Baseball bat used by Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. The bat's barrell has been signed by Ripken.
Shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. (b.1960) played Major League baseball’s Baltimore Orioles from 1981-2001. Ripken is known as baseball’s Iron Man as he holds the Major League record for most consecutive games played (2,130.)
1982’s American League rookie of the year, Ripken was a 19 time All-Star, two-time American League Most Valuable Player (1983,1991,) two-time gold glove award winner (1991, 1992) and a World Series champion (1983.)
With a lifetime .276 batting average Ripken amassed 431 home runs and 1,695 runs-batted-in over the course of his career. He broke New York Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games record, set in 1925, on September 19, 1998.
Following his career, Ripken has been praised for his charitable work. In 2007 he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.