A peek at The Streak

September 27, 1998

Outlasting The Streak

Active players who were in the major leagues in 1982, the year The Streak began:

Player.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Then .. .. .. .. Now

Harold Baines DH-OF .. .. ... White Sox .. ... Orioles

Rafael Belliard SS .. .. .... Pirates .. .. .. Braves

Wade Boggs 3B .. .. .. .. ... Red Sox .. .. .. Devil Rays

Danny Darwin P .. .. .. .. .. Rangers .. .. .. Giants

Chili Davis OF-DH .. .. .. .. Giants .. .. ... Yankees

Dennis Eckersley P .. .. .. . Red Sox .. .. .. Red Sox

Jim Eisenreich OF .. .. .. .. Twins .. .. .. . Dodgers

Gary Gaetti 3B .. .. .. .. .. Twins .. .. .. . Cubs

Tony Gwynn OF .. .. .. .. ... Padres .. .. . . Padres

Rickey Henderson OF .. .. ... Athletics .. ... Athletics

Doug Jones P .. .. .. .. .. . Brewers .. .. .. Indians

Dennis Martinez P .. .. .. .. Orioles .. .. .. Braves

Willie McGee OF .. .. .. .. . Cardinals .. ... Cardinals

Paul Molitor IF-DH .. .. .. . Brewers .. .. .. Twins

Mike Morgan P .. .. .. .. ... Yankees .. .. .. Cubs

Jesse Orosco P .. .. .. .. .. Mets .. .. .. .. Orioles

Tony Phillips IF-OF .. .. ... Athletics .. ... Mets

Tim Raines OF .. .. .. .. ... Expos .. .. .. . Yankees

Dave Stieb P .. .. .. . ... . Blue Jays .. ... Blue Jays

Streaking into the Hall

E9 Hall of Famers who were active when the streak began:

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Year

Player.. .. .. .. .. .Pos. .. .. .. .. ... inducted

Willie Stargell.. ... OF-1B.. .. .. .. .. .. . 1988

Johnny Bench .. .. .. C .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 1989

Carl Yastrzemski .. . OF.. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 1989

Joe Morgan .. .. .. . 2B .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 1990

Jim Palmer .. ... ... P.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1990

Rod Carew .. .. .. .. 1B-2B .. .. .. .. .. ... 1991

Ferguson Jenkins .. . P .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 1991

Gaylord Perry .. .. . P .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 1991

Tom Seaver .. .. .. . P .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 1992

Rollie Fingers .. ... P .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 1992

Reggie Jackson .. ... OF.. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 1993

Steve Carlton .. .. . P .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 1994

Mike Schmidt .. .. .. 3B .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 1995

Phil Niekro .. .. ... P .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 1997

Don Sutton .. .. .. . P.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1998

Generation gap

Fathers of current Orioles or Orioles minor-leaguers who were active the year The Streak began:

Father.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Son

Doug DeCinces, Angels .. .. .. .. .. .. Tim DeCinces

Jerry Hairston, White Sox .. .. .. .. . Jerry Hairston

Greg Luzinski, White Sox .. .. .. .. .. Ryan Luzinski

Long-playing Orioles

L Orioles with the most consecutive games played after Ripken:

Brooks Robinson.. .. .. .. 463

Eddie Murray .. .. .. .. . 444

Billy Gardner .. .. .. ... 361

Long-playing '78

3 active from 1978 draft . . .

Of the 878 players who were drafted and signed in the 1978 June amateur draft, only three are active:

* Ripken, a second-round pick.

* Cubs right-hander Mike Morgan, a first-round pick and former Oriole.

* Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb, a fifth-round pick who is back with the Blue Jays after four years out of the major leagues.

Note: Two other players, Twins outfielder Otis Nixon and Cubs third baseman Gary Gaetti, were drafted but did not sign.

but no gamers like Ripken . . .

Ripken was the 48th player selected. Of the 47 ahead of him, only 23 reached the major leagues. Only six played as many as 1,000 games and only one pitcher (Mike Morgan, 420 before this season) has appeared in as many as 350 games. Ripken has played in 2,700 games through Wednesday. The players ahead of him combined for 15,734.

The leaders:

Tom Brunansky .. .. .. .. . 1,800

Hubie Brooks .. .. .. .. .. 1,645

Kirk Gibson .. .. .. .. ... 1,635

Lloyd Moseby .. .. .. .. .. 1,588

Mel Hall .. .. .. .. .. ... 1,588

Bob Horner .. .. .. .. .. . 1,020

Platters that won't shatter

Seemingly unbreakable individual records:

Career

* Ty Cobb's .367 batting average

(Active leader: Tony Gwynn, .340 through '97)

* Ty Cobb's 23 consecutive .300 seasons (Active leader: Tony Gwynn, 15 through '97)

* Sam Crawford's 309 triples

(Active leader: No one in Top 100)

* Ty Cobb's 50 steals of home

(Active leader: Paul Molitor, 10 through '97)

* Cy Young's 749 complete games

(Active leader: No one in Top 100)

* Cy Young's 7,356 innings pitched

(Active leader: Dennis Martinez, 3,909 through '97)

* Cy Young's 511 victories

(Active leader: Dennis Martinez, 241 through '97)

* Cy Young's 316 losses

(Active leader: Dennis Martinez, 187 through '97)

* Walter Johnson's 110 shutouts

(Active leader: Roger Clemens, 41 through '97)

* Connie Mack's 53 years as a manager (Active leader: Tony La Russa 20 [includes '98])

* John McGraw and Casey Stengel's 10 pennants won

-! (Active leader: Bobby Cox, 4)

Season

* Rogers Hornsby's .424 batting average in 1924

(Next: George Sisler, .420, 1922; Best in 1990s: Tony Gwynn, .394, 1994)

* Owen Wilson's 36 triples in 1912

(Next: Joe Jackson, 26, 1912; Kiki Cuyler, 26, 1925; Sam Crawford, 26, 1914; Best in 1990s: Lance Johnson, 21, 1996)

* Jack Chesbro's 41 victories in 1904 (Next: Ed Walsh, 40, 1908; Best in 1990s: Bob Welch, 27, 1990)

* Grover Cleveland Alexander's 16 shutouts in 1916

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