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.
Bankrate: 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.