His baseball career spanned 21 years in which he won everything from Rookie of the Year to multiple MVP titles. He was a 19-time All-Star and multiple winner of the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. In 1995 his work ethic paid off when he broke Lou Gehrig’s record by playing 2,130 games in row. This is not a man with commitment issues. For this and more, Cal is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
There to see it all was, Jerry M. Wachter, the Orioles Team Photographer for 36 years. Sadly, Jerry passed away from a rare form of cancer in 2005, but his work lives on in the book, Cal Ripken Jr. | the photos. If you’re a fan or collector, check out the insider images that Jerry and his son, Scott Wachter, captured throughout Cal’s career. The book’s proceeds benefit the JW Fund, supporting Merkel cell carcinoma education and awareness.