Babe Ruth League honors Ripken

July 07, 1999|By Jon Morgan

The Babe Ruth League Inc., a national youth baseball organization, is naming its largest division the Cal Ripken Baseball Division.

Beginning next spring, the 471,000-player division for youth aged 5 to 12 will take the name of the Orioles third baseman and his recently deceased father, a former Orioles manager.

The division is currently named "Bambino," a nickname of Babe Ruth.

At a Camden Yards news conference yesterday, Ripken said he hopes Cal Ripken division players will be imbued with the "Ripken way" of baseball taught by his father.

"It's a love for the game and a respect for the game and a responsibility to go out and do the best you can," Ripken said.

Ripken will receive no compensation for the use of his name by the nonprofit league. League president Ronald Tellefsen said Ripken and his father have been associated with the Babe Ruth League in the past through a chain of for-profit baseball schools that some Babe Ruth League players attended.

Ripken has shown interest in teaching baseball through camps as a major part of his post-playing career.

Pub Date: 7/07/99

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