Baseball and Integrity: 4 of 4

Cal Ripken– Of all players in baseball history, the word integrity comes to mind when Cal Ripken’s name is mentioned.  From May 30, 1982 to September 19, 1998, Ripken played in every single game (2,632 games!).  That mark shattered Lou Gerhig’s “unbelievable” streak of 2,131 games.  Let me say that another way… Cal Ripken showed up every day for 16 years.  He set the bar for endurance… and did so with character, determination and encouragement (Philippians 3:13-14). Known as baseball’s “Iron Man,” he played 21 seasons in all with his boyhood hometown team, the Baltimore Orioles.  Ripken was elected as an All-Star 19 times (the most of any player), hit with power, won the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award and two MVPs.  He was just elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot and is considered one of baseball’s historical heroes.  Ripken and Ernie Banks are the only shortstops to have been selected to Major League Baseball’s All-20th-Century Team. Even with so many achievements, even more so it was his humility and loyalty to his team, his fans, and the game that inspired me and so many others.

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