September 6 is a historic date in Major League Baseball history, particularly for the Baltimore Orioles.
Back in 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. became baseball’s new “Iron Man.”
That was a title that had previously belonged to Lou Gehrig.
Ripken earned the title for having played in his 2,131st consecutive game, which passed the record that had previously been set by Gehrig.
Following the fifth inning, when the game became official, Ripken got a nice standing ovation from the fans at Camden Yards, which ended up lasting a total of 22 minutes.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame posted a tweet in remembrance of this historic day.
#OTD in 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig’s record. He received a 22-minute ovation in the fifth inning after the @Orioles game became official. https://t.co/9vCgUdkhgh
📷 Richard Lasner pic.twitter.com/FZTJvL6I7u
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) September 6, 2022
Celebrating Cal Ripken Jr. Day
Ripken was a true ambassador of the game of baseball and was somebody who played the game the right way, never got into any trouble, and earned the right to be a Hall of Famer.
A day like September 6, 1995 is historic for so many reasons.
Gehrig had set a record of consecutive games played that many thought would never be broken.
Yet along came Ripken, who put together a legendary career and worked incredibly hard to stay in shape to be able to play for as long as he did.
He was a true grinder and knew what it took to be successful.
That’s why him breaking Gehrig’s record was so special, and that’s why that particular day remains a special day in the history of baseball.
We may never see anybody ever come anywhere close to what is now Ripken’s ultimate record.
He played a long time, and did so for just one team, becoming an MLB legend and an Orioles legend in the process.