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Ultracompetitive Ripken changed the game

Updated: December 28, 2006, 11:39 AM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

A group of major league All-Stars played a celebrity softball game many years ago. After the game, the baseball players found a gymnasium and soon were locked in a highly competitive basketball game, which Cal Ripken dominated, especially around the hoop.

After the third game, outfielder Dave Parker, who was 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, looked at Ripken and said, "Damn, I've never been pushed around by a shortstop before."

CAL RIPKEN JR.

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