Living Legend Award. To be recognized by Louisville Slugger and included in the company with past award recipients is very special,” said Ripken, Jr. “Louisville Slugger has been a long-time partner of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and I appreciate all they do to support the Foundation in its goal to help our nation’s disadvantaged youth. I am eagerly looking forward to accepting the award in Louisville this fall.”
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has produced a limited edition P72 model collector bat autographed by Ripken, Jr. Only 100 signed bats are available and the cost is $250 per bat, which includes two tickets to the invitation-only Living Legend celebration. Proceeds from the sales of these special bats will benefit the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. For more information or to purchase a bat, please call 502-588-7271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past recipients of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Living Legend Award are Tony Gwynn (2012), Johnny Bench (2011), Ernie Banks (2010), Hank Aaron (2009), Frank Robinson (2008) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (2007).