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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | July 11, 1995
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cal Ripken prides himself on preparation, and whether he wanted to or not, for the past three months he had been preparing for the big event yesterday -- his All-Star Game news conference to discuss the streak.In every city he has gone this year, he has answered the same questions again and again. Why he plays every day, whether he knows much about Lou Gehrig, about his future if he surpasses Gehrig's record of 2,130 straight games.But many of the questions yesterday were about how he's dealing with the attention.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | December 3, 2008
When Sports Illustrated named Cal Ripken Jr. its Sportsman of the Year for 1995, the choice was met with about the same level of surprise as Michael Phelps this year. I mean, who else? Cal broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games that year, and you could make the case that it was an even rarer achievement than Phelps' winning eight gold medals in Beijing, but that's really not the issue here. Both reached the absolute pinnacle of their particular endeavors. Each displaced one of the legends of his sport.
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By Florence King | August 23, 1995
Fredericksburg, Va. -- SEPT. 6 CAN'T come fast enough for me. On that date, the Orioles' Cal Ripken could break Lou Gehrig's 2,130 consecutive-games record. Our national agony will be over.The Streak, as it's called, began when Ripken made his Orioles debut at shortstop on May 30, 1982. It's hard to say at what point his perfect-attendance record became known as The Streak, but I remember a 1989 Orioles game in which the telecasters did some on-air calculations and announced that Ripken would surpass Gehrig on June 17, 1995.
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September 7, 2008
On Sept. 6, 1995, Harford County native Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles, born and raised in Aberdeen, surpassed Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive baseball games played, and his ovation lasted 22 minutes. The night Ripken tied Gehrig's record and the night he broke it, he changed uniforms after the fifth inning. On the night of game number 2,131, the first uniform went to his son, and the second uniform went to the Ripken Museum in Aberdeen. Ripken voluntarily ended his streak on Sept.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1995
SEATTLE -- Orioles left fielder Brady Anderson, teammate and friend of shortstop Cal Ripken, is perplexed by the handful of columnists suggesting that Ripken should end his consecutive-games streak when he ties or comes within a game of Lou Gehrig's record.Robert Lipsyte wrote this in the New York Times on July 30, and yesterday Larry King did the same for USA Today. Anderson disagrees strongly."[Ripken] is not lessening the memory of Lou Gehrig," Anderson said. "If anything, he's making people remember Lou Gehrig.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | April 7, 1995
SARASOTA, Fla. -- They stood in a line 30 yards from the Orioles clubhouse, each aiming at the players entrance, waiting for their prey to step through the door.The camera people and photographers, about 20 in all, started shooting the instant that Cal Ripken Jr. emerged from the building and ran out for his first official on-field appearance in what promises to be a season filled with news conferences and sound bites.Eclipsing Lou Gehrig's record of playing 2,130 consecutive games could be easier for Ripken than dealing with the daily throng of media that will greet him. He awoke early yesterday to make an appearance on a network TV morning show, ran the gauntlet of cameras in mid-morning, held a 30-minute news conference early in the afternoon, sat for several one-on-one TV interviews.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | December 3, 2008
When Sports Illustrated named Cal Ripken Jr. its Sportsman of the Year for 1995, the choice was met with about the same level of surprise as Michael Phelps this year. I mean, who else? Cal broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games that year, and you could make the case that it was an even rarer achievement than Phelps' winning eight gold medals in Beijing, but that's really not the issue here. Both reached the absolute pinnacle of their particular endeavors. Each displaced one of the legends of his sport.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | September 22, 1994
While the threat of the 1995 season opening with replacement players imperils Cal Ripken's consecutive-games streak, the Orioles are trying to make sure that if Ripken does break Lou Gehrig's record he will do so at Camden Yards.At the moment, the unofficial 1995 American League schedule has Ripken breaking the record in Oakland, Calif.Ripken has played 2,009 consecutive games, which means he would tie Gehrig's record of 2,130 by playing in 121 more games in a row and break it in his 122nd consecutive game.
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July 30, 1995
BY THE NUMBER: In 1992, Ripken was the 38th recipient of the annual Lou Gehrig Memorial Award given by the Phi Delta Theta national collegiate fraternity to the major-leaguer who best fits the image and character of the Hall of Fame first baseman.2,093: Consecutive games Ripken has played.2,130: Lou Gehrig's record.Sept 6: projected date to break record.
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By Tim Placher | January 21, 2007
CHICAGO -- It was my wife who wanted to name our son for a baseball player. When he was born 11 years ago, the prospect made me cringe. I thought a child's name ought to have more significance than mere affection for a guy whose contribution to society was hitting a baseball. During that summer of 1995, though, my wife had grown fond of the name "Cal." At the time, the nation was counting down the days until Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played. When the day arrived to make our son's name official, I knew better than to argue with a woman who had just given me a child through a large incision in her belly.
