Batting leader: Rafael Palmeiro (.310)

Home run leader: Rafael Palmeiro (39)

RBI leader: Rafael Palmeiro (104)

Wins leader: Mike Mussina (19)

ERA leader: Mike Mussina (3.29)

Notable: On Sept. 6, Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game to surpass Lou Gehrig's major league record. The Orioles drew 3,098,475 in 72 home games to lead the American League in attendance for the first time in history.

1996

Record: 88-74

Place: Second in AL East

Postseason: Lost to Yankees in American League Championship Series (4-1)

Manager: Davey Johnson

Most Valuable Oriole: Rafael Palmeiro

Batting leader: Roberto Alomar (.328)

Home run leader: Brady Anderson (50)

RBI leader: Rafael Palmeiro (142)

Wins leader: Mike Mussina (19)

ERA leader: Mike Mussina (4.81)

Notable: Outfielder Brady Anderson smashed through the club's home run record with 50, and the Orioles advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1983. Designated hitter Eddie Murray hit his 500th home run on Sept.6 — exactly one year after Ripken's record-setting game.

1997

Record: 98-64