Friday, July 27, 2007
Wine Honoring Cal Ripken Jr. Produced as Part of Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
Cal Ripken Jr. played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1981 to 2001 and along the way set the Major League Baseball record for consecutive games played at 2,632. During his 21 years in Baltimore he became known as one of the best infielders in baseball, while hitting .276 for his career and amassing 431 home runs. On Sunday, he will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. To celebrate the Orioles are throwing a party and handing out special bottles of Cal Ripken Jr. Wine.
Georgia Angelos, wife of Orioles owner Peter Angelos, has had a special blend of red wine from Charlotte’s Vineyard in Middlefield, N.Y., bottled with an image of Ripken and his number 8.
Just 700 bottles of the wine were made and will be given to guests attending a party Angelos is hosting in honor of Ripken.
Ripken, with 98.5 percent of the votes cast, and San Diego Padres Tony Gwynn, with 97.6 percent of the votes cast, both made it into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.