The games, the times

The Ripken Legacy : Chronology

October 07, 2001|By Paul McCardell and Jeff Zrebiec

Selected events from Cal Ripken's career and elsewhere in the world of sports from 1978 to 2001:


June 7: The Washington Bullets win the NBA championship with a 105-99 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in Game 7.

June 13: Aberdeen High School star Cal Ripken, 17, signs with the Orioles after the club selects him in the second round of baseball's amateur draft. He plays his first season of pro ball at Bluefield of the Rookie-level Appalachian League.


March 26: Magic Johnson and Michigan State defeat Larry Bird and Indiana State, 75-64, to win college basketball's national championship.

Aug. 5: After batting .303 at Single-A Miami, Ripken is promoted to Double-A Charlotte.


Feb. 22: The U.S. Olympic hockey team stuns the Soviet Union, 4-3, and goes on to win the gold medal.

April 12: As part of the U.S. protest of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. Olympic Committee votes to boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

September: Ripken finishes the season with 25 homers for Charlotte and is named to the Southern League All-Star team at third base.


June 11: Major-league baseball players go on strike, resulting in a two-month work stoppage.

Aug. 8: Ripken is called up to the Orioles.

Aug. 10: Ripken plays in his first major-league game, entering as a pinch runner and scoring the winning run in the 12th inning against Kansas City at Memorial Stadium.


May 30: Ripken's consecutive-games streak begins when Orioles manager Earl Weaver starts him at third base at Memorial Stadium against the Blue Jays.

Sept. 20: NFL players begin a strike that would last 57 days, resulting in the use of replacement players and a shortened season.

July 1: Ripken is moved to shortstop by manager Earl Weaver.

November: Ripken is named American League Rookie of the Year.


April 4: North Carolina State upsets Houston, 54-52, to win college basketball's national championship.

Oct. 2: Ripken becomes the first Oriole to play in every inning of every game for a full season.

Oct. 16: The Orioles win the World Series, finishing off the Phillies in Game 5 with a 5-0 victory. Ripken (celebrating with Dan Ford, right) records the final out, catching a line drive by Garry Maddox. A month later, Ripken is named American League Most Valuable Player.


March 29: The Baltimore Colts leave under cover of darkness for Indianapolis.

May 6: Ripken joins Brooks Robinson as the only Orioles to hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 at Texas.

July 31: Annapolis swimmer Theresa Andrews, 21, wins a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


April 10: Ripken sprains his left ankle taking a pickoff throw at second base in the third inning against the Rangers but does not come out of the game, No. 444 in the streak. He doesn'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.

May 18: Tank's Prospect, ridden by jockey Pat Day, wins the 110th Preakness Stakes in record time.


June 24: University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, the first draft pick of the NBA's Boston Celtics, dies of a cocaine overdose.

Oct. 5: Ripken's consecutive-games streak reaches 765 by the end of the season, putting him 10th on the all-time list.


July 4: Martina Navratilova defeats Steffi Graf to win the eighth of her nine Wimbledon women's singles tennis titles.

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

Sept. 14: Ripken's consecutive-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 romp.


Jan. 31: Doug Williams throws four touchdown passes and wins the game's MVP award as Washington routs Denver in the Super Bowl, 42-10.

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

June 25: Ripken plays in his 1,000th consecutive game, at Fenway Park in Boston.


April 3: Ripken hits a three-run homer off Roger Clemens on Opening Day, helping the Orioles rally for a 5-4 victory over Boston.

July 23: Two years after a near-fatal hunting accident, American Greg LeMond wins the Tour de France cycling race by eight seconds, the closest margin ever.

Aug. 7: Ripken is ejected in the first inning against the Twins for arguing a called strike.


April 14: Ripken begins his major-league- record streak of 95 errorless games and 431 errorless chances by a shortstop.

May 24: The Edmonton Oilers win hockey's Stanley Cup for the fifth time in seven years, defeating the Boston Bruins in Game 5.

June 12: Ripken moves past Everett Scott into second place on the list of consecutive games played with No. 1,308.


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