Baseball's Iron Man, Cal Ripken Jr., said he will celebrate the 10 years since breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games record by doing something he enjoys -- giving back to the community.
Ripken Baseball Inc. will be selling "Iron Spirit Wristbands" for $2, with all of the proceeds going to support the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University. The fundraising campaign will begin July 13 and run through the end of October.
The retired Orioles all-star shortstop set the consecutive games played record on Sept. 6, 1995, with game number 2,131, in what he described as an "unbelievable night."
"It feels like 2,131 was just yesterday," Ripken said during a news conference at Sports Legends at Camden Yards yesterday, standing in front of the giant 2,131 banner. "It really provides a platform to do good. Hopefully, the community will benefit."
Ripken's streak ended on Sept. 20, 1998, when he removed himself from the Orioles' lineup after 2,632 straight games.
Signature series bracelets, which can be purchased in silver, titanium, gold or platinum, will also be available to commemorate the streak. Each bracelet, ranging from $500 to $5,000, will represent a game from the streak, with the most notable dates being sold through online auction. The bracelet will feature the date of the game and Ripken's engraved signature.
All proceeds will benefit research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Gehrig died of the disease in 1941.
An official 2,131 10th anniversary logo licensed by Major League Baseball was also unveiled Wednesday. The logo will be seen on the uniforms of the Orioles and Blue Jays players as well as on the bases and on-deck circle for the Sept. 6 game at Camden Yards; a 2,130 night will be held on Sept. 5 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen and a 2,131 night on Sept. 6 at Camden Yards. Both games will celebrate the streak with on-field ceremonies and other in-game promotions, such as the return of the 2,131 banners that once hung on the Camden Yards Warehouse.
The wristbands will be available at CVS stores in metropolitan Baltimore and Washington, Merritt Athletic Clubs, Aramark vendors at Camden Yards, and at Ripken Stadium.
-- From News Services