Meet Bill Ripken at the IronBirds Kick Off Celebration This Weekend!

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Bill Ripken to Participate in Children’s Book Reading at Abingdon Libraryon Saturday, March 4

Aberdeen IronBirds and Harford County Public Library “spring” into Spring Training season with baseball and books community event

Aberdeen, Md. – The Aberdeen IronBirds and Harford County Public Library have partnered to host a special book reading with Emmy Award winning broadcaster and 12-year Major League Baseball veteran Bill Ripken on Saturday, March 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Abingdon Library. Following the storytelling series, Ripken will be available for fan photos and autographs.

“The IronBirds’ dedication to the Harford County community extends well beyond the outfield walls, which is why we are proud to join our friends from Harford County Public Library to celebrate our common love of books and baseball. We are excited to see fans and fellow book lovers of all ages at the Abingdon Library, and hope to see them again this summer for the ultimate family fun experience at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium,” stated Matt Slatus, Aberdeen IronBirds general manager.

In addition to the kids book reading by Ripken, families will have the opportunity to meet the IronBirds’ beloved mascots Ferrous and Ripcord, alongside library mascots Tales and Tales Jr., as well as the opportunity to sign up for the IronBirds’ new Ferrous & Friends Kids Club. Kids 12 and under who register will receive a free IronBirds ticket each year for their birthday, free tickets to all 2018 Sunday IronBirds home games, as well as automatic preregistration for all Kids Run the Bases events each Sunday home game at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.

“We are grateful for the long-time partnership and continued support of the Aberdeen IronBirds and Ripken Baseball. Our libraries serve as the hub of our communities and programs like this offer new, fun ways to engage families in the love of reading,” said Mary Hastler, CEO, Harford County Public Library.

Attendees will also have the chance to purchase tickets for the Best Ticket Plan Ever!, which includes tickets to five sold out IronBirds games (including Opening Night or all Fridays and Saturdays), premium entertainment or fireworks at all games in the plan, plus an exclusive IronBirds cap. For every ticket plan sold at the Abingdon Library, the IronBirds will donate 10% of gross sales to the Harford County Public Library to purchase new books for children.

For more information, visit or call 410-297-9292. The Abingdon Library is located at 2510 Tollgate Road.

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