The Ripkens

Cal Ripken Jr. celebrates with his parents, Vi and Cal Sr., after breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games record. (September 2, 2012)

Sept. 6, 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig's major league record that had stood for 56 years. Fireworks explode around Camden Yards as Ripken jogs a victory lap around the field. A sellout crowd of 46,272 — including President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore — demand four curtain calls from the Orioles' Iron Man. Ripken responds by hitting a home run as the Birds defeat California, 4-2.

Sept. 3, 1983: The Orioles slug a club-record six home runs in a 13-0 rout of Minnesota. Ken Singleton hits a grand slam and Cal Ripken Jr. gets five hits, including two homers, to boost his average to .304. "It's way too soon to get excited about anything," Ripken says of the Birds' 3 1/2 game lead in the American League East.

Sept. 4, 1970: For the second time in his career, Brooks Robinson goes 5-for-5, including two homers, one of them the game-winner as the Orioles defeat the Boston Red Sox, 8-6. The victory is No. 88 against 49 losses for the Birds, who lead the AL East by a whopping 11 games.

Sept. 8, 1964: The Colts trade Jim Martin, 41, their kicker and leading scorer last year (104 points) to the Washington Redskins and acquire Lou Michaels, 28, a lantern-jawed, hot-tempered kicker and defensive end from the Pittsburgh Steelers. In six seasons here, Michaels will kick 107 field goals, a club record.

Sept. 8, 1960: Make it three straight shutouts for "Fat Jack" Fisher, the Orioles' 21-year-old right-hander from Frostburg, who pitches a five-hitter to defeat Cleveland, 9-0. Fisher (12-9) strikes out 12 Indians as the Birds increase their American League lead to 1 1/2 games over the New York Yankees.

Sept. 6, 1958: The title-bound Colts look like anything but a championship team, losing, 13-10 to Pittsburgh in a preseason game. Steelers quarterback Earl Morrall throws for two touchdowns, while Baltimore's Johnny Unitas completes just 12 of 30 passes and is intercepted twice.

Sept. 5, 1948: Y.A. Tittle, a 21-year-old quarterback from LSU, passes for a league-record 346 yards and four touchdowns as the Colts open their All-America Football Conference season with a 45-28 victory over the New York Yankees. Rookie Rex Grossman adds a 53-yard field goal.

Birthday

Sept. 4, 1949: Dean Pees, the Ravens' defensive coordinator.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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