From tennis world to Cal, a love game

September 05, 1995|By Sandra McKee

NEW YORK -- At some point today, Cal Ripken will receive a gift from Pam Shriver and her fellow players at the U.S. Open.

Shriver, an Orioles part-owner who plans to be at Camden Yards when Ripken ties Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games if her tennis schedule permits, will present Ripken with a framed 1995 U.S. Open poster signed by some of tennis' biggest stars.

From Pete Sampras: "To Cal, a class act on and off the field. Keep up the fine example."

From Jim Courier: "Cal, a true American hero, keep up the great work."

From Martina Navratilova: "Yo, Cal, Iron Man -- hell, it's more like Titanium!"

And then there was defending U.S. Open women's champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario's, who wants to make sure Ripken continues to have something to play for.

"To Cal," wrote Sanchez Vicario, "let's go for 3,000."

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