Cal Ripken's minor-league team will wear autism awareness jerseys
April is National Autism Awareness Month but the Aberdeen IronBirds don't begin playing until late June, so the team will have to wait until then to wear their special autism awareness jerseys.
On Thursday, the team revealed the jerseys for its annual autism event. They will be auctioned off after the game to raise money for a local autism charity.
The IronBirds are owned by Cal Ripken, Jr., who is no stranger to charity. After breaking Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played, Ripken set up a foundation to research neuromuscular diseases such as ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He's also involved in a variety of youth baseball charities.
- Dan Gartland