Timeline

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1981

Hit dates

Aug. 16: Gets first major-league hit, single off White Sox's Dennis Lamp at Memorial Stadium.

Other key dates

Aug. 10: Makes major-league debut as pinch runner and scores winning run on single by John Lowenstein.

Achievements

Is voted Triple-A International League All-Star third baseman.

1982

Hit dates

July 25, 1982: Gets 100th major-league hit, single off Athletics' Dave Beard.

Other key dates

May 30: Major-league-record consecutive-games streak begins with start at third base against Blue Jays.

June 5: Major-league-record consecutive-innings streak begins in Minnesota.

June 30: Last start at third base until July 15, 1996.

Achievements

Is fifth Oriole to win AL Rookie of the Year award.

1983

Hit dates

May 13: Gets 200th major-league hit, single off Rangers' John Butcher.

Aug. 19: Gets 300th major-league hit, single off Royals' Eric Rasmussen.

Other key dates

Oct. 16: Orioles win World Series for third time, beating Phillies, 5-0, in Game 5. He records final out, catching Garry Maddox's line drive.

Achievements

First player to win league MVP a year after being Rookie of the Year.

Plays in first All-Star Game, AL's first victory since 1971.

Leads AL in runs and is second in majors in total bases.

1984

Hit dates

April 26: Gets 400th major-league hit, homer off Royals' Joe Beckwith.

July 28: Gets 500th major-league hit, single off Indians' Bert Blyleven.

Achievements

Sets AL record for assists in season by shortstop (583).

1985

Hit dates

May 8: Gets 600th major-league hit, double off Royals' Danny Jackson.

Aug. 25: Gets 700th major-league hit, triple off Athletics' Tim Birtsas.

Achievements

Leads majors in All-Star votes for first time.

Is second in AL in runs.

1986

Hit dates

June 6: Gets 800th major-league hit, single off Yankees' Bob Shirley.

Sept. 7: Gets 900th major-league hit, single off Mariners' Mark Huismann.

Achievements

Leads majors in All-Star votes for second time.

1987

Hit dates

June 16: Gets 1,000th major-league hit, single off Yankees' Rich Bordi.

Other key dates

July 11: Bill Ripken is promoted from Triple-A, making Cal Sr. first father to manage two sons simultaneously during regular season.

Sept. 14: Innings streak, believed to be a record, is ended at 8,243.

Achievements

Is first AL shortstop to start four straight All-Star games.

1988

Hit dates

April 29: Gets 1,100th major-league hit, single off White Sox's Jack McDowell. Ripken has four hits in game, including double and homer, as Orioles win, ending major-league-record 0-21 start.

Aug. 18: Gets 1,200th major-league hit, double off Athletics' Bob Welch.

Other key dates

June 25: Plays in 1,000th consecutive game, in Boston.

Achievements

Ties for AL lead with 10 sacrifice flies.

1989

Hit dates

June 4: Gets 1,300th major-league hit, single off Tigers' Mike Henneman.

Sept. 29: Gets 1,400th major-league hit, double off Blue Jays' Todd Stottlemyre.

Other key dates

April 3: Hits three-run homer off Roger Clemens on Opening Day, helping Orioles rally for 5-4 victory over Red Sox.

Achievements

Wins Bart Giamatti Caring Award, presented by Baseball Alumni Team.

1990

Hit dates

Aug. 1: Gets 1,500th major-league hit, single off Blue Jays' Dave Stieb.

Other key dates

April 14: Begins major-league-record streak of 95 errorless games and 428 errorless chances by a shortstop.

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

Achievements

Sets major-league shortstop records for fielding percentage (.996) and fewest errors.

Becomes most prolific home run-hitting shortstop in AL history.

1991

Hit dates

May 22: Gets 1,600th major-league hit, homer off Tigers' Bill Gullickson.

Aug. 15: Gets 1,700th major-league hit, single off Rangers' Oil Can Boyd.

Other key dates

July 8-9: Wins home run contest at SkyDome day before All-Star Game, then is named game's MVP.

Oct. 6: Is last major-leaguer to bat at Memorial Stadium.

Achievements

Wins second AL MVP.

