Fame & Fortune:
Some investments are risky, but they're
in his dream
the Ripken name.
For generations, it
has been synonymous with baseball, hard work and family values. Bill Ripken --
formerly known as Billy Ripken -- is the son of the late Orioles manager Cal Ripken
Sr. and brother of the retired baseball legend, Cal Ripken Jr. Bill himself played
in the major leagues for more than 12 years, half with his family and the Baltimore
Orioles, the rest in Texas, Cleveland and Detroit.
for spectacular defensive plays, Bill Ripken led all major league second basemen
in fielding percentage in 1992 and led the Orioles in hitting in 1990. He retired
in 1998, three years before his brother.
In 2001, Bill became the co-owner
and executive vice president of Ripken Baseball, the corporation
set up to handle the many business opportunities of brother Cal
Jr. Presently, the company has five subsidiaries: Ripken Baseball
Camps and Clinics; Ripken Professional Baseball, the Aberdeen (Md.)
IronBirds; The Aberdeen Project; Ripken Management & Design
and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. In 2004, Bill toured with his
brother to promote their book, "Play
Baseball the Ripken Way." Additionally, Bill is known as
an inspiring, yet self-deprecating, public speaker, rallying local
chamber of commerce meetings and corporate seminars alike.
Bankrate: You and your
family have made a commitment to your hometown of Aberdeen, Md.
How did you decide to do that?
Bill Ripken: Could
we have built our complex in other areas? Yes. But dad was the ultimate
in our lives, and he was from Aberdeen.
With all of your public service, have you ever thought of running for public office?
Bill Ripken: (Laughs)
Well, we've had snags or hiccups, you have that in any job, were
we've said, "There must be an easier way." I've really
tried to push my mom into running, but she wants no part of it.
There's never a 100-percent-smooth road. I try to make the case
for the good of the area. But, I compare the job of a politician
to being an umpire: Both sides will yell at you. Eighteen people on the
other side will be unhappy. And, most likely, you'll have at least
40,000 people in the stands angry with you.