Today in Sports History: August 17

On this day in 1989, Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. moved into 3rd place on the MLB list for most consecutive games played (1,208 cons. game). Coincidentally, on this same day in 1933, Lou Gehrig broke the record to become 1st place on the same list with (1,308 cons. game). As history would have it, Cal Ripken Jr. went on to break Gehrig’s record. As of today, Ripken’s record of 2,632 consecutive games is far from being broken. In total, Ripken played 16 years in a row without missing a single game. A 19x All-Star and a world series champion, Ripken was the embodiment of enduring excellence.

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