Iron Man swings for our readers

Baseball’s Iron Man, Cal Ripken, Jr., is set to visit Grand Cayman. 

Sports enthusiasts of all ages will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience when the Hall of Famer visits Camana Bay on Monday, 11 March, at 7pm for the Cayman Islands launch of Cal Ripken Jr.’s “All-Stars: Wild Pitch”, the latest instalment in his bestselling series for children age 8 and up. 

The evening will begin at Gardenia Court, where Ripken will talk about his incredible 21-season career with the Baltimore Orioles. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as seating is slated to be limited. Following the talk, Ripken will sign copies of his children’s books and take photos with his fans at Books and Books.  

This free event is part of the Books and Books International Visiting Author Series, generously sponsored by Camana Bay. More than 100 writers and renowned authors from around the world have taken part in the series, including Salman Rushdie. 

Ripken’s books talk about the journey of Robbie Hammond, the Dulaney Orioles’ hardest-throwing pitcher and the coach’s son, and his struggles with the team and past failures on the diamond. Tired of disappointing his teammates and his dad, Robbie is ready to call it quits when he meets a player who has had to overcome a bigger challenge. 

For the record, Ripken was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire career (1981-2001). Nicknamed “The Iron Man” for his relentless work ethic and reliability on the field, Ripken is most remembered for playing a record 2,632 straight games over 17 seasons, shattering the record previously held by Lou Gehrig at 2,131.  

He was a 19-time all-star and is considered to be one of the best shortstops professional baseball has ever seen. In 2007, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, after earning the third highest voting percentage in Hall of Fame history.  

Ripken is CEO of Ripken Baseball Inc, a company dedicated to growing the game of baseball at the grassroots level. He also heads the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, which uses baseball as a tool to help underserved youth. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and two children, Rachel and Ryan. 

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