The youngest child of Vi and Cal, Sr., Bill Ripken became the third member of the family to don the Baltimore black-and-orange after he was drafted by the Orioles in June of 1982. He made the major leagues in 1987, and along with Cal Ripken, Jr., became part of the fifth set of brothers to form a shortstop-second base duo. Cal and Bill ended up playing in 663 games together. This was the first and remains the only time in Major League Baseball history that a father simultaneously managed two of his sons. In all, Bill played in 912 major league games over 12 seasons for the Orioles, Rangers, Indians, and Tigers. Always a sound fundamental player, he led the league in sacrifices in 1990. Known as a great fielder, he hit 20 home runs in his career, including one – as he is quick to remind everyone – off of Randy Johnson. In the spring of 2002, Bill was honored for his achievements with an induction into the Maryland Sports Hall of Fame.
Since his retirement from Major League Baseball, Bill has helped run Ripken Baseball, the company he co-founded with his brother, Cal Ripken, Jr., in 1999. As the Executive Vice President, Bill is involved at all levels of the business, from pursuing new team ownership opportunities to offering his unique insight to the young ballplayers who come to camps each year at the Ripken Academy in Aberdeen, Maryland. In 2001, he and his brother Cal established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in memory of their father.
Through his work with these programs, Bill has become recognized as one of America's premier baseball instructors. He has also helped produce several Ripken Baseball instructional products with his brother Cal, including the bestselling book Play Baseball The Ripken Way and an instructional DVD series entitled Baseball The Ripken Way. In 2009, Bill was an Auxiliary Coach for Team USA for the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Bill hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM and serves as a Studio Analyst for MLB Tonight on the MLB Network throughout the baseball season.
Bill resides in Maryland with his wife, Candace, and their children, Miranda, Anna, Reese, and Jack.