ASHRM 2019 Closing Keynote: Cal Ripken Jr.

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Baseball's All-Time Iron Man to Speak About Leadership and Resilience

Cal Ripken Jr., baseball's all-time Iron Man, will deliver the closing keynote at ASHRM 2019 Baltimore. He retired from baseball in October, 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His name appears in the record books repeatedly, most notably as one of only ten players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. On July 29, 2007 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Cal received the 4th highest percentage of votes in history, collecting the second highest vote total ever by the BBWAA.

In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's Major League record for consecutive games played (2,130) and in 1996 he surpassed Japanese great Sachio Kinugasa's streak of 2,215 straight games and voluntarily ended his streak on September 20, 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games. Although he began and finished his career at third base, Cal is still best known for redefining the position of shortstop.

Ripken's name has become synonymous with strength, character, perseverance and integrity. In 1999, Babe Ruth League Inc. changed the name of its largest division (5-12 year-olds) from Bambino to Cal Ripken Baseball. Presently, over 700,000 youths play Cal Ripken Baseball worldwide.

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