Others marvel, but Ripken just stands on his own feat Cal's 2,000 CAL RIPKEN 2,000 AND COUNTING

July 31, 1994|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer

The date was May 29, 1982.

2 * Cal has exited 6 games before the 7th inning

Gehrig's streak: 2,130 games; June 1, 1925----May 1, 1939

* Gehrig left games early 69 times (62 times in 1st 2,000 games of streak)

* Gehrig did not start two games, both in 1925

E9 * Gehrig played every inning in only one season ('31)

CONSECUTIVE-GAMES LEADERS

BASEBALL All time

L 1. Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2,130

L 2. Cal Ripken, Orioles .. .. .. .. .. .... .. .. .. ...1,996

L 3. Everett Scott, Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees .. ..1,307

L 4. Steve Garvey, Los Angeles Dodgers .. .. .. .. .. .. 1,207

L 5. Billy Williams, Chicago Cubs .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..1,117

L 6. Joe Sewell, Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees .. ..1,103

L 7. Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals .. .. .. .. .. .. . .895

L 8. Ed Yost, Washington Senators .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. ..829

L 9. Augustus Suhr, Pittsburgh Pirates .. .. .. .. .. .. ..822

L 10. Nellie Fox, Chicago White Sox .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. 798

Baseball Active

1. Cal Ripken, Orioles .. .. .1,996

2. Jeff Conine, Florida .. .. ..263

3. Albert Belle, Cleveland .. ..206

4. Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle ...153

5. Mike Bordick, Oakland .. .. .122

NBA all time

1. Randy Smith, Buffalo, San Diego, Cleveland, New York, San Diego.. 906

2. John Kerr, Syracuse, Philadelphia Baltimore .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .844

XL 3. Dolph Schayes. Syracuse .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..706

NFL all time

1. Jim Marshall, Cleveland .. .. .. .. .. ..282

2. Mick Tingelhoff, .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...240

@4 3. Jim Bakken, St. Louis .. .. .. .. .. .. .234

NHL all time

1. Doug Jarvis, Montreal, Washington, Hartford .. .. .. ..964

2. Garry Unger, Toronto, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta .. ..914

NB 3. Steve Larmer, Chicago .. ... .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. ...884

8 QUESTIONS

1. Name the 1994 NL MVP candidate who broke a bone in his left hand last September, ending a 304-game streak that was second to Ripken's at the time.

2. What coach said of Ripken's streak last season: "That's idiotic. If I were his manager, he'd be out of there. He's hurting the team and showing that personal goals are more important. He wants to break Lou Gehrig's record even if it'll cost Baltimore the pennant."

3. Ripken has a consecutive All-Star Game streak, too. He has played shortstop in 12 straight (1983 to 1994). Whose record for shortstops does that tie?

4. When Ripken's consecutive-innings streak ended at a record 8,243 in the bottom of the eighth of an 18-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 14, 1987, who replaced him at shortstop?

5. Name the player whose consecutive-games streak was cut short when he broke his thumb while sliding into home plate.

6. Name the current Orioles pitcher who, when asked when Ripken's streak would end, answered: "When he stops breathing. Even then, we'll probably just wheel him out there and plant him at shortstop."

7. Who is Sachio Kinugasa?

8. Before Ripken, who held the Orioles' consecutive-games record of 463?

ANSWERS

1. Jeff Bagwell

2. The Giants' Bobby Bonds

3. Ozzie Smith's (1981 to 1992)

4. Ron Washington

5. Steve Garvey

6. Mike Mussina

7. A Japan Central League player who played in 2,215 consecutive games from 1970 to 1987

` 8. Brooks Robinson

THE FIRST 1,000

1982

May 30, Ripken's streak begins

May 31, Ripken's first stolen base

June 14, Ripken's streak of 44 errorless games ends

July 1, Ripken moves to shortstop

July 8, Ripken plays last game at third base

July 31, Frank Robinson inducted into Hall of Fame

Aug. 22, Ripken records the first of his three career five-hit games

Sept. 15, USA Today publishes first issue

Oct. 3, The Brewers defeat the Orioles, 10-2, to win the Eastern Division title on final day of the season

Nov. 10, Brezhnev dies; Andropov takes over U.S.S.R.

Nov. 12, Joe Altobelli becomes the Orioles' seventh manager, replacing Earl Weaver.

1983

Jan. 30, Redskins defeat Miami in Super Bowl

July 6, Ripken plays in first all-star game

July 13, Ripken hits his first grand slam

July 31, Brooks Robinson is inducted into the Hall of Fame

Oct. 16, Orioles defeat Phillies to win World Series.

Nov. 16, Ripken becomes the first player in major-league history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in consecutiver seasons.

1984

L Jan. 31, Ripken signs a 4-year contract at $1 million a year

March 29, Colts leave for Indianapolis

May 6, Ripken hits for the cycle

May 11, The Natural premieres

May 17, Jim Palmer released by Orioles

L July 10, Ripken gets first of 11 consecutive All-Star starts

Aug. 26, Death of Baltimore Archbishop Lawrence Cardinal Shehan

Oct. 25, Lefty Driesell signs "lifetime" contract with Maryland.

1985

April 10, in consecutive game 444, Ripken sprains left ankle at shortstop during pickoff play in third inning, but does not come out of game

July 15, starts as All-Star shortstop by leading AL players in voting

Sept 19, Earthquake in Mexico City kills 10,000 people

6* Dec. 14, Roger Maris dies at age of 51

1986

Jan. 28, Space shuttle Challenger explodes

May 4, former Orioles manager Paul Richards dies

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