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The greatest baseball family gives us the most historical perspective.
The Ripkens, with Cal Sr. as the patriarch, contributed more to the history of the game than any other baseball family.
Cal Ripken, Sr. spent 36 years in the Baltimore Orioles organization, and served as Orioles manager in 1987, when he became the only manager in baseball history to manage his two sons: Cal Ripken, Jr. and Billy Ripken.
Billy Ripken played for 12 seasons, including seven for Baltimore, three for Texas, and one for Cleveland and Detroit.
Cal Ripken, Jr. broke into the big leagues in 1981 and played 21 seasons. He is remembered most for breaking Lou Gherig's record of consecutive games played, playing in his 2,131st game on September 6, 1995.
Ripken was not only the "Iron Man" of baseball, but he put up hall-of-fame numbers. He was the 1982 American League Rookie of the Year, an amazing 19-time American League All-Star, and a two-time A.L. MVP (1983 and 1991). He finished with a career batting average of .276, with 431 home runs and 1,695 RBI. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2007.