A reader sent this to us last night, and we want to share it with you: a baseball scout's 1978 evaluation of Cal Ripken Jr., then a high school senior—and a starting pitcher.
There's not a whole lot of information available on this story yet, but what is is crazy:
Everybody has a favorite sports urban legend. Some like the Rafael Palmeiro Sleeps With Ryne Sandberg's Wife one. Others are fans of the Kevin Mitchell Cuts The Heads Of Cats one. Our preference has always been the Orioles Canceled A Game Because Cal Ripken Couldn't Play Because He Found Kevin Costner Doing His Wife…
Heartwarming story about Orioles' umpires attendant Ernie Tyler who's about to miss his first game in 47 years to be at Ripken's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. [Foul Balls]
These two handsome gentleman were once called "athletes," fairly recently, which is kind of funny, when you look at them.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch appears to have jumped the gun on Hall of Fame voting results — and they don't have final totals — but it looks like there's no surprise: Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken are in ... and, obviously, Mark McGwire is out. (And likely not close.) Actual announcement in about five minutes.