Twenty years later: 2,131

The importance of the Streak that likely will stand forever

If you take Cal Ripken Jr. at his word, his quest to become baseball's all-time iron man was not a quest at all. He would tell you — and he did many times after the Streak took on a life of its own — that his only obsession was with playing on that day, not the ones that came after or the ones...

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  • 2,131: With streak second to none, Cal Ripken Jr. trots into record books

    2,131: With streak second to none, Cal Ripken Jr. trots into record books

    Cal Ripken hasn't required any prodding to take the field for the past 2,131 games. But when last night's game became official and Ripken established himself as the most durable man in baseball history, one game better than Lou Gehrig, a Camden Yards crowd of 46,272 and his teammates moved him...

  • Cal Ripken Jr. touches home with victory lap

    Cal Ripken Jr. touches home with victory lap

    It was a victory lap for the ages. Rafael Palmeiro and Bobby Bonilla pushed Cal Ripken out of the Orioles' dugout, and off the game's all-time Iron Man went. Down the right-field line, shaking hands with fans in the front row. Into the outfield, greeting the grounds crew and police officers. Above...

  • STREAK OF FATE: Ripken's repeated collisions with adversity show fine line he has tread for 1,887 games

    STREAK OF FATE: Ripken's repeated collisions with adversity show fine line he has tread for 1,887 games

    It is a quiet countdown. Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken prefers to act as if it doesn't exist, but his consecutive-games streak has reached the point where Lou Gehrig's record -- once seemingly unassailable -- no longer is a distant dream. The Iron Horse is beginning to hear footsteps.  If all goes...

  • Ripken ends The Streak at 2,632: Oriole decides time is right, sits out first game since May '82

    Ripken ends The Streak at 2,632: Oriole decides time is right, sits out first game since May '82

    Around 7: 30 last night, Cal Ripken ended the most imposing record in sports by entering Orioles manager Ray Miller's office to say it was time. Quietly and without warning, Ripken decided to end a major-league record of 2,632 consecutive games played, all starts and all in an Orioles uniform....

  • Ripken's simple desire to play grew into complex streak

    Ripken's simple desire to play grew into complex streak

    Mark down the number -- 2,632. No one will ever play that many consecutive games again. No one will even try. Lou Gehrig's monument at Yankee Stadium says his "amazing record of 2,130 consecutive games should stand for all time." Cal Ripken reduced forever to 56 years. And he turned 16 1/2 years...

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