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RIPKEN NAMED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAN OF THE YEAR
Published December 6, 1995
Cap Ripken will be named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated on Sunday, according to the Baltimore SUN. Peter Schmuck writes Ripken's breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak helped restore the "tarnished" image of MLB, and helped Ripken become "one of baseball's immortals." Ripken was reportedly chosen from a field that included Dolphins QB Dan Marino, Braves pitcher Greg Maddux and 49ers QB Steve Young. The last baseball player to win the honor was Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser, who in '88 broke Don Drysdale's record for consecutive shut-out innings (Baltimore SUN, 12/6). Ripken was spotted at the Hollywood premiere of the new Hugh Grant/Emma Thompson film, "Sense and Sensibility" ("Showbiz Today," CNN, 12/5).