The Ripken Legacy : Farwell

October 10, 2001

Cal Ripken said goodbye to major-league baseball on Oct. 6, 2001, 10 years to the day after the Orioles bid farewell to Memorial Stadium. Like the 1991 celebration, this one was filled with nostalgia and emotion. In pre-game ceremonies, Ripken's number was retired. A street near Oriole Park was named after him. Plans for a statue were announced. In a poignant moment for the family, a plaque of Ripken's late father, Cal Sr., was unveiled in the Orioles' dugout. The game was forgettable, a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox during which Ripken went hitless. Afterward, the Iron Man addressed the crowd, saying, "Tonight, we close a chapter of this dream, my playing career. But I have other dreams ... pursuing my passion for baseball."

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