Memories from Ripken Baseball
Story By Mike Janela (Guinness World Records Adjudicator)
Anyone who's played organized baseball as a kid has probably seen a pack of Big League Chew Bubble Gum passed around the dugout.
Remembered by millions as a iconic and indelible part of youth baseball culture, Big League Chew joined with the Cal Ripken World Series in 2014 to add another chapter to its lore: Guinness World Records title-holder.
With an international crowd of Big League Chew fans in attendance on the opening day of the World Series, a record-breaking 721 people broke the record for most people blowing a bubble gum bubble simultaneously, combining players from the 18 teams in the tournament with family, friends and fans.
"It was an exciting day to bring this title to the United States where Big League Chew is made," said George Stege, President of Ford Gum, makers of Big League Chew. "As the official bubble gum of Ripken Baseball, I can think of no better time or place to make history than at the opening day of the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series."
The previous title archived with 544 people was set June 6, 2013 by the Lester B. Pearson School in Aurora, Ontario, Canada.
Along with Stege and other Ford Gum executives, legendary Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken, Jr., who also participated in Babe Ruth League, wasw in attendance to watch the event and accept an official certificate from the Guiness World Records adjudicator.
"This was fun and the fact that the Guiness World Records officials were on hand to verify the record made it that much more special," Ripken, Jr. said.
"We knew we had a good shot at it, and it just goes with baseball," the icon continued. "We all coordinated to blow bubbles at the same time and it is cool to have a record right here in Aberdeen."