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Chronology of Ripken's Streak
Posted: Monday September 21, 1998 12:50 AM
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Chronology of Cal Ripken's Iron Man streak, which ended Sunday at 2,632 consecutive games:
1982May 30 -- The streak begins with Ripken batting eighth and playing third base in a game against Toronto. Ripken played third base for the first 27 games of the streak.
June 5 -- Ripken's record streak of 8,243 consecutive innings, spanning 904 games, begins in a game at Minnesota.
July 1 -- Orioles manager Earl Weaver moves Ripken to shortstop in a game at Cleveland.
Streak: 118 games -- Wins A.L. Rookie of the Year Award after hitting .264 with 28 homers and 93 RBI.
Streak: 280 -- Plays every inning of every game for the first of four straight seasons. Won A.L. Most Valuable Player Award after hitting .318 with 27 homers and 102 RBI. Led the majors in hits with a club-record 211. Helps the Orioles to a World Series championship over Philadelphia, 4-1.
1984Streak: 442 -- Set A.L. record for assists by a shortstop (583). Hit .304 with 27 homers and 86 RBI.
1985April 10 -- In Game 444 of the streak Ripken sprained his left ankle during a pickoff play in the third inning of a game against Texas, but does not leave the game. X-rays taken after the game were negative.
April 11 -- Ripken does not play in an exhibition game at the U.S. Naval Academy
April 12 -- Ripken is in the lineup for a game against Toronto to keep the streak alive.
Streak: 603 -- Hit .282 with 26 homers and 110 RBI.
1986Streak: 765 -- Leads A.L. shortstops for fourth straight year in home runs (25), RBI (81) and runs (98). Batted .282.
1987September 14 -- Ripken's record innings streak of 8,243, spanning 904 games, ends in Toronto when Weaver inserts Ron Washington at shortstop in the bottom of the eighth inning of an 18-3 Blue Jays rout.
Streak: 927 -- Hit .252 with 27 homers and 98 RBI.
1988June 25 -- Plays in 1,000th consecutive game as Orioles visit Boston.
Streak: 1,088 -- After enduring an 0-for-29 stretch in April, the longest hitless streak of his career, Ripken hits .264 with 23 homers and 81 RBI.
1989August 18 -- Plays in 1,208th straight game to pass Steve Garvey for the third-longest consecutive games streak.
Streak: 1,250 -- Hit .257 with 21 homers and 93 RBI.
1990June 12 -- Played in 1,308th consecutive game to move into second-place on the all-time list ahead of Everett Scott (New York Yankees, Boston, 1918-1925).
Streak: 1,411 -- Commits only 3 errors in 161 games (681 chances). Has streaks of 95 errorless games and 431 errorless chances, both records for a shortstop. Hits for his lowest average (.250) for a full season, but still leads the Orioles in homers (21), RBI (84) and runs (78).
1991Streak: 1,573 -- Wins his second A.L. M-V-P Award. Ripken's 34 home runs are the most for a shortstop in 22 years. Enjoyed career-highs with a .323 batting average and 114 RBI.
1992September 11 -- In Game 1,713 of the streak, Ripken twists right ankle running out a double against Milwaukee, but did not come out of the game. As a precaution, the Orioles recalled shortstop Manny Alexander from Rochester of International League.
1993June 6 -- In Game 1,790 of the streak, Ripken twisted right knee when his spikes caught in the infield grass against Seattle. Though he did not come out of the game, the knee was swollen the next day. He said later, "It was the closest I've come to not playing."
July 15 -- Ripken hits 278th homer as a shortstop, most ever hit by a major leaguer at that position surpassing Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks' mark of 277, in game against Twins.
Streak: 1,897 -- Led major league shortstops in homers for the ninth time in the last 11 years with 24 and in RBI for the eighth time with 90. Led A.L. shortstops in assists (495) for the seventh time in his career, tying the A.L. record. Led A.L. shortstops in total chances (738) for the fifth time.
1994May 24 -- Hits 300th career homer in game against Brewers.
August 1 -- Plays 2,000th straight game as Baltimore visits Minnesota.
August 12 -- Players go on strike. Season is cancelled by owners one month later.
Streak: 2,009 -- Batted over .300 (.315) for fourth time in his career and drove in 75 runs. Led major league shortstops in fielding percentage (.985).
1995Baseball strike continues, placing Ripken's streak in jeopardy if owners use replacement players. Ripken vows he will honour the strike and not participate in replacement games for the sake of the streak. Orioles owner Peter Angelos adamantly refuses to employ replacement players.
April 26 -- On a belated opening day, the streak continues in Kansas City.
September 5 -- Ripken ties Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played as Orioles beat California 8-0. He receives ovation of more than five minutes from sellout crowd at Camden Yards when game becomes official in the bottom of the fifth. One inning later, he homers into left-field seats.
September 6 -- Ripken establishes a new record of 2,131 consecutive games played in a 4-2 victory over California. He again hits a homer, this time in the fourth inning. When the game becomes official after the top of the fifth, there is a 22-minute ovation for Ripken, who takes a victory lap.
October 1 -- Ripken concludes 1995 season by playing in his 2,153rd game -- a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Streak: 2,153 -- Received Sports Illustrated and Sporting News Sportsman of the Year Awards. Led all AL shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage and 100 double plays turned. Hit .262 with 17 homers and 88 RBI in 144 games.
1996May 28 -- Ripken enjoys his first career three-homer game and collects a career-high eight RBI in a 12-8 win at Seattle.
May 29 -- Ripken hits his 334th career home run, moving past Eddie Murray for first-place on the team's all-time list, in a 9-8 loss at Seattle.
June 14 -- Ripken plays 2,216th consecutive game in 6-1 win at Kansas City, setting a new consecutive games world record.
Previous mark of 2,215 was held by third baseman Sachio Kinugasa who played with the Hiroshima Carp in Japan's Central League.
July 15 -- Ripken starts at third base for the first time since June 30, 1982 as the Orioles beat Toronto, 8-6, at Camden Yards. He had made 2,216 consecutive starts at shortstop, a major league record at any position.
August 9 -- Ripken registers 2,500th career hit, a single off Chicago's Bill Simas, in a 4-3 loss to the White Sox.
September 29 -- Plays in 163rd game of season in a 4-1 loss at Toronto to extend consecutive games streak to 2,316 games.
Streak: 2,316 -- Starter on the AL All-Star team for the 13th consecutive season. Surpassed 100 RBI for the fourth time in his career. Hit .278 with 26 homers and 102 RBI.
1997April 2 -- Ripken opens the 1997 season at third base to extend his consecutive games streak to 2,317. He homers to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead over the Kansas City Royals.
July 8 -- Plays in his 15th consecutive All-Star Game, and first at third base.
July 20 -- Drew his third career ejection when umpire Al Clark tossed him after a strikeout call.
Streak: 2,478 games -- Since breaking Gehrig's streak, he has played in 346 straight games, which would be the second longest streak in baseball behind Jeff Bagwell (351). Finished with a 6-for-36 slump, but hit .270 with 17 homers and 84 RBI.
1998March 31 -- Bats fifth in the season opener against the Kansas City Royals.
April 25 -- Play in his 2,500th straight game as the Orioles host Oakland.
September 20 -- Not in the starting lineup for the first time since May 29, 1982. Entered the day with the streak at 2,632 consecutive games.
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