The pair wed in 1987 and have two children, Rachel, 26, and Ryan, 22. Ripken was a homegrown baseball star known for a low-key public persona, and his wife was a presence at Orioles games and a fixture at his side through decades of charity events and appearances. Together, they projected an image of a wholesome, low-drama couple — a rarity in the volatile world of pro sports.
“Kelly has been a great mother to two fabulous children and a wonderful, faithful wife for the duration of the parties’ relationship, which lasted more than 30 years,” her attorney, Sanford Ain, said in a statement. “This is a difficult time for her and she asks that her privacy and the privacy of her children be respected.”
A spokesman for Cal Ripken said his client would have no comment on the matter. Cal Ripken, whose stamina earned him the moniker the “Iron Man,” broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-games record in 1995 when he played his 2,131st straight game. He’s been renting a home in Annapolis, his spokesman confirmed, a development that was first reported by the local Capital Gazette.
Ain says the pair have been separated for some time and that Kelly Ripken, 57, “looks forward to the next chapter ” in which she plans to focus on philanthropic efforts, particularly those related to women’s health. Kelly Ripken, who has publicly discussed being diagnosed 30 years ago with Graves’ disease, a thyroid condition, is the co-chair of Johns Hopkins annual women’s health conference and is the namesake of the Kelly G. Ripken program for thyroid patients at Johns Hopkins.