Cal Ripken, Jr. – 2009 Wooden Cup Winner

“The platform that baseball has provided me has led to wonderful opportunities and, at times, special recognition. Receiving the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup was a tremendous honor. Coach Wooden stood for integrity and leadership and I was honored to have met him. Receiving an award bearing his name had great meaning to me.”

Cal Ripken, Jr.Awards

Award / HonorTime(s)Date(s)
American League All-Star191983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
American League Silver Slugger Award (SS)81983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994
American League Most Valuable Player21983, 1991
MLB All-Star Game Most Valuable Player21991, 2001
American League Gold Glove Award (SS)21991, 1992
American League Rookie of the Year11982
Roberto Clemente Award11992
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award11992
Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year”11995
The Associated Press “Athlete of the Year”11995
The Sporting News’ “Sportsman of the Year”11995
Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award12001

Records and honors

  • 1999: Ranked Number 78 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players
  • 1999: Elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
  • Beat Lou Gehrig’s Consecutive Games Streak
  • 2001: Ranked third greatest shortstop all-time in the The New Bill James Historical Abstract.
  • 2001: Uniform number (8) retired by the Baltimore Orioles
  • 2007: Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by 98.53 percent of voters. The highest percentage of votes ever for a position player, as well as third highest overall.
  • 2007: Inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29 with the San Diego Padres’ great Tony Gwynn in front of a record crowd of 75,000 people
  • Most consecutive games played at 2,632 (World record until 2005, current MLB record)
  • Most consecutive innings played at 8,243 (World record until 2005, current MLB record)
  • Most grounded into double plays at 350
  • Most home runs by a shortstop at 345
  • Most double plays by a shortstop, American League, at 1,682
  • All-time leader in MLB All-Star fan balloting (36,123,483)
  • Most American League, MLB All-Star team selections (19) – 1983–2001
  • Most MLB All-Star Game appearances at shortstop (15) – 1983–1996, 2001
  • Most consecutive MLB All-Star Game starts (17)
  • Most plate appearances by one player in one game at 15 (Triple-A game tied with Tom Eaton and Dallas Williams).

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