1. Buddy Biancalana, Kansas City Royals, 25th overall

2. Rex Hudler, New York Yankees, 18th overall

3. Dave Valle, Seattle Mariners, 32nd overall

4. Larry Sheets, Orioles, 29th overall

5. Lenny Faedo, Minnesota Twins, 16th overall
Teammates forever linked to Ripken

1. Bill Ripken. They grew up in the same house and played next to each other in the big leagues. Tough to beat that connection.

2. Eddie Murray. Ripken gives Murray credit for teaching him how to prepare and succeed as a major leaguer.

3. Brady Anderson. He joined Ripken in 1988, and they became running mates and best buddies for 13 additional seasons.

4. Mike Bordick. Manny Alexander couldn't permanently move Ripken from short to third, but the signing of the respected Bordick did, after he made sure Ripken was on board with the plan.

5. Ryan Minor. He replaced Ripken in the starting lineup Sept. 20, 1998, to end the consecutive-games streak. When manager Ray Miller told Minor of the plan, he quipped: "Does he know?"
Closest calls to end The Streak

1. June 6, 1993. Twisted his right knee when his spikes caught in the dirt during the Orioles-Seattle Mariners brawl. The knee was still swollen the next day, and he said it was the closest he came to sitting out.

2. April 10, 1985. Sprained his left ankle while at shortstop during a pickoff play. Went to the hospital for X-rays and didn't play in the next day's exhibition game.

3. Sept. 11, 1992. Twisted his right ankle on a double, and the club recalled Manny Alexander from the minors, but Ripken didn't miss an inning for the next week.

4. Aug. 2, 1997. Almost left the game in the first inning with lower back pain after charging a slow roller. He stayed in the game, and the next day he homered.

5. July 26, 1993. Birth of son, Ryan, on an open date. His daughter, Rachel, had the good sense to be born in November.
Records or firsts not involving games played

1. He joined brother Bill in July 1987 as the first siblings to play simultaneously in the majors for their father.

2. Fewest errors in a season for a qualifying shortstop, three in 1990.

3. Most votes ever received by a Hall of Famer, 537 (the 545 cast were also the most in Baseball Writers' Association of America history). He was named on 98.53 percent of the ballots, third-highest in history.

4. First to win a Rookie of the Year Award and Most Valuable Player in consecutive seasons (1982-1983).

5. Oldest player to be named an All-Star MVP, age 41 in 2001.
Bizarre factoids

1. His first major league steal was of home.

2. His nose was broken during the 1996 All-Star photo shoot when Chicago White Sox closer Roberto Hernandez slipped and backhanded Ripken while attempting to regain his balance.

3. He had three hits in five at-bats on his rookie Opening Day in 1982 and then went into a 4-for-55 slide but still was named American League Rookie of the Year.

4. He is one of three Orioles to hit for the cycle. The other two were also speed demons: Brooks Robinson and Aubrey Huff.

5. He played all 10 innings in the 1994 All-Star Game.