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Baltimore Sports Memories: A Family Weekend to Remember 7

Posted on July 21, 2009 by Bill Welch
The author and family enjoying Cal Ripken Jr.'s last home game with the Orioles.

The author and family enjoying Cal Ripken Jr.'s last home game with the Orioles.

I was fortunate to have so many great memories and experiences during my 10 years with the Ravens Band (official name is Baltimore’s Marching Ravens) that it is hard to single out one or one group of memories.

However, I think the memory that stands out the most was a Baltimore weekend with my Dad that occurred less than a month after 9/11 in 2001.

I had purchased Orioles tickets early in the year once it became known that Cal Ripken Jr. was going to retire.  Of course the last Orioles game of the season sold out immediately.  The best I could do was the weekend before the last game.  It didn’t really matter to me because I was still going to see Cal one last time.

Then the tragedies of 9/11 occurred and the sports world stopped.
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