'Lost' is found in Cooperstown: the original 2,131 lineup card Hall of Fame officials say they've had it since '95

December 15, 1998|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

The original lineup card used in the game during which Cal Ripken broke baseball's consecutive-games streak has turned up in an unexpected place: the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Former Orioles manager Phil Regan filled out the card Sept. 6, 1995, inserting Ripken into the lineup for his 2,131st consecutive game. Generally a manager makes two carbon copies, but because of the historic nature of the game, five carbons were made.

Regan arranged for his copy to be auctioned off earlier this month, and a Baltimore collector bid $35,650, mistakenly thinking it was the original. The collector, James W. Ancel, said last week that he is reassessing his interest in the purchase, which has been held up by a lawsuit filed by the Orioles, who say the card is the team's property. A hearing is scheduled for Monday in Chicago.

Confusion over who has the original card ended yesterday when Hall of Fame spokesman Jeff Idelson said the Orioles' and opposing team's lineup cards, for both the 2,131st and 2,130th games, are on display in Cooperstown. The Orioles played the California Angels in both games.

The American League arranged for the cards to be retained and sent to the Hall of Fame, Idelson said.

As for the other carbon copies, the plate umpire for the game gave his to Bowling Green State University, which is trying to sell it to raise money for its athletic program. The Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore has another.

Angels spokesman Larry Babcock said the manager who worked that game, Marcel Lachemann, gave his away. The final copy reportedly went to Ripken, but his spokesman was unavailable to comment yesterday.

Pub Date: 12/15/98

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