Others marvel, but Ripken just stands on his own feat Cal's 2,000 CAL RIPKEN 2,000 AND COUNTING

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The date was May 29, 1982.

2 * Cal has exited 6 games before the 7th inning

Gehrig's streak: 2,130 games; June 1, 1925----May 1, 1939

* Gehrig left games early 69 times (62 times in 1st 2,000 games of streak)

* Gehrig did not start two games, both in 1925

E9 * Gehrig played every inning in only one season ('31)

CONSECUTIVE-GAMES LEADERS

BASEBALL All time

L 1. Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2,130

L 2. Cal Ripken, Orioles .. .. .. .. .. .... .. .. .. ...1,996

L 3. Everett Scott, Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees .. ..1,307

L 4. Steve Garvey, Los Angeles Dodgers .. .. .. .. .. .. 1,207

L 5. Billy Williams, Chicago Cubs .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..1,117

L 6. Joe Sewell, Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees .. ..1,103

L 7. Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals .. .. .. .. .. .. . .895

L 8. Ed Yost, Washington Senators .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. ..829

L 9. Augustus Suhr, Pittsburgh Pirates .. .. .. .. .. .. ..822

L 10. Nellie Fox, Chicago White Sox .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. 798

Baseball Active

1. Cal Ripken, Orioles .. .. .1,996

2. Jeff Conine, Florida .. .. ..263

3. Albert Belle, Cleveland .. ..206

4. Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle ...153

5. Mike Bordick, Oakland .. .. .122

NBA all time

1. Randy Smith, Buffalo, San Diego, Cleveland, New York, San Diego.. 906

2. John Kerr, Syracuse, Philadelphia Baltimore .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .844

XL 3. Dolph Schayes. Syracuse .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..706

NFL all time

1. Jim Marshall, Cleveland .. .. .. .. .. ..282

2. Mick Tingelhoff, .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...240

@4 3. Jim Bakken, St. Louis .. .. .. .. .. .. .234

NHL all time

1. Doug Jarvis, Montreal, Washington, Hartford .. .. .. ..964

2. Garry Unger, Toronto, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta .. ..914

NB 3. Steve Larmer, Chicago .. ... .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. ...884

8 QUESTIONS

1. Name the 1994 NL MVP candidate who broke a bone in his left hand last September, ending a 304-game streak that was second to Ripken's at the time.

2. What coach said of Ripken's streak last season: "That's idiotic. If I were his manager, he'd be out of there. He's hurting the team and showing that personal goals are more important. He wants to break Lou Gehrig's record even if it'll cost Baltimore the pennant."

3. Ripken has a consecutive All-Star Game streak, too. He has played shortstop in 12 straight (1983 to 1994). Whose record for shortstops does that tie?

4. When Ripken's consecutive-innings streak ended at a record 8,243 in the bottom of the eighth of an 18-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 14, 1987, who replaced him at shortstop?

5. Name the player whose consecutive-games streak was cut short when he broke his thumb while sliding into home plate.

6. Name the current Orioles pitcher who, when asked when Ripken's streak would end, answered: "When he stops breathing. Even then, we'll probably just wheel him out there and plant him at shortstop."

7. Who is Sachio Kinugasa?

8. Before Ripken, who held the Orioles' consecutive-games record of 463?

ANSWERS

1. Jeff Bagwell

2. The Giants' Bobby Bonds

3. Ozzie Smith's (1981 to 1992)

4. Ron Washington

5. Steve Garvey

6. Mike Mussina

7. A Japan Central League player who played in 2,215 consecutive games from 1970 to 1987

' 8. Brooks Robinson

THE FIRST 1,000

1982

May 30, Ripken's streak begins

May 31, Ripken's first stolen base

June 14, Ripken's streak of 44 errorless games ends

July 1, Ripken moves to shortstop

July 8, Ripken plays last game at third base

July 31, Frank Robinson inducted into Hall of Fame

Aug. 22, Ripken records the first of his three career five-hit games

Sept. 15, USA Today publishes first issue

Oct. 3, The Brewers defeat the Orioles, 10-2, to win the Eastern Division title on final day of the season

Nov. 10, Brezhnev dies; Andropov takes over U.S.S.R.

Nov. 12, Joe Altobelli becomes the Orioles' seventh manager, replacing Earl Weaver.

1983

Jan. 30, Redskins defeat Miami in Super Bowl

July 6, Ripken plays in first all-star game

July 13, Ripken hits his first grand slam

July 31, Brooks Robinson is inducted into the Hall of Fame

Oct. 16, Orioles defeat Phillies to win World Series.

Nov. 16, Ripken becomes the first player in major-league history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in consecutiver seasons.

1984

L Jan. 31, Ripken signs a 4-year contract at $1 million a year

March 29, Colts leave for Indianapolis

May 6, Ripken hits for the cycle

May 11, The Natural premieres

May 17, Jim Palmer released by Orioles

L July 10, Ripken gets first of 11 consecutive All-Star starts

Aug. 26, Death of Baltimore Archbishop Lawrence Cardinal Shehan

Oct. 25, Lefty Driesell signs "lifetime" contract with Maryland.

