Ripken Museum going on World Wide Web

MARYLAND WATCH

February 06, 1996

Cal Ripken is hitting the Information Superhighway.

A Ripken Museum site on the Internet's World Wide Web will allow fans to check out Ripken memorabilia and photos, meet Cal Sr., Billy and other Ripkens, take a virtual tour of the museum and visit Aberdeen, the Ripkens' hometown and home of the museum.

The Ripken web site (www.picgroup.com/ripken) -- now featuring basic information about the museum and details on becoming members of a fan club -- remains "under construction."

The Piccirilli Group, a Bel Air marketing and advertising firm designing the site, says the site will be greatly expanded in the coming weeks to include a wealth of exhibits on Cal Jr., the streak that shattered Lou Gehrig's 2,130-consecutive game record and the museum, among other things.

The museum, temporarily housed in Aberdeen's City Hall, is full of baseball and Ripken memorabilia donated by friends and family.

Charles Piccirilli, president of the firm, predicts that the web site will prove a popular one. "We know it's going to attract Ripken fans around the world," he said, "so we are especially grateful for this opportunity."

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