Media Advisory: Legendary Major League Baseball Player Cal Ripken Jr. to Receive Smithsonian “Great Americans” Medal

April 12, 2018
WHAT:    Cal Ripken Jr. will receive the National Museum of American History’s “Great Americans”
                  medal following an on-stage conversation with Smithsonian Regent David M. Rubenstein.
 
WHEN:    Tuesday, April 17
                  7 p.m. media check-in
                  Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
 
WHERE:  Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
                  Warner Bros. Theater
                  Constitution Avenue N.W. between 12th and 14th streets
 
WHO:      John L. Gray, director, National Museum of American History
                 Cal Ripken Jr., chairman, Ripken Baseball Inc., founder, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation
                 and former Baltimore Orioles shortstop and third baseman
                 David M. Rubenstein, Chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents and co-founder and
                 co-executive chairman of the Carlyle Group
 
In a special ceremony, the National Museum of American History will honor legendary Major League Baseball Player Cal Ripken Jr. with the “Great Americans” medal for lifetime contributions that embody American ideals and ideas. Ripken Jr., baseball’s all-time “Iron Man,” was raised in Aberdeen, Maryland. He spent 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles beginning and finishing his career at third base. Ripken is still best known for redefining the position of shortstop. With his family, Ripken established the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to improve the lives of children in underserved communities. He also served as commissioner for the White House Tee Ball Initiative to promote teamwork and volunteerism. In 2007, Ripken was named Special Public Diplomacy Envoy to the U.S. State Department and in 2015, he was named Special Adviser to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on youth programs and outreach.
 
Note to editors: Media are welcome. Camera space is limited. RSVP by April 16 at noon to 202-633-3129 or machadom@si.edu.
 
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