Shooting history on the fly

The Baltimore Sun

Cal Ripken stood outside the dugout on the warning track, absorbing the outpouring of emotions as the capacity crowd roared with wave after wave of applause.

I had no time to enjoy those 22 minutes and 15 seconds of celebration as the Orioles game was halted to mark a piece of baseball history.

It was Sept. 6, 1995. Ripken had just surpassed Lou Gehrig's record of playing in 2130 consecutive major league games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Sun was counting on me to capture images of this moment, to be viewed by readers of The Sun and transmitted to interested fans around the world.

I zoned in on every move Ripken made, thinking only in terms of his body language and facial expressions, I was oblivious the joyous chaos that surrounded us, striving to capture images that would stand the test of time.

Shot after shot, I filled the rolls of film, uncertain of just what I had captured. Only hours later, after examining the images, did my own emotions sweep over me as I studied what I had been furiously shooting - magic moments, captured frame by frame at 1/250th of a second, memories of an remarkable moment for sports and for Baltimore fans.

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