Sneak Peek: Exclusive Interview With Hall of Famer Cal Ripken
Featured in September Issue of Tuff Stuff
By Scott Fragale
With this year’s National Convention being held in Baltimore, the one person atop every autograph seeker’s wish list was undoubtedly MLB and Orioles legend, Cal Ripken Jr.
But because of a busy post-baseball career that includes duties as an entreprenuer, television broadcaster and full-time father, getting Ripken to sit down to sign autographs these days is about as difficult as getting him out of the lineup was during his playing days.
Fortunately for fans heading to Baltimore, persistence paid off for this year’s National organizers and for those of us here at Tuff Stuff, as Ripken is scheduled to be among the Oriole-heavy autograph lineup at this year’s show and was also kind enough to take some time for the following exclusive interview.
Tuff Stuff: What are some of the business duties you have with Ripken Baseball (and other ventures) that are keeping you busy these days?
Cal Ripken: We have a lot going on at Ripken Baseball between our two youth baseball facilities in Aberdeen and Myrtle Beach and the three minor league teams that we own and operate.
I am still making the rounds on the speaking circuit and representing some great companies like State Farm, Cheerios, Comcast and more.
On the personal side I have been spending time with my family. Rachel (my daughter) is in college and doing great and Ryan (my son) is playing baseball and basketball. I helped coach his baseball team and they ended up winning the championship.
Tuff Stuff: Other than your incredible consecutive games played streak, what are the things you are most proud of that happened during your career?
Cal Ripken: When I started playing and made it to the big leagues I would have never dreamed that I would be lucky enough to play 21 seasons. It was a wonderful career. My most memorable baseball moment was catching the final out of the 1983 World Series. It represented the culmination of an amazing season with a great team.
The best personal moment had to be the night that I set the consecutive games played record. When I was pushed out of the dugout and did the lap around the field the celebration became very personal and very powerful.
For the rest of the exclusive interview, check out the September issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly.