Feb. 18, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - The UT Arlington baseball team got a treat Thursday night, the day before the Mavericks open the season with a three-game series in Houston.
UTA players had the opportunity to meet and mingle with Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., who spoke at UT Arlington on Thursday as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.
The Mavericks got to meet Ripken before he delivered his speech, The Keys to Perseverance, to a sold-out crowd at Texas Hall.
Ripken gave his speech, answered questions and signed autographs at Texas Hall.
Ripken played 21 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles. He is best known for breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games record, playing in 2,632 straight games. Ripken is one of just eight players to record 3,000 hits and 400 home runs in his career.