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Name: Cal Ripken, Jr.                                                                 
Born: August 24, 1960 Havre de Grace, Maryland                                         
Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. (born August 24, 1960 in Havre de Grace, Maryland),           
commonly known as Cal or Cal Jr., is a Hall of Fame shortstop and third baseman       
in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Baltimore Orioles       
from 1981 to 2001. A 19-time MLB All-Star, Ripken is considered one of the best       
shortstops to ever play the game. At 6' 4" (1.93 m), he pioneered the way for         
the taller and larger shortstops. He was raised in Havre de Grace, a                   
town near Aberdeen, Maryland, by a baseball family. His father, Cal Sr., was a         
long-time coach in baseball who managed the Orioles in the late 1980s. Ripken         
attended Aberdeen High School as did his brother Billy, who later played second       
base for various teams, including the Orioles. He has two other siblings, Elly         
and Fred. He is married to the former Kelly Geer and has a daughter, Rachel,           
born in 1989 and a son, Ryan, born in 1993.                                           
Ripken earned the nickname "Iron Man", doggedly remaining in the lineup,               
despite numerous minor injuries. He played in a record 2,632 straight games           
spanning sixteen seasons, from May 30, 1982 to September 20, 1998. He played his       
2131st consecutive game on September 6, 1995, against the California Angels,           
breaking the 56-year-old record set by the "Iron Horse" Lou Gehrig, the               
legendary New York Yankees first baseman. Ripken hit a home run in game 2130 and       
game 2131, moving fans to the point that his 2131st consecutive game was named         
Major League Baseball's "Most Memorable Moment" in MLB history. Ripken was             
elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility on January       
9, 2007.