Cal Ripken Sr. Battling Cancer


Cal Ripken Sr., the long-time Baltimore Orioles coach and former manager, and father of third baseman Cal Jr., is battling lung cancer, according to his family.

Ripken Sr., 62, was diagnosed last week at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he has begun receiving chemotherapy, his wife, Vi, told The Sun.

"Doctors found a tumor on Calvin's lung, came up with a plan and started the wheels moving," Mrs. Ripken said. "The team of specialists seems very optimistic that this treatment will take care of the problem.

"It's not going to be easy, but they seem sure that this will be a success. It's a positive outlook, and we're pleased with the evaluation.

Ripken signed with Baltimore in 1957 as a catcher but soon turned to managing, spending 14 years in the minors.

His teams finished first or second on seven occasions, and he joined the Orioles' coaching staff in 1976. He was named manager in 1987, taking over a last-place team. He was fired in 1988 after an 0-6 start.

Ripken was the first in the majors ever to manage two of his sons, Cal Jr. and Bill, who was the Orioles' second baseman at the time. The three Ripkens appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1987.

That year, Ripken Sr. replaced Ripken Jr. late in a game, ending Cal Jr.'s streak of 8,243 consecutive innings played.

Ripken Sr. was rehired as Orioles third base coach in 1989, but was dismissed at the end of the 1992 season.

He now runs the Cal Ripken Baseball School, a summer camp for children, at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg.

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