Time line The Streak -- It's Over

September 21, 1998

May 30, 1982: Cal Ripken's consecutive-games streak begins when Orioles manager Earl Weaver starts him at third base at Memorial Stadium against the Blue Jays. Floyd Rayford played third base the night before in the second game of a doubleheader against Toronto.

June 5, 1982: Innings streak begins in Minnesota. The night before, Jim Dwyer hit for Ripken in the ninth inning.

L June 30, 1982: Last start at third base until July 15, 1996.

May 6, 1984: Hits for cycle against Texas Rangers, going 4-for-5.

July 11, 1987: Bill Ripken is promoted from Triple-A Rochester, joining brother Cal and manager and father, Cal Sr.

Sept. 14, 1987: Innings streak, believed to be a record, is ended at 8,243 in Toronto by his father, who sends in Ron Washington at shortstop in the bottom of the eighth of an 18-3 Blue Jays win.

Sept. 25, 1987: Is ejected in the first inning against the Yankees for arguing a called strike.

April 29, 1988: Gets four hits, including a double and homer, as the Orioles end a major-league-record 0-21 start.

Aug. 7, 1989: Is ejected in the first inning against the Twins for arguing a called strike.

April 14, 1990: Begins major-league-record streak of 95 errorless games and 431 errorless chances by a shortstop.

June 12, 1990: Game 1,308. Moves past Everett Scott into second place on list of consecutive games played.

Oct. 6, 1991: Is the last major-league batter in Memorial Stadium history, grounding into a double play.

Aug. 24, 1992: Signs a five-year, $30.5 million deal with the Orioles, ending 333 days of negotiations.

June 9, 1993: Collides with Athletics catcher Terry Steinbach at home plate. Steinbach leaves the game with headaches and dizziness. The streak goes on.

July 15, 1993: Hits his 278th home run as a shortstop, passing Ernie Banks for first all-time at that position.

Aug. 1, 1994: Plays in his 2,000th consecutive game, at Minnesota.

Sept. 6, 1995: Breaks Lou Gehrig's major-league record by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game. In the record-tying and record-setting games, he goes a combined 5-for-9 with two home runs.

May 28, 1996: Drives in eight runs against the Mariners.

June 14, 1996: Breaks Japanese star Sachio Kinugasa's world record by playing in his 2,216th consecutive game.

July 15, 1996: Starts at third base for the first time since June 30, 1982, ending streak of 2,216 consecutive starts at shortstop.

Sept. 29, 1996: The day after the Orioles clinch a wild-card berth, Ripken leaves after the second inning to rest for the playoffs. It's his earliest exit of the streak.

July 20, 1997: Is ejected in the second inning against the White Sox for arguing strikeout call.

April 25, 1998: 2,500th consecutive game.

Aug. 21, 1998: Seventh-inning single to right was his 2,849th career hit, breaking Brooks Robinson's Orioles career record.

Sept. 19, 1998: Last game of streak.

Pub Date: 9/21/98

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