Maryland's Own

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Cal Ripken's going into the baseball hall of fame.

Ripken, whose record streak of 2,632 consecutive games played stands as one of the landmark sports achievements of his generation, was named on 537 of the 545 ballots (or 98.53 percent), the highest vote total ever for an inductee and the third-highest percentage. He will be joined at induction ceremonies at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 29 by former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn, who was named on 532 ballots (97.6 percent). Tom Seaver holds the record for highest percentage of votes, gaining election in 1992 by being named on 98.84 percent of ballots.

Ripken was born in Havre De Grace, Maryland.