Baseball’s all-time “Iron Man” and an American icon. Raised in a baseball family his playing career spanned 21 seasons, all with his hometown Baltimore Orioles. After retiring from the game in 2001 he remained dedicated to baseball through the establishment and growth of Ripken Baseball and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
Over the years he has served as a spokesman for numerous brands, has been a national broadcaster and evolved into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers and authors in the country. He has traveled the world celebrating the game he loves at the grassroots level and continues to work with Major League Baseball and the US State Department to keep kids from all walks of life engaged with the sport of baseball and use the game to spread good will.
best selling author
International Goodwill Ambassador
BEST SELLING AUTHOR
Just Show Up
In JUST SHOW UP, Ripken shares the principles he has lived by: “Life is a streak—play the long game”; “Success and money are not the same”; “Play fair—win fair,” and others. Sprinkled throughout are first-hand accounts of his legendary father, Cal Ripken Sr., what it was like to keep the consecutive game streak alive, what it meant to bring the World Series to Baltimore in 1983, and simple yet poignant takeaways for anyone trying to forge a successful life in these chaotic times.
Drawing on sports, business, and a life well-lived, JUST SHOW UP is filled with Ripken’s no-nonsense, throwback wisdom. He honors mentorship, playing fair, and being stubborn about your principles—and tells great baseball and business stories throughout.
Best-Selling books on topics ranging from a an inspirational youth series to practical business advice.
8 Elements of Perserverance
Over the years, Cal has evolved into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers in the country. His speech provides audiences with reflections on hard work, and success that can be applied on and off the field, based on his 8 elements of perseverance and stories from his exhilarating career and life in baseball. Cal has spoken to Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, Amazon, United Healthcare and more. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Maryland, Princeton University, the University of Delaware and Johns Hopkins University and he has delivered the commencement addresses at Maryland and Delaware.
Cal’s stories offer easy comparisons to life in the business world, as he shares how his never quit mentality and approach to work pulled him through tough times during his career on the field. In 2020, these stories of persevering are needed even more as business leaders look for ways to inspire and motivate their work forces during challenging times. As organizations shift to host corporate meetings virtually, Cal has been sharing his words of perserverance through virtual Q&A and story telling sessions. To book Cal, please contact Leading Authorities.
During and post MLB career, Cal has served as a spokesman for numerous brands across many industries including Chevy, Coca-Cola, Wisk Laundry Detergent, Energizer, Kellogg’s, Transitions Lenses, LifeBridge Health System, John Deer, Roy Rogers Restaurants and Oppenheimer Funds. Due to his timeless popularity, stellar reputation, media appeal and commitment to partnerships, Cal helps companies drive growth through successful marketing and corporate campaigns.
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in the media
As a result of his deep understanding of and ability to breakdown the game of baseball, Cal has become a desired media guest and established media personality. From regular appearances on national sports and entertainment media outlets to being an integral part of the TBS MLB Post-Season broadcast team for a decade and having a weekly radio show on Sirius for years, Cal is a welcomed personality across the media landscape. Scroll below to see some recent media highlights:
Cal Ripken, Jr. is baseball’s all-time “Iron Man”, Hall of Famer and now … American business leader. Raised in a baseball family Cal's playing career spanned 21 seasons, all with his hometown Baltimore Orioles. After retiring from the game in 2001 he remained dedicated to baseball through the establishment and growth of Ripken Baseball and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Over the years he has served as a spokesman for numerous brands, has been a national broadcaster and evolved into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers and authors in the country.
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