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Facts About Cal Ripken’s Career

August 22, 1995

Some facts about Cal Ripken and his consecutive-game streak.

Third baseman Sachio Kinugasa, not Lou Gehrig, holds the world record for consecutive games played. From Oct. 19, 1970 to Oct. 22, 1987, Kinugasa played in 2,215 consecutive games for the Hiroshima Carp in Japan's Central League.

The day before Ripken’s streak began, Floyd Rayford started in his place at third base in the second game of a doubleheader against Toronto.

Since the start of Ripken’s streak, only four other major leaguers have remained with the same team: the Padres’ Tony Gwynn, the Cardinals’ Ozzie Smith and the Tigers’ Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell.

Ripken scored the winning run in his major league debut on Aug. 10, 1981. He was a pinch runner for Ken Singleton and scored on John Lowenstein’s single.

On June 13 this year, Manny Alexander pinch-hit for Ripken in the eighth inning of an 11-0 loss to Cleveland. It was the fourth time during his streak that he’s been pinch-hit for.

No shortstop in the Hall of Fame has a career fielding percentage as high as Ripken's (.979). Lou Boudreau is closest at .973.

Ripken has played with 26 second basemen and 34 third basemen since moving to shortstop from third base in 1982.

Ripken owns the major league record for consecutive games at shortstop without an error: 95, from April 13 through July 27, 1990.

Ripken was the last Oriole to bat at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, hitting into a double play against Detroit's Frank Tanana on Oct. 6, 1991.

Ripken is one of five Orioles to have played every game in a season, joining Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray, Billy Gardner and Bobby Grich.

Ripken is one of four major league shortstops to hit 30 or more homers in a season, joining Ernie Banks, Vern Stephens and Rico Petrocelli.

Ripken hit his 300th career home run on May 24, 1994 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ripken has played more games at shortstop than any other Oriole. Only Brooks Robinson played more games with the Orioles at any other position: third base.

Ripken has made 206 errors at shortstop during his streak. Opposing shortstops have committed 297 errors.

Ripken has exited early from 58 games during his streak. He was ejected twice for arguing strike calls in the first inning.

Ripken has started every game of his streak. Lou Gehrig missed only two starts during his streak, both in the first year.

Ripken has started the past 11 all-star games, which is the longest current streak in the majors.

Ripken stole home for his first major league steal on May 31, 1982. It was the front end of a double steal with Lenn Sakata.

Ripken played a major league record 8,243 straight innings, starting on June 5, 1982 and spanning 904 games.

During the streak, Ripken has been replaced by nine players a total of 53 times. Tim Hulett leads the list with 22 substitutions. The others: Juan Bell (12), Rene Gonzales (9), Marty Brown (3), Jeff McKnight (2), Manny Alexander (2), Pete Stanicek (1), Steve Scarsone (1) and Ron Washington (1).

Ripken has left a game voluntarily before the seventh inning four times during the streak. Gehrig left early 69 times.

Ripken and Brooks Robinson are the only Orioles to hit for the cycle. Ripken did it on May 6, 1984.

Ripken was selected 48th overall in the 1978 draft. Bob Horner, the top pick and a third baseman, was selected by Atlanta.

Ripken has hit the most home runs in Milwaukee’s County Stadium with 17. He has never hit a home run in Texas’s Ballpark in Arlington.

Ripken has been ejected from a game twice during the streak, in 1987 and 1989. Each time he was arguing a strike call.

Three players have pinch-run for Ripken: Floyd Rayford in 1982, Tim Hulett in 1991 and Steve Scarsone in 1992.

Cal and Bill Ripken were the fifth set of brothers in major league history to form a second base-shortstop duo.

Cal and Bill Ripken played in 663 games together. They started 634 games and turned 287 double plays.

Ripken was one of five major leaguers to play every game in 1994, along with Frank Thomas, Mike Bordick, Paul Molitor and Jeff Conine.

Ripken was the last major leaguer to bat in Memorial Stadium; he bounced into a double play on Oct. 6, 1991.

Ripken signed with the Orioles on June 13, 1978. He entered their minor league system that year with Bluefield.

Ripken averaged .167 during his only trip to the World Series, in 1983 vs. Philadelphia.

Ripken’s 1,000th RBI came at Oakland on Aug. 31, 1992 on a two-run single.

Scott McGregor was the starting pitcher for the Orioles during Cal Ripken’s major league debut.

Ripken played in his first all-star game in 1983. He walked in his only plate appearance.

Ripken has nine hits, two doubles and one home run in 12 all-star games.

Ripken won the all-star most valuable player award in 1991 when he hit a three-run home run to give the American League a 4-2 win.

Luis Aparicio holds the major league record for games played at shortstop with 2,581.

Ripken has won the most valuable player Oriole award four times: in 1983, 1990 and 1991. He shared the award with Eddie Murray in 1988.

Ripken is the Orioles' all-time leader in runs scored. He passed Brooks Robinson this season.

Ripken has averaged 91 runs batted in per year in his 13 seasons.

Ripken is one of only nine players to hit 20 or more home runs in each of their first 10 full seasons.

In 1983, Ripken led the AL in hits (211), runs (121) and doubles (47). He hit .318 that season.

Players have gone on the disabled list 3,372 times (through 1994) during Cal’s consecutive games streak.

Ripken has played for six managers during his streak: Earl Weaver (1981-82, 1985-86), Joe Altobelli (1983-85), Cal Ripken Sr. (1985, 1987-88), Frank Robinson (1988-91), Johnny Oates (1991-94) and Phil Regan (1995).

In his first pro season (1978), Cal did not hit a home run for rookie league Bluefield. In 1979, he hit eight for Class A Miami and Class AA Charlotte.

Cal Ripken is one of four shortstops in major league history to have hit 30 or more home runs in a season (34 in 1991), joining Ernie Banks, Vern Stephens and Rico Petrocelli.

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