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Ripken timeline

Highlights of the Iron Man's career

June 20, 2001

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1960

  • Aug. 24: Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. is born in Havre de Grace, Md.

    1978

  • June 13: Ripken is selected in the second round of the amateur draft by the Orioles, the team's fourth pick. He begins pro career with Bluefield (W.Va.) in the rookie Appalachian League.

    1981

  • Aug. 10: Ripken makes major-league debut as a pinch runner for Ken Singleton against the Kansas City Royals.

  • Aug. 16: Ripken gets first major-league hit, an infield single off Dennis Lamp of the Chicago White Sox.

    1982

  • May 30: Ripken's consecutive-games streak begins when manager Earl Weaver starts him at third base at Memorial Stadium against the Blue Jays.

  • June 5: Ripken's innings streak begins in Minnesota.

  • June 30: Ripken's last start at third base until 1996.

    1983

  • Oct. 2: Ripken becomes the first Oriole to play in every inning of every game for a full season.

  • Oct. 16: Orioles win World Series for third time, finishing off Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 with 5-0 victory. Ripken records final out, catching a line drive by Garry Maddox. A month later, Ripken is named American League Most Valuable Player, beating out teammate Eddie Murray.

    1984

  • May 6: Ripken hits for the cycle against Texas Rangers, going 4-for-5. He joins Brooks Robinson as only Oriole to accomplish that feat.

    1985

  • April 10: Ripken sprains his left ankle taking a pickoff throw at second base against the Rangers but does not come out of the game, No. 444 in the streak. X-rays taken after the game are negative. He doesn't play the next day in the club's exhibition game at the U.S. Naval Academy but is in the lineup the next night.

    1986

  • Oct. 5: Ripken's consecutive-games streak reaches 765 by the end of the season, putting him 10th on the all-time list.

    1987

  • July 11: Bill Ripken is promoted from Triple-A Rochester, joining brother Cal and manager and father Cal Sr.

  • Sept. 14: Ripken's innings streak, believed to be a record, is ended at 8,243 in Toronto by his father, who sends in Ron Washington at shortstop in the bottom of the eighth of an 18-3 Blue Jays win.

  • Sept. 25: Ripken is ejected for the first time in his career, for arguing a called strike in the first inning against the New York Yankees.

    1988

  • April 29: Ripken gets four hits, including a double and homer, as the Orioles end a major-league-record 0-21 start.

  • June 25: Ripken plays in his 1,000th consecutive game, at Fenway Park in Boston.

    1989

  • April 3: Ripken hits a three-run homer off Roger Clemens on Opening Day, helping the Orioles rally for a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

    1990

  • April 14: Ripken begins his major-league-record streak of 95 errorless games and 431 errorless chances by a shortstop.

  • June 12: Ripken moves past Everett Scott into second place on the list of consecutive games played with No. 1,308.

    1991

  • July 8-9: Ripken wins the home run contest at SkyDome the day before the All-Star Game, then homers in the game and is named the game's MVP.

  • Oct. 6: Ripken is the last major-league batter in Memorial Stadium history, grounding into a double play.

  • Nov. 19: Ripken is named AL MVP for the second time.

    1992

  • Sept. 11: Ripken twists his right ankle running out a double against the Brewers but does not come out of the game, No. 1,713 during the streak. He doesn't miss as much as an inning for another week.

  • Aug. 24: Ripken signs a five-year, $30.5 million deal with the Orioles on his 32nd birthday, ending 333 days of negotiations.

    1993

  • June 6: Playing in game No. 1,790 of the streak, Ripken twists his right knee when his spikes get caught in the infield grass during a bench-clearing brawl with the Seattle Mariners. He doesn't come out of the game, but the knee is swollen and painful the next day. Ripken later says: "It was the closest I've come to not playing."

  • July 15: Ripken hits his 278th home run as a shortstop, passing Ernie Banks for first all time at that position.

    1994

  • Aug. 1: Ripken plays in his 2,000th consecutive game, at Minnesota.

    1995

  • Sept. 5-6: Ripken ties and breaks Lou Gehrig's major-league record by playing in his 2,130th and 2,131st consecutive games. In the record-tying and record-setting games, he goes a combined 5-for-9 with two home runs.

    1996

  • April 13: Ripken hits his 819th extra-base hit to move into first all time on the team.

  • May 26: Ripken drives in eight runs against the Mariners at the Kingdome.

  • May 28: Ripken hits a career-high three home runs in Seattle.

  • May 29: Ripken moves past Eddie Murray for first on all-time home run list with his 334th.

  • June 14: Ripken breaks Japanese star Sachio Kinugasa's world record by playing in his 2,216th consecutive game.

  • July 15: Ripken starts at third base for the first time since June 30, 1982, ending his streak of 2,216 consecutive starts at shortstop.

  • Sept. 29: The day after the Orioles clinch a wild-card berth, Ripken leaves after the second inning to rest for the playoffs.

    1997

  • Aug. 2: In game No. 2,423 of the streak, Ripken considers leaving in the bottom of the first at Oakland with lower-back pain after the Athletics' Scott Brosius leads off the inning with a single on a swinging roller. Ripken remains in the game, singles in his next at-bat and homers the next day as his back condition steadily improves.

    1998

  • Aug. 21: A seventh-inning single to right is Ripken's 2,849th career hit, breaking Robinson's Orioles career record.

  • Sept. 20: Ripken holds himself out of the lineup, ending his consecutive-games streak at 2,632.

    1999

  • March 25: Ripken's father, Cal Ripken Sr., dies from cancer.

  • April 20: Ripken is placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

  • June 13: Ripken celebrates the first six-hit and five-run game in franchise history in a 22-1 victory at Atlanta's Turner Field.

    2000

  • April 15: At Minnesota, Ripken records his 3,000th major-league hit.

  • Nov. 1: Ripken agrees to a one-year contract for $6.3 million.

    2001

  • May 6: Ripken plays in his 2,897th game, breaking Robinson's team record.

  • June 19: Ripken announces he will retire at the end of the season.

    2007

  • Ripken becomes eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.