Cal Ripken Jr. visits Japanese youth

Updated: November 15, 2011, 11:04 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Cal Ripken Jr. took a message of hope and perseverance to Japanese children affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The Hall of Fame infielder, who earned the nickname "Iron Man" for playing in 2,632 consecutive games during his 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, put on a baseball clinic in Ofunato, Japan, as part of a nine-day mission as a sports diplomat on behalf of the U.S. State Department.

Some 70 junior high school students from schools throughout ...

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