1998 Headline: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

1998 Headline: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

On this day in 1998, Cal Ripken voluntarily sat out his first baseball game in more than 16 seasons.

Baseball’s ‘Iron Man’ thought that it was time for a break, albeit just one game.

Cal’s streak will go down as one baseball’s most grand accomplishments.  His class on and off the field accompanied by a very large baseball skill set makes him one of the greatest ambassadors that the sport will ever encounter.

Always gracious, always smiling, always a favorite – Thank You Cal!!!


3 responses to “1998 Headline: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

  1. Everyone was talking about Rivera and his saves streak never being broken. Here is the one that I believe will never be broken. Most of these guys can’t play 1 full season without going to the D/L with a hangnail or blender accident or something. congratulations to Cal.

  2. I will never forget being in a bar, and watching this announced on television at the bar. Some rummy starts spouting off about how Ripken didn’t really break a record, how there were regularly scheduled games in 1994 and 1995 that Ripken chose not to play in and so his streak was broken then. He kept pushing the point with other people at the bar and was obviously annoying most people, so the bartender kept telling him to shut up, and so on. The guy just wouldn’t shut up, kept going off about it, and finally threatened the bartender. The bartender had had enough and jumped over the bar and the drunk turned around to run away and ran head first in to a beam holding the ceiling up. Knocked himself out cold. They called a paramedic for the guy, and they waved something under the guy’s nose and he woke up and immediately started going about how the bartender had punched him in the face and he wanted to have him arrested. Everyone in the bar started howling at this. So they took the guy off in the gurney and all the time, you can hear him telling the paramedics about how he didn’t think Ripken really broke the consecutive game streak. Classic.

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