Continuing a Heritage of Helping
In 2001, brothers Bill and Cal Ripken, Jr. Co-Founded the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation as a tribute to their father’s devotion to teaching life skills and lessons through sports.
Bill Ripken is an Emmy Award-winning analyst for the MLB Network, appearing on their signature program, MLB Tonight, and across network programming. This 12-year veteran of Major League Baseball began his career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1987, under the direction of his father, Cal Ripken, Sr., and alongside his brother Cal Ripken, Jr. This was the first and remains the only time in Major League Baseball history that a father simultaneously managed two of his sons. After playing for Baltimore through 1992 and again in 1996, Bill played for Texas (1993-1994 and 1997), Cleveland (1995) and Detroit (1998). In 1988, Bill was second among American League second baseman in double plays turned with 110, and his .9927 fielding percentage in 1992 was the best of any Major League second baseman that season. In 1990, Bill led the Orioles in hitting with a .291 average and was tied for the team lead with 28 doubles. In the spring of 2002, Bill was honored for his achievements in Major League Baseball with his induction into the Maryland Sports Hall of Fame.
After his playing career, Bill joined his brother in the formation of Ripken Baseball, a company that works to grow baseball at the youth and professional levels. With world-class facilities in Aberdeen, MD; Myrtle Beach, SC; and, Pidgeon Forge, TN; and ownership of the minor league franchise known as the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Bill continues his direct impact on the game he loves. In 2009, Bill served as coach for Team USA during the World Baseball Classic. He is a published author, including instructional books with his brother Cal, and in 2018 published the highly acclaimed, State of Play, which breaks down the statistical measures used to judge ball players today in a way that makes sense to the reader and fans alike.
In 2001, Bill and his brother Cal Ripken, Jr. established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of their father. Cal, Sr. was a mentor to thousands of young ball players during his career, and while he focused on baseball, was building better and stronger individuals through a series of life lessons now carried on by the teachings of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
Bill and his wife, Candace, reside in Fallston, MD and have four children: Miranda, Anna, Reese, and Jack.
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Cal Ripken, Jr. is best known as baseball’s all-time Iron Man. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 after receiving the third highest vote total in the history of the game. Cal broke Lou Gehrig’s major league record of 2,130 consecutive games played in 1995. Three years later, Cal voluntarily ended his own streak after playing 2,632 consecutive games. He began his major league career in 1981, and quickly set a new standard for big, strong, durable shortstops. 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. This perennial All-Star retired from baseball in October 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, ending his incredible career with 3,184 hits and 431 home runs while shattering many records along the way.
Today, Cal uses the platform that baseball provided him to help grow the game he loves worldwide. He is Chairman and CEO of Ripken Baseball, which owns and operates several world-class youth baseball facilities as well as a minor league franchise in Maryland. He serves as a youth ambassador for Major League Baseball and was named an American Envoy to the U.S. State Department, where he has taught baseball to children around the world. He is a bestselling author, and you will find him out on the speaker’s tour regularly.
In 2001, Cal and his brother Bill established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of their father. Cal, Sr. was a mentor to thousands of young ball players during his career, and while he focused on baseball, was building better and stronger individuals through a series of life lessons now carried on by the teachings of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
Cal and his wife, Laura, reside in Annapolis, MD and between them have four grown children: Rachel, Ryan, Madison, and Trey.