Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/25/12

One of baseball's most prominent families survived a scare on Tuesday after its matriarch was abducted at gunpoint. Violet Ripken, the 74-year-old mother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., was abducted on Tuesday morning at gunpoint in Aberdeen, Md., The Baltimore Sun Reports. Luckily, she was found unharmed early Wednesday morning. The Ripken family released this statement on Wednesday morning. Per The Baltimore Sun: "As you now know, our mother was abducted at gunpoint from her home yesterday morning. This has been a very trying time for our family, but we are grateful and relieved that mom is back...

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