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Cal Ripken, Jr.

Artist
Rick Chapman, born 1966
Sitter
Cal Ripken, Jr., born 24 Aug 1960
Date
2001 (printed 2002)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 25.7 x 25.7cm (10 1/8 x 10 1/8")
Sheet: 35.4 x 27.7cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Rick Chapman and ESPN
Rights
© 2001 Rick Chapman
Object number
NPG.2003.18
Exhibition Label
Born Havre de Grace, Maryland
Cal Ripken, one of the great baseball players of all time, played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles-at the beginning and end of his career as a third baseman and for many years in between as a shortstop. Ripken is best known for his incredible "iron man" streak of 2,632 straight games (May 30, 1982-September 20, 1998), breaking Lou Gehrig's "unbreakable" record. Endurance aside, Ripken was also a hard-hitting infielder who ended his career with 431 home runs and 3,184 hits. He led the Orioles to a World Championship in 1983 and was a nineteen-time All-Star selection and two-time American League MVP. In 2007 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ripken, and the professionalism with which he conducted himself in breaking Gehrig's record, is generally considered to have "saved" baseball as the sport recovered from the disastrous strike season of 1994.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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