1985

April 10, in consecutive game 444, Ripken sprains left ankle at shortstop during pickoff play in third inning, but does not come out of game

July 15, starts as All-Star shortstop by leading AL players in voting

Sept 19, Earthquake in Mexico City kills 10,000 people

6* Dec. 14, Roger Maris dies at age of 51

1986

Jan. 28, Space shuttle Challenger explodes

May 4, former Orioles manager Paul Richards dies

May 16, Tony Phillips is the last player to hit for the cycle at Memorial Stadium.

June 19, Len Bias dies

JULY 27, Greg LeMond wins pro cycling's Tour de FRance, an American first.

Oct. 5, Earl Weaver manages his last game for the Orioles

Nov. 22, Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight

champion at age 20

1987

Jan. 21, William Donald Schaefer takes over as governor

Aug. 9, Ripken's streak of 37 errorless games ends

Sept. 14, consecutive innings streak ends at 8,243

Sept. 17, 200th anniversary of U.S. Constitution.

Oct. 19, "Black Monday," the stock market crash

Nov. 1, Bo Jackson makes his NFL debut

1988

Jan. 31, Redskins beat the Broncos, 42-10, to win the Super Bowl

April 14-17, Ripken had only two hits in his first 43 at-bats, including an 0-for-29 stretch.

April 12, Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripken Sr. as Orioles manager

April 14, Withdrawl of Soviet forces from Afghanistan

Aug. 8, The first night game at Wrigley Field

Aug. 13, Edward Bennet Williams dies

7+ Dec. 4, The Orioles trade Eddie Murray

THE SECOND 1,000

1989

March 17, Julie Croteau of St. Mary's becomes the first woman to play in a men's college baseball game.

March 24, The worst oil spill in U.S. history -- the Exxon Valdez

June 15, Ripken turns triple play with brother Bill and Randy Milligan

Sept. 1, Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti dies

Nov. 9, Berlin Wall comes down

1990

March 4, Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers collapses

June 12, Ripken plays 1,308th consecutive game to pass Everett Scott for No. 2 on all-time streak list

Aug 2, Iraqi forces invade Kuwait

Aug. 6, Palmer inducted into Hall of Fame

1991

Jan. 15 -- Feb. 27, the Persian Gulf War

May 23, Orioles fire Frank Robinson and hire Johnny Oates

June 27, Thurgood Marshall resigns from Supreme Court

July 13, Bob Milaki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson combine to no-hit Oakland, 2-0

Aug. 11, Wilson Alvarez, in only his second major league start, no-hits the Orioles, 7-0

Aug. 21, Soviet Union collapses

Oct. 6, Ripken is the last major-league player to bat at Memorial Stadium

1992

L Jan. 26, Redskins beat Buffalo, 37-24, to win the Super Bowl

April 6, First game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Aug. 24, On his 32nd birthday, Ripken signs the richest guarenteed contract in baseball history at that time, $30.5 million for five years

Sept. 7, Fay Vincent resigns as commissioner

Sept. 11, In consecutive game 1,713, Ripken suffers a twisted right ankle while running out a double, but does not come out or miss an inning for another week.

Nov. 2, Bill Clinton elected president

1993

May 20, The final "Cheers" episode ran, ending its 11 years on the air

June 6, In consecutive game 1,790, Ripken suffered a twisted right knee when his spikes caught in the infield grass during Orioles-Mariners brawl, but does not come out of the game

July 10, Ripken gets his 2,000th hit, against the White Sox

July 15, Ripken's sets record for most homers by a shortstop with 278 (although it was not discovered until Feb. 9, 1994)

Sept. 15, Ripken crashes inot Red Sox catcher Bob Melvin at the plate, but it's Melvin who is hurt, requiring three stitches to close a gash in his forehead.

Nov. 30, Baltimore loses NFL expansion bid

1994

March 25, Maryland loses to Michigan, 78-71, in NCAA tournament

May 24, Ripken hits his 300th home run and drives in six runs as the Orioles come back to defeat the Brewers, 13-5

June 13, Ryne Sandberg retires to end his 13-year career

June 17, O.J. Simpson arrested

June 26, has 162 games left to match Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.

July 3, On the day he was announced to start his 11th consecutive All-Star game, Ripken hits his third career grand slam

July 16, Baltimore CFL team plays first regular-season games at Memorial Stadium.

Aug. 1, Ripken plays in his 2,000th consecutive game

The other 8

Ripken was at third base May 30, 1982, when the streak began. Also on the field were:

* Terry Crowley, 1B

* Rich Dauer, 2B

* Lenn Sakata, SS

* John Lowenstein, LF

* Al Bumbry, CF

* Dan Ford, RF

* Rick Dempsey, C

* JIm Palmer, P

8 records

American League

1. Most years leading league in assists-7 (Tie)

2. Most All-Star Games by an AL shortstop-12

3. Most assists in a season-583 (1984)

Major-league

1. Fewest errors in a season-3 (1990)

2. Most consecutive errorless games-95 (1990)

3. Most consecutive errorless chances-431 (1990)

4. Most home runs by a shortstop-301

?3 5. Highest fielding % for a season-.996 (1990)

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