Image Gallery http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/ Image Gallery An 8 year old Cal gets a drink with an assist from his father in 1969. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515539 43515539 The coach of the team showing a signed ball from the 1973 all star team that included Cal Ripken, Jr. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43514998 43514998 The 1973 West Asheville All Stars would make it to the Southern Regional Tournament in Gulfport, Florida. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43514999 43514999 1975 Aberdeen High School Yearbook cover. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515313 43515313 Freshman head shot from the 1975 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515310 43515310 1975 Aberdeen High School varsity baseball team. Cal would make the varsity team as a freshman. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515311 43515311 Cal played on the Aberdeen Junior Varsity Basketball team as well as the varsity baseball team. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515312 43515312 High School Freshman Year Photo. (Image Courtesy of "The Only Way I Know", by Cal Ripken, Jr.) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516751 43516751 1976 Aberdeen High School Yearbook cover. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=70075525 70075525 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=70075526 70075526 Sophomore head shot from the 1976 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=70075527 70075527 1977 Aberdeen High School Junior Yearbook cover. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515326 43515326 Junior head shot from the 1977 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515327 43515327 High School Junior Year Team Photo. (Image Courtesy of "The Only Way I Know", by Cal Ripken, Jr.) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515328 43515328 1978 Aberdeen High School Senior Yearbook cover. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515043 43515043 Photo from the 1978 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515045 43515045 Senior picture from the 1978 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515047 43515047 Photo from the 1978 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515044 43515044 Photo from the 1978 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515049 43515049 Photo from the 1978 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515050 43515050 Photo from the 1978 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515046 43515046 Photo from the 1978 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515051 43515051 Photo from the 1978 Aberdeen High School Yearbook. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515048 43515048 The Aberdeen High School Class of 1978. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515546 43515546 June 8, 1978, Washington Star article on Cal. (Image courtesy of Randy Kehr) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516630 43516630 Cal pitching for Aberdeen High School in his senior year. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516632 43516632 June 8, 1978, Washington Star box score. (Image courtesy of Randy Kehr) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516629 43516629 This clip is from the Associated Press Transactions on June 14,1978. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=66578565 66578565 A signed 1978 Bluefield program. With the signature of Bobby Bonner, who was called up to Charlotte before the season started, this is one of the earliest professional Ripken signatures in existence. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515547 43515547 A pocket schedule of the 1978 Bluefield Orioles, Cal's first minor league team. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515461 43515461 A pocket schedule of the 1978 Bluefield Orioles, Cal's first minor league team. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515462 43515462 The cover of the August 13, 1978, Sun Magazine. The magazine features a 3 page article on Cal and Tim Norris. (Image courtesy of Randy Kehr) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516636 43516636 Cal and Tim Norris leave the home where they board for a 10:30 practice during the 1978 season. (Image courtesy of Randy Kehr) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516633 43516633 A 17 year old Cal talks to George Fanning, General Manager for the Bluefield Orioles. (Image courtesy of Randy Kehr) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516634 43516634 Cal at the plate for the Bluefield Orioles. (Image courtesy of Randy Kehr) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516637 43516637 Picture from the 1978 season in Bluefield. (Image courtesy of "The Only Way I Know", by Cal Ripken, Jr.) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516750 43516750 A poclet schedule for the 1979 Miami Orioles. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=121989692 121989692 The flip of the 1979 pocket schedule featured the schedule for the Miami Amigos. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=121989693 121989693 Cal and Tim Norris during the 1979 season with the Miami Orioles. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515599 43515599 1 Charlotte O's pennant from the 1979 season. Cal would play 17 games with Charlotte after an all-star season in class A Miami. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=46121792 46121792 An action shot from the 1979 season. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515534 43515534 A picture of Cal Jr. receiving the 1979 Class A Shortstop of the Year Award from his father. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=70234049 70234049 Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515536 43515536 Press photo from the 1980 season. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515540 43515540 Cal exiting the bus in Charlotte after returning from Memphis as a Southern League Champion. Photo taken by Lib Shildt. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515545 43515545 Cat Whitfield's 1980 Southern League Championship ring. Image courtesy of Cat Whitfield. