1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #640 – Billy & Cal Ripken
‘The O’s Brothers’
It’s a family affair in Baltimore. 1987 was a long season for the Orioles’ manager, Cal Ripken, Sr., but he had to take pride in the play of two of his star infielders. They happen to be his two sons.
Cal Ripken Jr. is one of baseball’s true superstars. Last season, he hit 27 home runs and led the Orioles in runs scored (97), doubles (28), and RBI (98). He was selected to the American League All-Star team for the fifth time. Cal is also baseball’s Iron-Man. He has now played in 927 consecutive games. That is the 6th longest streak of all time.
Billy Ripken was called up from the minor leagues in mid-season. He played in 58 games – all as the starting second baseman. Committing only three errors all season, he wound up with an impressive .990 fielding percentage to complement his .308 batting average.
If Billy can continue to progress as he did this past season, he and Cal Jr. should continue to make their father proud of his Keystone Kids for many years to come.