Sunday, November 23, 2014

Autographed Card of the Week 11/23/14: Al Ripley (RIP)

Allen Ripley 1983 Topps Chicago Cubs baseball card

Allen Ripley passed away earlier this month. I thought I would share this TTM Success I got of him a few years back. I remember when I received this that I just thought "wow this is a beautiful autograph this is really cool" He was only 62 years young. It was a shame with all the deaths happening in baseball at that time with Taveras and the former A's pitcher Brad Halsey. I will always remember this TTM Success. Take it easy up there Allen. Rest in peace.

Allen Stevens Ripley
(October 18, 1952-November 7, 2014)

Here is his obituary written by his family:
Allen Ripley's obituary
Allen S. ‘Rip’ Ripley, 62
NORTH ATTLEBORO — Allen S. “Rip” Ripley, of North Attleboro, passed away at Mass General Hospital on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. He was 62.
Allen was born in Norwood on Oct. 18, 1952, to the late Walter F. “Walt” Ripley Sr. and the late Mary E. (Sullivan) Ripley.
Raised and educated in North Attleboro, Allen graduated from North Attleboro High School in 1970. He then followed in his father’s footsteps by pursuing his dream of pitching for the Boston Red Sox.
That pursuit started in 1972 when he was signed into the Red Sox farm system. He moved his way up over the next several years and finally captured his dream on April 10, 1978, when he made his major league debut for the Red Sox. He continued his career by pitching for the Red Sox in 1979, San Francisco Giants in 1980-1981 and Chicago Cubs in 1982. Allen’s finest season was in 1977 with the Pawtucket Red Sox, when he recorded 15 wins and only 4 losses which set all-time records for most wins, most consecutive wins and highest winning percentage in a single season, two of which still stand today.
Allen is survived by wife, Amelia Ripley; children: Erin Ripley, Eric Ripley and Lindsey Messier; grandchild, Emily Leary; siblings: Robert Van Ness, Nancy Laviolette and Walter “Skipper” Ripley Jr.; best friend, Dana Alger; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Allen was the brother of the late Raymond Ripley.
Family and friends are invited to come together in honor of Allen’s life on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 52 Bulfinch St., North Attleboro.  

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