Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Billy Ripken, 1988 Score Young Superstars 1 #20
On this date in 1987, Billy made his major league debut. His father, Cal Senior, was the first-year manager of the Orioles, and he made baseball history by writing the names of both of his sons into the starting lineup as the team's double play combo. Shortstop Cal Junior batted third, going 0-for-4 with a double play grounder, and second baseman Billy was 0-for-3 with a walk. The O's outhit the visiting Twins 8-5 but lost 2-1, as they failed to record an extra-base hit and went 1-for-8 overall with runners in scoring position. Frank Viola earned the complete game win, and Mike Griffin was saddled with a hard-luck complete game loss. Ron Washington gave the home team a third-inning lead with an RBI single, but Griffin was undone by a pair of solo home runs from Randy Bush and Gary Gaetti.