Ripken Becomes Baseball's New Iron Man
"Let it be said, that Number 8, Cal Ripken Jr., has reached the unreachable star... We will never see anything like this again."
September 6, 1995. Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Cal Ripken, Jr. surpassed Lou Gehrig, one of baseball's most cherished and tragic figures, by playing his 2,131st game at Camden Yards on a beautiful September evening. Fans have voted this moment as the "most memorable moment" in MLB history. The site of Ripken giving hands high-fives and shaking hands as he did a victory lap around the field is credited with bringing fans back to stadiums after the disastrous strike that caused baseball not to crown a World Series Champion in 1994.
The feat marks the longest consecutive games played streak in any sport across the globe. Many baseball purists deemed the record unbreakable. Ripken, a shortstop, who also holds the most consecutive games at any one position, would go on to play 2,632 consecutive games in total.