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I was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Asheville to be precise. It was a great place for a kid to grow up for sports as we had the Minor League Asheville Tourists, the Reds affiliate from the time I can remember (see “Why I am a Reds Fan”) and then in 1972, the Asheville Orioles. The Orioles were coached by a gentlemanly long-time Minor League manager named Cal Ripken. Ripken, as I remember, looked a lot like Captain Picard and ran the Orioles like a well-tuned space ship. The Orioles never had a losing season with Captain Ripken at the helm. That first year (1972), led by long-time Oriole outfielder, the speedy Al Bumbry and current Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, the team lost in the Southern League Championship. They sure were fun to watch and a kid fell in love. I remember watching Ozzy the Oriole, between innings, ride his four-wheeler out to the old wooden scoreboard to put up the numbers, much to the delight of the fans. Other Asheville Oriole alumni include the great Major League Baseball Hall of Famer “Steady” Eddie Murray, Oriole Hall of Famer Rich Dauer, "El Presidente" Dennis Martinez, and future Cy Young winner Mike Flanagan. In 1975, Ripken, an Oriole Hall of Famer himself, got a much deserved promotion to the Big Leagues (Ripken's 13-plus years in the Baltimore farm system is the longest tenure of any minor league manager in Orioles history). In 1974, Ripken’s last season in Asheville, his namesake, a 14 year old Cal Ripken, Jr. played Babe Ruth for West Asheville that summer. I played for East Asheville (well rode the pine as a 13 yr. old) and one evening, probably much due to his father’s position, we got to play a game against each other in historic McCormick Field, where the Orioles played. I don’t really remember any details of the game except at some point late in the game, there was an altercation between a base runner, a catcher, and a third base coach. Some punches were thrown and some of the members of West Asheville grabbed their bats and growled in a menacing manner. Needless to say, the game was quickly suspended and the kind authorities from the Asheville Police Department made sure everyone made their way. So I actually played in a game against the great Cal Ripken, Jr. and never got to shake his hand like all other ball players in the history of baseball and say, “Good game!” I know, sad story, right? Oh well, maybe someday I will get the chance to shake Cal’s hand and laugh about that game… What you don’t believe this story? Ask Cal himself. I bet you a cool Mil he remembers, too.
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