'The Ripken Way' for parents

Retired Oriole's book offers advice for moms and dads in the stands


When O's legend Cal Ripken was putting the finishing touches on his instructional book, How to Play Baseball the Ripken Way, in 2004, he decided that no tome on the modern youth game would be complete if it failed to address matters that transcended on-the-field techniques.

As a father and baseball coach, Ripken, who retired as a big-league player in 2001, was seeing too many grown-ups screaming at 8-year-olds, badgering their coaches, and in general ruining the fun the kids were supposed to be having, and devoted his final chapter to the subject.

Book signing Cal Ripken will sign copies of his new book, Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way, at the Books-A-Million store in Arundel Mills mall from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

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