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53808195 53808195 Cat Whitfield's 1980 Southern League Championship ring. Image courtesy of Cat Whitfield. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53808196 53808196 Cat Whitfield's 1980 Southern League Championship ring. Image courtesy of Cat Whitfield. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53808194 53808194 Clipping from the 1980 Sporting News. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515549 43515549 A 1980 Charlotte Observer Newspaper article about a brawl between the Charlotte O's and Memphis Chicks. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515912 43515912 A 1980 Charlotte Observer Newspaper article about a brawl between the Charlotte O's and Memphis Chicks. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515913 43515913 The cover of the 1980 Charlotte O's souvenir program. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515679 43515679 The 1980 Southern League Champion Charlotte O's. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515844 43515844 A Charlotte O's Pocket Schedule from the 1980 season. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515697 43515697 A Charlotte O's Pocket Schedule from the 1980 season. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515698 43515698 A Charlotte O's cap signed by Cal Ripken, Jr. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516579 43516579 A Charlotte O's jersey worn during the 1980 Southern League Championship season signed by 15 1980 Charlotte O's. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=70074508 70074508 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516580 43516580 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=70074509 70074509 Game day insert from a 1980 Charlotte O's program. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515541 43515541 Game day insert from a 1980 Charlotte O's program. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515543 43515543 Zoom of the WBTV card info. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515542 43515542 Zoom of the May 30, 1980 entry. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515544 43515544 Given out as part of a 28 card team set on May 30, 1980, this is the 2nd toughest Ripken minor league issue to find. Although 1,400 sets were produced, fewer than 1,000 sets are believed to be in existence. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515696 43515696 This card was signed on the night of the set giveaway. Image courtesy of Clark Groce http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516156 43516156 Image courtesy of Clark Groce http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516157 43516157 This card was part of a lot that sold for $1,825 in November 2008. Image courtesy of Trevor Dovey. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516158 43516158 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516159 43516159 Considered the "Holy Grail" of Ripken cards, it is the rarest of all Ripken Minor League cards. The card was given out by Charlotte Police officers in the summer of 1980. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515632 43515632 The new "flip" that PSA began using to designate 1980 Charlotte cards in January 2008. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515421 43515421 The new "flip" that PSA began using to designate 1980 Charlotte cards in January 2008. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515422 43515422 Picture from the 1981 season. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515548 43515548 Cal receiving the award for the 1981 Winter League Team MVP. Cal would win the award again the following year. (Image Courtesy of "The Only Way I Know", by Cal Ripken, Jr.) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516752 43516752 Picture from the 1981 season. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515538 43515538 Picture from the 1981 season. (Image courtesy of the Rochester Red Wings, http://www.redwingsbaseball.com) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516259 43516259 Picture from the 1981 season. (Image courtesy of the Rochester Red Wings, http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516261 43516261 1981 head shot. (Image courtesy of the Rochester Red Wings, http://www.redwingsbaseball.com) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516262 43516262 Picture from the 1981 season. (Image courtesy of the Rochester Red Wings, http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516263 43516263 Picture from the 1981 season. (Image courtesy of the Rochester Red Wings, http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516260 43516260 Picture from the 1981 season. (Image courtesy of the Rochester Red Wings, http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516264 43516264 Cal Ripken, Jr., and Bobby Bonner during an autograph session in 1981. (Image Courtesy of "The Only Way I Know", by Cal Ripken, Jr.) http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516749 43516749 On May 3, 2009, Lot 1232 concluded for Cal Ripken Jr's 1981 Rochester Red Wings road uniform. The final bid was in the amount of $9,000 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516738 43516738 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516739 43516739 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516740 43516740 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516737 43516737 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516742 43516742 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516741 43516741 A Rochester Red Wings pennant from the 1981 season. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=141997531 141997531 A Rochester Red Wings program signed by Cal during the 1981 season. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=141997532 141997532 A zoom of Cal's signature from the 1981 Rochester Red Wings program. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=141997533 141997533 A pair of ticket stubs from the 1981 season in Rochester. Images courtesy of Chuck Zsolnai - I.S.A. