Cal Ripken Jr. is one of the greatest players in the history of baseball.
Being in the Hall of Fame can attest to that.
Ripken was unique in that he played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles.
He finished his career with a 95.9 WAR, 431 career home runs, and a .276 batting average.
He became known as the “Iron Man” thanks to him breaking Lou Gehrig‘s record of consecutive games started.
Today is a special day in Birdland, as Ripken celebrates his 62nd birthday.
On Twitter, the Orioles posted a few pictures of Ripken and wished their legend and baseball’s Iron Man a happy birthday.
Happy birthday to The Iron Man 🐐🎉 pic.twitter.com/LgnpmarvmM
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 24, 2022
Happy Birthday To The Iron Man
Ripken truly was a one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
In addition to his impressive career stats, he was a two-time American League MVP, an eight-time Silver Slugger, a Rookie of the Year, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a World Series champion in 1983, the year the Orioles last won it all.
He was drafted in 1978 in the second round.
He made his Major League debut in August of 1981 and instantly became a fan favorite in Baltimore.
His hard-nosed play earned him a ton of respect.
He also was a class act and was a true ambassador for the game of baseball.
Ripken was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 after a career full of success and great moments.
He was part of several great Orioles teams and became a legend in Baltimore because of it.
Ripken was and still is well loved in Baltimore.
The fans still love him and appreciate everything he did for the city and for the organization.NEXT: The Orioles Went A Long Way Between Primetime Games