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Wanna buy Cal Ripken Jr.’s old truck?

Aug 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT


Cal Ripken Jr. is auctioning off his old truck, a 1994 Chevy Suburban that he drove to the ballpark the night he broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games record in September of 1995.

Hunt Auctions is running the bidding, which goes through August 28 and includes the following:

The winning bidder will receive first class airfare and lodging for two to Baltimore where they will be invited to attend the Sports Legends Museum Gala honoring Cal and fellow Hall of Famer Eddie Murray on September 5th as well as Cal’s statue unveiling at Camden Yards on September 6th. During this time they will meet Cal and receive the keys to the truck from him.

According to Ripken funds from the auction will go toward “helping kids and building fields.”

  1. bloodysock - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Show me the CarFax!

  2. cornfedhonky - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Best part about this story – it demonstrates how much times have changed. Cal drove true American iron, even during the heyday. If this were one of these idiots from today, they’d be auctioning off some German status wagen, probably “customized” with 49″ spinning wheels and an interior done in a south-of-the-border motif.

  3. Rich Stowe - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    is the truck overrated because it showed up for work every day no matter how it was actually performing too? or did it (unlike Cal) actually perform at a triple-crown level like Lou Gehrig during his streak?

    but it’s a great cause and that’s one thing Cal is great at – helping the community and being one of the best ambassadors of the game

    • alang3131982 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      Lou Gherig one won triple crown. he played first base. Ripken played a far tougher position against far tougher competition.

      To belittle one player against the other is absurd. Cal is one of the best players to play the game. So is Gherig. Aside from the streak, one has little to do with the other…

      • pjmitch - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        Please learn to spell

      • alang3131982 - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        Assume you mean me — i think i spelled most of the words correctly. however when i go fast i sometimes flip vowels and words. In addition i have a hard time spelling won. I always want to type “own.” It took me a couple of tries to type won correctly. I assume because i focused on it so long i reversed the order. Not sure if i misspelled anything else, but thanks for pointing that out, it made my day!

  4. heyblueyoustink - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    I’ll offer the blue book value, not a penny more.

  5. joshfrancis50 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I’ll sell you John Voight’s LeBaron.

    • foreverchipper10 - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      If the pencil is not in the glove box the deal is off.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    George sold you the LeBaron?

  7. yankeesfanlen - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    O if I can take it for a test drive

  8. jimboplyr625 - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Melky was always just slightly above average,this year he’s a monster;isn’t it obvious,gibson is right he should be banned period!!!!

  9. mybrunoblog - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Interesting that a multi millionaire kept the same truck for 18 years. Ripken is really a humble blue collar guy.

  10. bjbroderick - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Better check the back, don’t want to drive off with his Mom.

    I can’t believe 13 posts in and no Cal Ripkin’s Mom joke.

    HBT commenters are slippin.

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