Vi Ripken, matriarch of the famed Orioles household that features Corridor of Fame son Cal Ripken Jr. and as soon as the sufferer of a weird kidnapping, has died. She was 82.
ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Vi Ripken, matriarch of the famed Orioles household that features Corridor of Fame son Cal Ripken Jr. and as soon as the sufferer of a weird kidnapping, has died. She was 82.
Household spokesman John Maroon mentioned she died on Friday, a day earlier than her birthday, in Aberdeen, the place a youth stadium carries the Ripken title.
Violet and Cal Ripken Sr. married in 1957, and he spent 4 a long time within the Baltimore system as a participant, minor league coach and supervisor. He managed the Orioles in 1987 and early 1988, when sons Cal Jr. and Billy performed infield for him.
“We need to thank everybody for the large outpouring of affection in the direction of our mother and our household throughout this tough time,” the household mentioned in an announcement Monday.
“Mother was an unbelievable lady who touched so many individuals all through her lifetime. The void that she leaves in our lives can’t be crammed however what she gave us has formed who we’re right this moment and our recollections of her will final the remainder of our lives,” it mentioned.
In 2012, police mentioned she was kidnapped at gunpoint at her house in Aberdeen and pushed round blindfolded by her abductor. She was discovered certain and unhurt about 24 hours later in her automotive close to her house. The case was by no means solved.
Orioles nice Jim Palmer referred to as Vi Ripken “my Mother away from house” whereas taking part in for Cal Sr. in 1964.
“At all times so supportive to all of us. An enormous a part of the Oriole household,” the Corridor of Fame pitcher posted on Twitter.
Vi Ripken was concerned for a few years in native and charitable organizations within the Maryland space.
“We’re deeply saddened to study in regards to the passing of Vi Ripken,” the Baltimore Ravens mentioned in an announcement. “The Ripkens are engrained within the cloth of the higher Baltimore group, and Vi performed a major position in serving to set up their household’s sturdy legacy. We lengthen our heartfelt condolences to her kids and grandchildren throughout this sorrowful time.”
She is survived by sons Cal Jr., Billy and Fred and daughter Elly. Grandson Ryan Ripken, a minor leaguer within the Baltimore system, performed Sunday within the Orioles’ exhibition recreation in opposition to Pittsburgh.
“The Orioles mourn the passing of Vi Ripken, beloved matriarch of the Ripken household. We ship our condolences to Cal, Billy, Ryan, and their total household throughout this extremely tough time,” the workforce mentioned in an announcement.
Cal Sr. died in 1999.
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