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Bill Ripken to Serve as Head Speaker for 2014 Leadoff Banquet

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COLLEGE PARK, Md.- The University of Maryland has announced that Emmy-nominated MLB Network Analyst and former Major League Baseball player Bill Ripken will be headlining the 2014 Maryland Leadoff Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The banquet will be held at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, home of the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

Tickets are priced at $100 for Home Run Club members and former players and $125 for the general public. Table pricing is to be announced. The banquet will commence at 7 p.m. including a live and silent auction, dinner and an address from Ripken. Participants are asked to Matt Swope, director of baseball operations at mswope@umd.edu for more information.

Ripken, a 12-year major league veteran, began his career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1987 following the footsteps of his father, Cal Ripken, Sr and alongside his brother Cal Ripken, Jr. This is the first and only time in Major League Baseball history that a father simultaneously managed both of his sons.

Ripken later returned to Baltimore for a year and played for Texas, Cleveland and Detroit. In 1988, he was second among American League second baseman with 100 double plays turned. Ripken led the Orioles with a .291 hitting average and 28 doubles in 1990.

As a second basemen, Ripken had an exceptional season with .9927 as his fielding percentage, the best of any major league second basemen that season. He ended his career with a .247 lifetime batting average.

Ripken was honored in the spring of 2002 for his achievements in Major League Baseball with an induction into the Maryland Sports Hall of Fame. Following his phenomenal big league career, Ripken joined his brother in the formation of Ripken Baseball and the Call Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

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