Cal Ripken’s streak ends
SEPTEMBER 20, 1998 – Cal Ripken didn’t play for the Baltimore Orioles on this date in 1998, the first time he was not in the lineup in over 16 years.
It marked the end of his 2,632 consecutive game streak, a record Ripken held since breaking Lou Gehrig’s 2,130 game streak on September 5, 1995.
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So, Cal Ripken is best known for the streak, but how good a ballplayer was he?
431 career home runs (the most by a shortstop – 345)
3,184 hits (14th all-time)
1,695 runs batted in (averaged 81 per year over 21 years)
1,647 runs scored
.276 lifetime batting average
Started 17 all-star games at short
Two-time Most Valuable Player
Cal Ripken was exceptional and durable, while playing one of the most demanding positions on the field for most of his career. It’s unlikely his streak will ever be broken. The closest any active player has come is Miguel Tajada who played in 1,152 straight games before going on the disabled list this June (2007). Then again, “they” said Gehrig’s streak would never be broken.