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O’s Opener Honors Cal Ripken Sr.

April 5, 1999

BALTIMORE (AP) _ The Baltimore Orioles remembered Cal Ripken Sr. on opening day.

Before Monday’s game against Tampa Bay, the Orioles unveiled a large, orange ``7″ (Ripken’s number) in the third-base coaching box, where Ripken did most of his work in Baltimore.

In addition, the Orioles will wear a two-inch patch of the No. 7 on the right sleeves of their jerseys this season.

Ripken, who died March 24 of lung cancer at age 63, served 36 years with the Orioles as a player, scout, coach and manager. He also helped shape the career of one of the best players in franchise history, Cal Ripken Jr.

The team honored Ripken Sr., as well as several other members of the organization who died during the offseason, with a moment of silence before the game.

Former shortstop Mark Belanger, minor league outfielder Joel Stephens and video coach Jeff Nelson were also remembered. A video montage of Ripken was displayed on the center-field scoreboard as the sellout crowd stood silently.

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