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July 3, 2012
People involved with the Negro League were honored at Ripken Stadium before the game July 1. Pictured, front row from left, are Jimmy Bland, Terry Dean, Geraldine Day and Larry O'Neale; and back row from left, Ray Banks, Eddie Banks, Luther Atkinson and Keith Parker.
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August 24, 2014
For the 16th time this season, the Aberdeen IronBirds lost a one-run game Sunday, 3-2, in 10 innings to the Lowell Spinners, who took two of three from the IronBirds over the weekend. Aberdeen (22-45) begins its final week of the season Monday at Hudson Valley. The IronBirds play three at Hudson Valley and three more at Lowell to conclude its road season. Aberdeen will be back at Ripken Stadium Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 with two games against Hudson Valley. The Spinners wasted no time getting to Aberdeen starter Matthew Grimes.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
TNA Impact Wrestling is bringing a "BaseBrawl" show to Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on July 20. Expected to appear fromTNA Impact Wrestling, as seen on Spike TV: Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle; Rob Van Dam, "The Whole Show"; Jeff Hardy "The Charismatic Enigma"; Mr. Anderson; and Bobby Roode, among others. There's no word on whetherCal Ripken Jr.and Billy Ripken will suit up as a tag team. The show begins at 7:30 and the loudest fans will be invited backstage. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 410-297-9292.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
Despite a slow start to the season away from Ripken Stadium, short-season Single-A Aberdeen will receive a lot of attention when the club returns home this weekend. After going 1-5 on a six-game road trip to begin the year, the IronBirds will host Brooklyn in a 7:35 p.m. game Friday. On Saturday night, top prospect Dylan Bundy will pitch for Aberdeen. And there will be a new "Ripken orange" glow in the outfield. The IronBirds, who changed their colors this season to match the Orioles' orange-and-black scheme , completed the installation of orange padding -- called "Ripken orange" in a news release -- on the outfield fence at the ballpark Thursday.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 11, 2013
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will host its inaugural "Streak Thru Aberdeen" 7K Run at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on Friday, Sept. 6 - the anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played streak. Proceeds from the 7K will support Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation programs, which help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America's most distressed communities through sports-themed programming. "The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation is thrilled to host the first-ever 'Streak Thru Aberdeen' run on September 6," Steve Salem, president of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, said in a press release.
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By Aaron Dodson, Cody Goodwin and Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Ripken Stadium - home of the Aberdeen IronBirds - was transformed into a wrestling arena Sunday night for the latest stop on TNA's Impact World Tour. In case you missed it, three dedicated and talented Baltimore Sun summer interns were there to provide a running, retroactive commentary of the event. Here's the account from Aaron Dodson , Cody Goodwin  and Trevor Hass , with time noted on each post:   Aaron 5:22    A Jay Z song is playing that I can't remember the name of for some reason.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | March 25, 2007
The minor league Ripken Stadium, which opened to acclaim and sold-out games five years ago, has proved to be such a financial drain to the small town of Aberdeen that the mayor now wants to sell it. Mayor S. Fred Simmons says that he has had conversations with several potential buyers but that the most promising involve the stadium's namesake: hometown hero Cal Ripken Jr., who owns the team that plays there, as well as a sprawling youth baseball operation...
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By Sarah Merkey and Sarah Merkey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 8, 2004
The lure of the immaculate turf of Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen extends far beyond IronBirds' minor league baseball, as fans of music legends Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson will prove Thursday. The two performers will give a concert at Ripken Stadium that night as part of their "Field of Dreams" tour. It is one of the many events that will transform the stadium into a venue that, while specializing in baseball, also dabbles in concerts, exhibitions, fund-raising events and, in late October, a haunted house.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | June 28, 2002
Ripken Stadium will celebrate another "first" tonight when the USA Baseball national team and the Japanese Collegiate All-Stars clash at 7 p.m. in the series opener of their 31st annual series. The five-game, five-site tour against Japan is the first step for the American team en route to the FISU World Championships in Messina, Italy, beginning on Aug. 3. Currently composed of collegiate freshmen and sophomores, the USA squad served as the nation's representative in the Olympic Games until 2000 when manager Tom Lasorda added minor-league pros to a roster that won the gold medal in Sydney, Australia.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,sun reporter | April 4, 2007
With talks under way to sell its minor league Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen's City Council is considering ways to delay writing a budget for the next fiscal year until the disposition of the money-losing facility is clear. Unloading hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual losses caused by debt payments on the stadium would drastically alter the outlook of the city's estimated $16 million budget, said Douglas R. Miller, the city manager. "What we're doing now is just kind of putting the budget preparation in neutral," he said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will make two more starts for short-season Single-A Aberdeen before he is re-evaulated and could join a higher minor league affiliate. Making his way back from Tommy John surgery last June, Bundy allowed one run with six strikeouts and no walks in five innings during his first start for the IronBirds on Sunday. The right-hander's next start is scheduled for Saturday at Ripken Stadium against Brooklyn. eencina@baltsun.com twitter.com/EddieInTheYard
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By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
Aberdeen IronBirds manager Matt Merullo sat down before his news conference at the team's media day Tuesday, cellphone in hand and eyes locked on the screen. Merullo, who is entering his second season as the manager of the Orioles' short-season Single-A affiliate, joked about what he did wrong at the beginning of last year's news conference: He forgot to put his phone on silent, and it went off as he as was talking. But what he did get right last year is something no Aberdeen manager had been able to do in the club's first 11 years.
