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Eat Your Heart Out, Cal Ripken



“I admire him not only for his talent, but for his constant determination day in and day out,” President Clinton once said about Cal Ripken, Jr. “He’s been loyal to his team, his fans, the community and professional sports every phase of his career. His determination and talent has been great for baseball and America.” Ripken’s streak of consecutive games famously lasted for 17 years, but I’m more impressed by 84-year old O’s fan Justin Vitrano, who can boast of a 59 year streak — he has been to every single opening day game since the Orioles came to Baltimore.

Cal Ripken to Give Commencement Speech at University of Maryland Graduation



University of Maryland, College Park announced Tuesday that this springs commencement speaker would be Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. Ripken never went to college himself — he started playing baseball professionally right out of high school — but said he has “great respect for higher education and the great value it brings to young people.”