I have seen Sr's autograph plenty of times, so I know this one is legit. I immediately put it aside once I saw it in the vendor's box, because I knew, if nothing else, this one was going home with me.
Ripken (b. 1935 - d. 1999) was a minor league player, coach and manager in the Orioles system for 36 years (from 1957 to 1992). Signed as a minor league catcher in 1957, he played in the Orioles minor league system until 1964. In 1961, he began coaching and managing in the Orioles system, starting with the Leesburg Orioles in the Class D Florida State League. He would reach the majors as a coach beginning in 1976, before finally becoming the Orioles manager in 1987.
As Orioles manager, he had a record of 68-101 (.402 win %). This was capped off by an 0-6 start in 1988 before being fired; that Orioles team would go on to lose 15 more games in a row, to start the season 0-22, a Major League record.
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