Baseball Icon Joins Habitat for Humanity in Joplin
JOPLIN (AP) -- A Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer hit some nails and shared advice to the delight of Joplin residents who are slowly putting their lives back together a year after a deadly tornado.
Cal Ripken Jr. and a group from Energizer were in town Wednesday to help the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity rebuild a home destroyed in the May 22 storm. It was the company's first stop of a 13-city tour of volunteer projects.
Ripken played in 2,632 consecutive games to break Lou Gehrig's record as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. He has worked with Energizer for six years after retiring from baseball.
In addition to helping Habitat for Humanity with construction, the company donated $10,000 for the rebuilding effort.