**FILE** Violet Ripken (center), mother of Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr., throws out the first pitch of the Orioles game with the Boston Red Sox on October 6, 2001 at Camden Yards. Looking on are Cal Ripken's wife, Kelly, and their son, Ryan. (The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Violet Ripken (center), mother of Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr., throws out the first pitch of the Orioles game with the Boston Red Sox on October 6, 2001 at Camden Yards. Looking on are Cal Ripken's wife, Kelly, and their son, Ryan. (The Washington Times)