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Free Resource (#533) - April 7th, 2008
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Farewell to Baseball Address

All around the country Major League ballparks will be buzzing with the sounds of spring as the 2008 baseball season kicks off. To celebrate the start of the season we bring you (courtesy of American Rhetoric) the farewell address of one of baseball's finest players ever, Cal Ripken Jr. Ripken played his entire career for the Baltimore Orioles and holds the record for most consecutive games played at 2,632. This speech can be played on streaming audio from American Rhetoric.

Farewell to Baseball Address

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