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Let's Play Ball, Dad
Steve Wulf
March 22, 1982
Rookies Terry Francona of the Expos and Cal Ripken of the Orioles are chips off old familiar blocks
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March 22, 1982

Let's Play Ball, Dad

Rookies Terry Francona of the Expos and Cal Ripken of the Orioles are chips off old familiar blocks

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The Orioles had enough faith in Cal to trade DeCinces to California for Outfielder Dan Ford over the winter, and third base is his to keep or lose. "He's the kind of kid you want coming out of your organization every three or four years," says Orioles Pitching Coach Ray Miller, Cal's manager in Puerto Rico the last two years. "He's very intelligent, too, like a young Singleton. He's a low-key guy whose voice doesn't carry, unlike his father, but he'll make people notice him. I just wish he were my kid."

As for the father, well, Cal Sr. is downplaying the father and son stuff. "People don't understand how I can be a coach and a father at the same time," he says. "Why can't I? Hey, Eddie Murray is my son, Rich Dauer is my son. I have lots of sons."

Singleton, who, by the way, still cherishes his Tito Francona baseball card, says, "See what happens when you play pitch and catch with your son? My dad would throw with me when he was tired, and I'll do the same for my sons. They're five and three." In about 18 years, look for the name Singleton.

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