Cal Ripken, Sr. Baseball Stats and Facts by The Baseball Page
Cal Ripken Senior bio:
"... Let me start by thanking my dad. He inspired me with his commitment to the Oriole tradition and made me understand the importance of it. He not only taught me the fundamentals of baseball, but also he taught me to play it the right way, and to play it the Oriole way. From the very beginning, my dad let me know how important it was to be there for your team and to be counted on by your teammates." -- Cal Ripken Jr. on his father
Cal Ripken Sr. was a career minor league catcher in the Orioles farm system as a player. He went on to spend 36 years in the Baltimore Orioles organization as a player, scout, and manager. He went on to become one of the great teachers of his era, possibly of all-time.
"There's a basic way to do things, a fundamental way to do things. You have to know the proper way to go about it before you can do it properly. As I tell kids at my baseball school, perfect practice makes perfect."
He spent time from 1961-1974 as a manager in the Orioles minor league system developing talent and defining the term the “Oriole Way”. He was a coach on Earl Weaver’s staff during the Oriole glory days. Cal Ripken Sr. became an Orioles coach in 1976. By the time Earl Weaver retired, Cal Sr. took over the reins of the Orioles in time to manage his son Cal Jr. Unfortunately, after a 21 game losing streak he was fired only six games into the 1988 season. He was replaced by Hall of Famer, Frank Robinson who proceeded to lose 15 more games in a row.
He stayed with the Orioles organization and was the Orioles third base coach through 1992. He was the first manager to coach two sons at the major league level and while his managerial record with the Orioles of 68 wins versus and 101 losses left much to be desired, the man could teach baseball. The impact that his teaching had on minor and major league staffs as a scout and manager created a legacy that exists to this day.
Cal Ripken Sr. died in 1999 at the age of 63 after battling lung cancer. He was known to chain smoke, even in the dugout. He had a gruff no-nonsense voice that will be forever missed.
'He was a throwback to another era who sacrificed personal opportunities to labor in the vineyards and do more for the Orioles than they could ever do for him. He brought discipline, a no-nonsense instructional ethic and a working wisdom that prepared players for the demanding major league examinations that awaited. He asked no plaudits; he derived satisfaction from the results of his coaching and personal example.'
John Steadman, The Sun In Baltimore
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