Closest calls The Streak -- It's Over

September 21, 1998

April 10, 1985: Game 444: Sprained his left ankle taking a pickoff throw at second base in the third inning against the Rangers but did not come out of the game. X-rays taken after the game at Greater Baltimore Medical Center were negative. He didn't play the next day in the club's exhibition game at the U.S. Naval Academy but was in the lineup the next night vs. the Blue Jays.

Sept. 11, 1992: Game 1,713: Twisted his right ankle running out a double against the Brewers but did not come out of the game. Manny Alexander was called from Triple-A Rochester as a precaution, but Ripken didn't miss as much as an inning for another week.

June 6, 1993: Game 1,790: Twisted his right knee when his spikes caught in the infield grass during a bench-clearing brawl with the Mariners. Though he didn't come out of the game, the knee was swollen and painful the next day. Still, he didn't even miss infield practice. Ripken later said: "It was the closest I've come to not playing."

Aug. 2, 1997: Game 2,423: Considered leaving in the bottom of the first at Oakland with lower-back pain after the Athletics' Scott Brosius led off the inning with a single on a swinging roller. Ripken remained in the game, singled in his next at-bat and homered the next day.

Pub Date: 9/21/98

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