Wins first Gold Glove at shortstop.

Has career-best 114 RBIs.

Leads majors with 85 extra-base hits.

1992

Hit dates

May 25: Gets 1,800th major-league hit, single off Mariners' Dave Fleming.

Sept. 15: Gets 1,900th major-league hit, single off Royals' Luis Aquino.

Achievements

Wins Roberto Clemente and Lou Gehrig awards.

Named to Sports Illustrated's Dream Team.

Wins second Gold Glove at shortstop.

Leads majors in All-Star votes for third time.

1993

Hit dates

July 10: Gets 2,000th major-league hit, single off White Sox's Wilson Alvarez.

Other key dates

July 15: Hits 278th home run as a shortstop, passing Ernie Banks for first all-time at position.

Achievements

Leads AL shortstops in assists for seventh time, tying league record.

1994

Hit dates

April 19: Gets 2,100th major-league hit, double off Angels' Phil Leftwich.

July 23: Gets 2,200th major-league hit, single off Athletics' Todd Van Poppel.

Other key dates

May 24: Hits 300th home run, off Brewers' Ted Higuera.

Aug. 1: Plays 2,000th consecutive game, at Minnesota.

Achievements

Leads AL with 46 multi-hit games.

1995

Hit dates

July 7: Gets 2,300th major-league hit, single off White Sox's Jim Abbott.

Other key dates

July 4: Scores twice, passing Brooks Robinson as club's all-time leader in runs with 1,272.

Sept. 5-6: Ties and breaks Lou Gehrig's major-league record by playing in his 2,130th and 2,131st consecutive games. In record-tying and record-setting games, he goes 5-for-9 with two homers.

Achievements

Wins Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and Sporting News Sportsman of the Year.

Extends to eight the major-league shortstop record for seasons leading league in double plays.

Leads majors in All-Star votes for fourth time.

1996

Hit dates

May 1: Gets 2,400th major-league hit, single off Yankees' Jeff Nelson.

Aug. 9: Gets 2,500th hit, single off White Sox's Bill Simas.

Other key dates

May 28: Sets single-game highs of three homers and eight RBIs in game vs. Mariners.

May 29: Moves past Murray for first on club's all-time home run list with 334.

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

July 15: Starts at third base for first time since 1982, ending major-league-record streak of 2,216 consecutive starts at one position (shortstop).

Achievements

Breaks Gehrig's major-league mark for most years leading league in games played (8).

1997

Hit dates

May 24: Gets 2,600th major-league hit, double off Indians' Paul Assenmacher.

Aug. 29: Gets 2,700th major-league hit, single off Mets' John Franco.

Other key dates

May 31: Becomes team's all-time leader in total bases with 4,274, passing Brooks Robinson.

Oct. 9: Hits only postseason homer, against Indians.

Achievements

Elected to 15th All-Star Game, all consecutive, and first at third base.

1998

Hit dates

July 5: Gets 2,800th major-league hit, single off Yankees' David Cone.

Aug. 21: Gets 2,849th hit, breaking Brooks Robinson's Orioles career record.

Other key dates

Sept. 20: Ends major-league-record consecutive-games streak at 2,632, choosing to sit out game against Yankees.

Achievements

Leads AL third basemen with .979 fielding percentage.

Sets All-Star record for consecutive starts, surpassing Willie Mays' 14.

1999

Hit dates

May 31: Gets 2,900th major-league hit, single off Mariners' Jamie Moyer.

Other key dates

April 19: Goes on disabled list for first time in career with irritated nerve in lower back.

June 13: Sets club marks with six hits and five runs in 22-1 rout of Braves.

Aug. 3: Goes on DL, retroactive to Aug. 1, with lower back pain.

Sept. 1: Returns from DL.

Sept. 2: Becomes 29th player to reach 400th career homers, connecting off Devil Rays' Rolando Arrojo.

Sept. 23: Has back surgery, ending season with 2,991 hits.

Achievements

Has career-bests in batting average (.340) and slugging average (.584).

Fifteenth All-Star election ties Rod Carew for record.

2000

Hit date

April 15: Gets his 3,000th major-league hit, single off Minnesota's Hector Carrasco.

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