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Cal Ripken Jr was born on 8/24/1960. He was a 4th generation Irish American. His Irish ancestors had the surname Oliver.

Cal Ripken Jr | County Donegal

Full Name: Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr.

Born: August 24, 1960 in Havre de Grace, MD

Irish Roots: Donegal

Family Name: Oliver

Surname Origins: Oliver derives from OILIBHÉAR, genitive -éir, Oliver; a Gallicised form of the Norse Ólafr or Óleifr, Almost always found in Ulster.

Accomplishments: 

  • World Series Champion
  • Most Consecutive Games
    Played (2,632)
  • 16th All Time in Base Hits (3,184)
  • 19X All Star

Honors:

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame (2007)

Biography

Cal’s 2x great-grandfather, William Oliver, was born in Donegal!