BALTIMORE (AP) _ Cal Ripken Sr., whose contributions to the Baltimore Orioles extended well beyond fathering and tutoring of one of the best players in the history of the franchise, died Thursday. He was 63.

He died around 4:15 p.m. EST at Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, the hospital said.

Ripken spent 36 years in the Orioles organization as a player, scout, coach and manager. He also found time to raise a family that included Cal Ripken Jr., who joined the Orioles in 1982 and set baseball's iron-man record, and infielder Bill Ripken, who also played in Baltimore.

``We always talk about the Oriole Way. Cal Ripken Sr. was the one who indoctrinated every one of us who came in,'' said Baltimore manager Ray Miller, who served under Ripken as a pitching coach.