Rewind: Live chat with Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.
Cal Ripken Jr. enjoyed an outstanding 21-year career in Major League Baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.
One of his crowning achievements in the game came on Sept. 6, 1995, when he broke Lou Gehrig's Major League record for consecutive games played (2,130). His streak ended at 2,632 games on Sept. 20, 1998, when he voluntarily took himself out of the lineup.
Ripken was a 19-time All-Star and is one of only eight players in history to hit 400 home runs and collect 3,000 hits. In 2007, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the third highest voting percentage (98.53%) in history.
After his playing days, he has focused his attention on many business interests, broadcasting, charitable work with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and growing the game of baseball at the grassroots level. He's also a best-selling author and a highly sought after public speaker.He'll be in Seattle next week to be the guest speaker at Seattle University's annual baseball dinner Tuesday night and keynote speaker at the annual Hutch Award Luncheon on Wednesday.
With the help of Tom Marra and Symetra Financial, the Ripken Foundation programs will impact over 1,000 at-risk youth in the Seattle area.
Ripken discussed his remarkable career in baseball, his charitable work around the country and much more in a live chat Jan. 27 on seattletimes.com.