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By Tim Placher | January 21, 2007
CHICAGO -- It was my wife who wanted to name our son for a baseball player. When he was born 11 years ago, the prospect made me cringe. I thought a child's name ought to have more significance than mere affection for a guy whose contribution to society was hitting a baseball. During that summer of 1995, though, my wife had grown fond of the name "Cal." At the time, the nation was counting down the days until Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played. When the day arrived to make our son's name official, I knew better than to argue with a woman who had just given me a child through a large incision in her belly.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 21, 1998
It was grueling.Everybody knows that.Cal Ripken played with sprained ankles and twisted knees and bruised ribs. He played with head colds and flu symptoms. He played on even after Lou Gehrig handed over his record and Davey Johnson took away his primary position. He played on and on and on, until there was only one question left.Was it all worth it?"When I look back, I feel very proud," Ripken said last night, "not necessarily of the number of the streak but the fact that my teammates could always depend on me to be out there.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 13, 1996
DETROIT -- A full two months before Cal Ripken passed Lou Gehrig's major-league record of 2,130 consecutive games last year, Orioles ace Mike Mussina figured out he would start on Sept. 6, the night of the record-breaker.Ripken is set to tie Sachio Kinugasa's Japan League and world record of 2,215 straight games tonight in Kansas City, and, presumably, break the mark tomorrow. Mussina realized he would start this record-breaker at exactly 12: 15 yesterday morning, the first time he really thought about it."
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | September 11, 1995
"BASEBALL still needs to be prodded to remember that like all American institutions it carries the deep stain of bigotry, and needs to recognize it most especially on its special occasions," specifically Cal Ripken's breaking Lou Gehrig's record.Oh, brother! I thought when I read that in a column last week by Washington pundit Thomas Oliphant of the Boston Globe. I recalled something William Buckley allegedly said to Eleanor Roosevelt, "Mrs. Roosevelt, it is not necessary to condemn racial discrimination in every conversation."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,Sun Staff Writer | September 5, 1995
As Cal Ripken methodically has added game after game to his historic playing streak, a flock of aggressive collectors has gobbled up Ripken memorabilia like sea gulls swooping in for french fries on the boardwalk.The collectors have devoured anything -- and everything -- from the ever-expanding, ever-more-costly mountain of memorabilia."It's like a frenzy," said Chuck Williams, a Ripken-memorabilia collector and surety-bond underwriter who lives in Philadelphia. "Anything associated with that man is gold.
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By Bernie Lincicome and Bernie Lincicome,Chicago Tribune | August 31, 1995
"Showing up is 80 percent of life." -- Woody Allen.In baseball it is a ticket to immortality.Never has showing up been a bigger deal than it is with Cal Ripken, the Baltimore fixture, who has been doing it for 14 seasons. Nice work if you can get it. Better work if you can keep it.Others have played longer, some have played sooner and many have played better, but by next week none will have played more baseball games in a row than Ripken.The world will pause and applaud.This is an odd thing to celebrate, like declaring a holiday for calluses.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | September 11, 1995
"BASEBALL still needs to be prodded to remember that like all American institutions it carries the deep stain of bigotry, and needs to recognize it most especially on its special occasions," specifically Cal Ripken's breaking Lou Gehrig's record.Oh, brother! I thought when I read that in a column last week by Washington pundit Thomas Oliphant of the Boston Globe. I recalled something William Buckley allegedly said to Eleanor Roosevelt, "Mrs. Roosevelt, it is not necessary to condemn racial discrimination in every conversation."
NEWS
September 7, 2008
On Sept. 6, 1995, Harford County native Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles, born and raised in Aberdeen, surpassed Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive baseball games played, and his ovation lasted 22 minutes. The night Ripken tied Gehrig's record and the night he broke it, he changed uniforms after the fifth inning. On the night of game number 2,131, the first uniform went to his son, and the second uniform went to the Ripken Museum in Aberdeen. Ripken voluntarily ended his streak on Sept.
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By Florence King | August 23, 1995
Fredericksburg, Va. -- SEPT. 6 CAN'T come fast enough for me. On that date, the Orioles' Cal Ripken could break Lou Gehrig's 2,130 consecutive-games record. Our national agony will be over.The Streak, as it's called, began when Ripken made his Orioles debut at shortstop on May 30, 1982. It's hard to say at what point his perfect-attendance record became known as The Streak, but I remember a 1989 Orioles game in which the telecasters did some on-air calculations and announced that Ripken would surpass Gehrig on June 17, 1995.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1995
SEATTLE -- Orioles left fielder Brady Anderson, teammate and friend of shortstop Cal Ripken, is perplexed by the handful of columnists suggesting that Ripken should end his consecutive-games streak when he ties or comes within a game of Lou Gehrig's record.Robert Lipsyte wrote this in the New York Times on July 30, and yesterday Larry King did the same for USA Today. Anderson disagrees strongly."[Ripken] is not lessening the memory of Lou Gehrig," Anderson said. "If anything, he's making people remember Lou Gehrig.
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