The son of Orioles coach and former manager Cal Ripken, Sr.
, the brother of Cal, Jr.
, and the nephew of minor league outfielder Bill Ripken (1947-49), Billy played way above his abilities in his first season, hitting .308 in 58 games for his father. Showing good range afield, he remained Baltimore's regular second baseman in 1988 despite hitting .207 for new manager Frank Robinson
. Released in December 1992
, he played only 245 games over his final six years. Billy never matched his brother's durability, taking a total of 12 trips to the disabled list during his career. (ArB