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1982-1998: The Ripken streak ended after 2,632 games

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It started on May 30, 1982 and it ended September 20, 1998.     Cal Ripken decided to take a night off.  

This is how it was reported by Richard Justice:   

What once seemed unthinkable became reality for the Baltimore Orioles tonight when Cal Ripken removed himself from the starting lineup, thus ending one of the most remarkable – and perhaps untouchable – achievements in the history of professional sports.

Until tonight, Ripken had started and played in 2,632 consecutive games for the Orioles. It was a streak that began on May 30, 1982, and established him as one of the toughest and most resourceful athletes ever.

In a time in which players routinely switch from team to team and league to league, Ripken, who turned 38 last month, has been the image of consistency. He has played his entire 17-year major league career a few miles south of his hometown of Aberdeen.

Ripken said he decided to end the streak after conversations with his wife, Kelly, his parents and a few close friends. Orioles Manager Ray Miller had penciled him into the lineup against the New York Yankees for what would have been his 2,633rd consecutive game, but shortly after batting practice, Ripken approached Miller and said: “I think it’s time.”

Ripken retired after the 2001 season.

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Written by scantojr

September 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Posted in Baseball Hall of Fame

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