Cal Ripken Jr. was born on August 24, 1960 in Havre De Grace, Maryland. Named after his father Cal Ripken Sr. Cal Sr. coached professional baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. When Cal was young, he spent lots of time at the baseball diamond. He went to Aberdeen High School in Maryland. There he liked to play soccer but he liked baseball the best. Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2nd round of the 1978 amateur draft. He is plays shortstop. He is an influential figure in baseball telling young boys that anyone can achieve their dream. He achieved his dream by making it all the way to Major League Baseball. In 1983, he won the American League's Most Valuable Player award along with many other awards. He invented a helping center that teaches grownups how to read and write.