Hall of famer Cal Ripken Jr. was the featured speaker at this year’s Boys and Girls Thanks4Giving Gala that happened in Branson, Missouri on November 12 in the Branson Convention Center. During his speech Ripken gave some sound advice to the audience on what he believed was the keys to success are, which include having the right attitude, being competitive, having a strong will, and having a passion for what you’re doing. Throughout the evening, the 19-time All Star playing discussed some of the high points of his career and some of the obstacles he faced over the years, and how he came to achieve the MLB record of 2,632 consecutive games played.
The Grace, Maryland native is the son of the former coach and manager of the Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken Sr., so it is needless to say that he got involved with baseball at a very young age. Ripken Jr. was selected in the second round of the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft by the Orioles and that is when he decided to go straight from high school into a professional sports career. After three seasons on the minor league team, Ripken made his MLB debut on August 10, 1981 and stayed with them until he retired in 2001. In addition to baseball, the 1983 World Series Champion has also written over 30 books.
Ripken Jr. made an appearance as the main speaker at this year’s Boys and Girls Thanks4Giving Gala earlier this month in Branson, and the event overall was a huge success.
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Watch Cal Ripken Jr Deliver His Hall of Fame Induction Speech: