Legendary "Iron Man" of Baseball
New York Times best-selling author
Founder of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, a non-profit for disadvantaged youth
Cal Ripken Jr. Speaker Profile:
Baseball’s “Iron Man,” Cal Ripken Jr. broke several professional baseball records during his 21 seasons, but none is as sacred as his consecutive-games-played record. Shattering Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,131 games by more than 500, Ripken displayed perseverance, endurance, and an everyday work ethic that endeared him to fans, transformed him into a national icon—and some argue, even saved baseball at its darkest moment. He is the author of 2004’s “Play Baseball the Ripken Way,” and “Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way: Ensuring the Best Experience for Your Kids in Any Sport,” along with “Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference.”
Ripken played shortstop and third baseman during his 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles (1981–2001). One of his position’s most offensively productive players, Ripken compiled 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. He was a 19-time All-Star and was twice named American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP). Ripken holds the record for consecutive games played, 2,632, surpassing Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 that had stood for 56 years and that many deemed unbreakable. In 2007, he was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and currently has the fourth highest voting percentage of all time (98.53%).
Ripkin is President and CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc., whose goal is to grow the love of baseball from a grassroots level. Since his retirement, he has purchased three minor league baseball teams. He has been active in charity work throughout his career and is still considered an ambassador of the game.
As a celebrity and sports speaker, Cal Ripken Jr. is the personification of leadership, commitment, and excellence. In a warm and witty presentation filled with stories from his illustrious career, he shows how these keys to his baseball success apply to the business world. He recounts lessons learned in both victory and defeat, and insights given to him by family members and Hall of Fame competitors alike. One of the most popular athletes of his generation, Ripken’s example inspires audience members of all ages to achieve their own brand of success.
For availability and speaker fees, please contact Cal Ripken’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.
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