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516085 43516085 A full ticket from the first 32 innings of the longest game in professional baseball history. 1,740 attended the game. Cal would go 2-13 and play all 33 innings. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=46121789 46121789 A full ticket to the final inning of the longest game in professional baseball history. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53818083 53818083 Dave Koza hit this baseball to complete "The Longest Game" in professional baseball history on June 23, 1981. The inscription reads, "Longest game in baseball history April 18-June 23. Pawsox 3 Rochester 2 R.I, 8 hrs. 25 min." http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=66578543 66578543 This baseball was fouled off in the 24th inning of "The Longest Game" in professional baseball history. On June 24, 2011, the baseball was auctioned by Leland's for $5,213.02. The final bid count was 33, which matched the number of innings played. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181949480 181949480 This baseball was fouled off in the 24th inning of "The Longest Game" in professional baseball history. On June 24, 2011, the baseball was auctioned by Leland's for $5,213.02. The final bid count was 33, which matched the number of innings played. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181949743 181949743 A display from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The display includes items from "The Longest Game" in professional baseball history. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181949447 181949447 A display from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The display includes items from "The Longest Game" in professional baseball history. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181949446 181949446 This wire photo, dated 06/23/81, shows Official Scorer, Bill George with his scorecard from "The Longest Game" in professional baseball history. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181949421 181949421 This Pawtucket Red Sox Press Pass is dated 6-23-81, the day ?The Longest Game? in professional baseball history resumed. The pass is signed by the following: Pawtucket owner Ben Mondor (since deceased), winning pitcher Bobby Ojeda, Dave Koza (winning RBI), Marty Barrett (scored winning run) and the two future Hall of Fame players who played in that game, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Wade Boggs. Image courtesy of Fred Young. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181985832 181985832 "Winning Incorporated" by Robert Ward, Sport Magazine. Article courtesy of Chuck Zsolnai - I.S.A. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516084 43516084 A 1981 payroll check to Cal from the Rochester Red Wings. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53807414 53807414 A 1981 payroll check to Cal from the Rochester Red Wings. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=53807413 53807413 A 1981 payroll check to Cal from the Rochester Red Wings. This check would be Cal's final payroll check in the minor leagues. Two days after the check was issued, Cal had his first MLB hit. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181949204 181949204 A 1981 payroll check to Cal from the Rochester Red Wings. This check would be Cal's final payroll check in the minor leagues. Two days after the check was issued, Cal had his first MLB hit. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181949203 181949203 With a production of 3,500 sets, this is the minor league card of Cal with the lowest degree of difficulty to obtain. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515754 43515754 An autographed copy of Cal's 1981 TCMA Rochester Red Wings card. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181986200 181986200 An uncut sheet of 1981 TCMA Rochester Red Wings cards. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515869 43515869 An uncut sheet of 1981 TCMA Rochester Red Wings cards. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515868 43515868 An uncut sheet of 1981 TCMA Rochester Red Wings cards. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515867 43515867 With a production of only 1,800 sets, this card ranks 3rd on the degree of difficulty to obtain chart of Cal's minor league issues. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=45872010 45872010 An autographed copy of Cal's 1981 WTF Rochester Red Wings card. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181986201 181986201 An uncut set of 1981 WTF Rochester Red Wings cards. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515978 43515978 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515980 43515980 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515977 43515977 http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515979 43515979 A signed letter of authenticity from Stephen Kozel, publisher of the 1981 WTF Rochester Red Wings cards. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43515976 43515976 A 1982 Topps Future Stars card #21 signed by Bobby, Cal, and Jeff. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516051 43516051 A 1982 Topps Future Stars card #21 signed by Bobby, Cal, and Jeff. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516052 43516052 A 1983 Charlotte O's souvenir program. The program features cards from the 1980 WBTV sponsored set and the 1981 team issued set. The 1981 set had the same appearance as the 1980 orange bordered set sponsored by the Charlotte Police Department. Image courtesy of the Bill Haelig Collection. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=57809362 57809362 A program signed the night I had the pleasure of meeting Cal Ripken, Jr. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516877 43516877 A signed picture from Cal obtained through the great people at Ironclad Authentics. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=43516878 43516878 1980 Team signed ball caught down left field foul line Cal's faded signature, wish it were better preserved but after 34 yrs what can I expect. http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189569328 189569328