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Gwynn, Ripken strived to be role models

Originally Published: July 29, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Cal Ripken Jr.'s blue eyes gazed out the window as the bus neared the Hall of Fame induction ceremony -- where the biggest speech of his life loomed before him -- and it suddenly hit home that he would be sharing his day with more than just friends and relatives.

The veterans love to make the newcomers squirm, so the wisecracks became more pronounced with each turn of the wheels. "Look, the crowd is all the way back on the hill," said one established Hall of Famer. "I've ...

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