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Cal Ripken Jr

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
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Profession: MLB Legend

United States of America

Why Famous: Nicknamed "The Iron Man", he played 21 seasons in the MLB for the Baltimore Orioles, and is best known for breaking Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played.

Born: August 24, 1960
Birthplace: Havre de Grace, Maryland, USA
Age: 60 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Virgo

Married Life

  • 1987-11-13 MLB baseball player Cal Ripken Jr (27) weds Kelly Geer at Towson United Methodist Church in Maryland

Historical Events

  • 1982-07-01 Cal Ripken Jr. makes the first of his record 2,216 consecutive MLB starts at shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles.
  • 1982-11-24 Orioles Cal Ripken is named AL Rookie of Year
  • 1984-05-06 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle
  • 1987-09-14 Cal Ripken's streak of 8,243 consecutive innings (908 games) is broken
  • 1988-06-25 Cal Ripken Jr plays in his 1,000th consecutive game
  • 1989-08-17 Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)
  • 1990-06-12 Orioles Cal Ripken plays in his 1,308th consecutive game to move past Everett Scott into 2nd place on the all-time list
  • 1991-07-09 All star MVP: Cal Ripken Jr (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1991-07-19 Cal Ripken plays in his 1,500th consecutive game
  • 1991-11-19 Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken wins his 2nd AL MVP
  • 1994-08-01 Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. becomes only the second player after Lou Gehrig to appear in 2,000 consecutive MLB games, in a 1-0 win vs Twins
  • 1995-09-05 Cal Ripken Jr ties Gehrig's record of playing in 2,130 straight games
  • 1995-09-06 Cal Ripken Jr breaks Gehrig's record, plays in 2,131 straight games
  • 1996-02-12 4th ESPY Awards: Cal Ripken, Rebecca Lobo win

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