One of baseball’s most legendary players visited a Roy Rogers restaurant in Leesburg Monday to help celebrate the company’s 50 years in business.
Cal Ripken Jr., baseball’s “Iron Man,” visited the East Market Street restaurant in celebration of the fast food chain’s 50th anniversary and in recognition of its partnership with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.
Throughout the day, raffle tickets were handed out to guests for an opportunity to meet Ripken. Those who didn’t get to chance to shake Ripken’s hand and get a picture with him were entered into a raffle for signed memorabilia. Mayor Kelly Burk and Councilman Ron Campbell joined to celebration to present a proclamation commemorating the milestone.
During his visit, Ripken also helped out with kids practicing baseball outside.
During his 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, Ripken earned the reputation of “Iron Man,” for his 2,632 consecutive games streak. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Since his retirement, Ripken uses the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game through Ripken Baseball and its youth complexes located in Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee, while placing a focus on giving back to underserved communities through the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.