Cal Ripken

When it comes to Cal Ripken, Jr. bats, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, by modern standards, Ripken bats are fairly tough to obtain. Rumor has it that Ripken was very protective of his equipment, and it was difficult for people to grab true gamers from the locker room or the bat rack. Unfortunately, this is how many modern bats are obtained; they are taken from the clubhouse and eventually make their way into the market. Second, Ripken preferred Louisville Slugger bats most of the time, even though he also has used a fair amount of Adirondacks through the years. Ripken was a fan of using either two-tone or solid, dark-colored bats throughout his career. Look for heavy cleat marks on the upper barrel; Ripken was known for banging his cleats with his bats while at the plate. This is one of the trademarks of well-used Ripken gamers. Ripken gamers are often found with his uniform number (8) in large marker on the knob.

Player Profile

Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. (August 24, 1960-) refined both the shortstop position - at 6’4”, he was one of the tallest ever at that position – and the “everyday player”, demolishing Lou Gehrig’s 56-year old consecutive games streak of 2,131, finishing with a seemingly untouchable 2,632 games to become baseball’s “Iron Man.” Ripken possessed all facets of the game, combining agility, power and durability; Ripken holds the record for most home runs by a shortstop and the highest single season fielding percentage at that position. Cal played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles (1981-2001) earning the 1982 American League Rookie of the Year Award, two Gold Gloves, eight Silver Slugger Awards and two AL Most Valuable Player Awards (1983, 1992). Cal had a career year in 1983 leading the league in hits (211), runs (121) and doubles (47) while batting .318 and capturing his first MVP Award. The 19-time All-Star was MLB All-Star Game MVP twice (1991, 2001) and he was a member of the 1983 World Series champion Orioles. Ripken, heroically, hit a home run in his record-setting 2,131st consecutive game and in the final All-Star game of his career in 2001. Cal Ripken retired in 2007 posting a .276 career batting average with 3,184 hits, 1,647 runs scored, 1,695 RBI and 431 home runs. Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

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  • (early career Cal Ripken bats sell for a premium)