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October 14, 2001|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

As if we needed further proof that Cal Ripken Jr. is a major mensch, comes a story from Towson dad Steve Vaikness. Steve was taking his 1-year-old son Timothy to his first-ever baseball game Oct. 4, the Orioles vs. the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Just the guys. Steve says his wife, Gengy, was very excited about this father-son adventure. So she dressed Timothy in a Cal Ripken jersey they had given him for his birthday, and made a sign for them to display, reading: "Hey, Cal, this is our first game!"

The two had great seats -- three rows up from third base.

"During the second inning when the O's were in the field, Cal noticed our sign," says Steve, "we could see him mouthing the words to let us know he was reading it. When he finished, he nodded like, 'Wow, that's great.' "

Steve was thrilled the Orioles great had even noticed them. But it got even better.

The next inning when the Birds took the field, Cal went directly from the dugout to Steve's section.

"He said, 'Hey, where's the first gamer?' " recounts Steve. And someone stood up in front of us. Cal said, 'Not you, the first gamer."

When Steve stood up, holding Timothy, Cal reached into his glove and tossed them a ball. Written on the ball: "First game, Cal Ripken, Jr. 10 / 4 / 2001."

"What a class act," raves Steve. "It was my son's first baseball game, and one of Cal's last. Any father would want his son to grow up to be just like him, whether in baseball or anything else."

Social Calendar

Oct. 16: "Memorial Stadium Heroes." Benefits Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. Meet 37 former Baltimore Oriole and Baltimore Colt players, hors d'oeuvres, open bar, dinner. Suburban Club, 7600 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets $175, $150 museum members. Call 410-727-1539, Ext. 3015.

Oct. 18: "Red and Wild Ball, Gambling New Orleans Style." Benefits Cahill Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment Center. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, live jazz, casino-style gaming. Grey Rock Mansion, 400 Grey Rock Rd., Pikesville. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets $65. Call 410-396-0259.

Oct. 18: "Baltimore County Business Awards." Benefits Baltimore County Chambers of Commerce and business associations. Networking, lunch, awards program, guest speaker Frank Adams, Grotech Capital managing general partner. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Rd. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets $40. Call 410-887-8000.

Oct. 20: "10th Annual LOTTA ART Benefit." Benefits School 33 Art Center. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, guaranteed work of art in lottery-style drawing. School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets $115 members, $125 nonmembers, $25 not including work of art. Call 410-396-4641.

Oct. 20: "Splash! 2001 -- Card Sharks." Benefits National Aquarium in Baltimore. Las Vegas theme, open bar, beer garden, martini bar, food stations from more than 30 local restaurants, live music, dancing, casino-style gaming. National Aquarium in Baltimore. 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Tickets $100, $125 VIP. Call 410-727-FISH.

Oct. 21: "Touchdown for the Homeless." Benefits South Baltimore Homeless Shelter. Beer, wine, food stations, local sports celebrities, live jazz. Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood, Cross Street Market, 1065 S. Charles St. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets $50 advance, $60 at door. Call 410-752-3241.

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