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By Aaron Dodson, Cody Goodwin and Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Ripken Stadium - home of the Aberdeen IronBirds - was transformed into a wrestling arena Sunday night for the latest stop on TNA's Impact World Tour. In case you missed it, three dedicated and talented Baltimore Sun summer interns were there to provide a running, retroactive commentary of the event. Here's the account from Aaron Dodson , Cody Goodwin  and Trevor Hass , with time noted on each post:   Aaron 5:22    A Jay Z song is playing that I can't remember the name of for some reason.
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By Andrew Bahl, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
In a season full of stellar performances, Smithsburg starting pitcher Josh Miller saved his best for last. The senior tossed a complete game shutout and struck out 10 to lift the Leopards of Washington County to the Class 1A state championship, defeating Sparrows Point 9-0 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Pointers senior ace Josh Icenrode started despite a broken finger that sidelined him for two weeks. The injury appeared to affect his control; after walking only eight batters all season, Icenrode walked 10 against Smithsburg.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The high school lacrosse season concluded Wednesday night with the end of one championship streak and the continuation of another . Now the attention shifts to the track and field semifinals and finals -- which begin with Class 2A and 1A Thursday afternoon at Morgan State -- and continue through Saturday with finals in all classifications for track and field and championships for baseball, softball and tennis. Here's a quick look at what's in store for local teams through the weekend: Thursday Track and field Semifinals and some finals for Class 2A and 1A schools competing in the state track and field begin after 3 p.m. at Morgan State.
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May 21, 2014
Fourth-ranked Chesapeake-AA won, 6-0, against Gaithersburg in a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 4A baseball semifinal Tuesday at the University of Maryland campus. Chesapeake will play Sherwood in a championship game at Ripken Stadium on Friday. No. 5 North Harford 8, La Plata 2: A two-run rally in the seventh inning wasn't enough for the Warriors, and the Hawks won a Class 3A semifinal at Joe Cannon Stadium to advance to a championship game against Reservoir at Ripken Stadium on Saturday.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun reporter | September 17, 2007
The board that manages Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen will study assessing a $2 per car parking fee for minor league baseball games and other events, part of an effort to solve financial woes the ballpark has created for the city. The seven-member Ripken Stadium Management Board formed a subcommittee to look into the possibility last week. Though IronBirds baseball games have been sold out since the 6,000-seat ballpark opened in 2002, the stadium has been a financial drain for the city. The Harford County community owes $6.7 million in stadium-related debt, and millions in interest, on a payment schedule stretching to 2022.
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By Rich Scherr and For The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
A pair of upsets on final day of the regular season will go a long way in shaping the upcoming Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference baseball tournament. After starting Wednesday in a four-way tie for first place, No. 3 Archbishop Spalding wrapped up the league's No. 1 seed with a 3-2 win over John Carroll, earning the Cavaliers a first-round bye in the double-elimination tournament, which begins Friday. No. 9 Archbishop Curley locked up the No. 2 seed, and the other bye, by upending No. 2 Calvert Hall, the defending A Conference champion, 6-2. And No. 7 St. Paul's, which could've clinched the top seed with a win, instead fell back to the No. 4 seed after losing to unranked Loyola, 9-5.  The wild day set up a tournament schedule that looks like this:   Friday No. 6-seed Gilman at No. 3-seed Calvert Hall No. 5-seed Mount St. Joseph at No. 4 seed St. Paul's Monday Gilman/Calvert Hall winner at No. 2-seed Archbishop Curley Mount St. Joseph/St.
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By Barbara Pash | May 7, 2014
On Tuesday, the sky a clear blue, the temperature in the 70s with just the right bit of breeze, the beautiful day served as the backdrop for a heartwarming event at St. Paul's School for Girls in Lutherville. For the ninth year in a row, the private school hosted League of Dreams Day during which St. Paul's girls play a baseball game with students from Ridge Ruxton School, a Baltimore County public school in Towson for special needs young people, ages 3 to 21. "Our school is committed to being a partner with the Baltimore disabled community," said LuAnn Blackman, St. Paul's 11th-grade dean, a math teacher and moderator of the St. Paul's Club for Students for Disability Awareness, which organized the event.
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