Memories of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s unbreakable consecutive games mark from people who were there

February 5th, 2016

Andrew McKay of Yahoo Sports wrote a terrific article titled, September 6, 1995: The inside story of the night Cal Ripken saved baseball. In it, McKay recalls the bad shape baseball was in; the pervious season saw the cancellation of the World Series because of a players’ strike. Attendance was down 23% and the mood of the fans was grim. In the collection are questionnaires from players and and umpires who were there the night Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s unbreakable record. Also shown are Ripken autographs and a lineup card from the streak with the signature of Triple Crown winner and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. Some see the ceremony surrounding Ripken’s streak as a savior for the game itself. For more on McKay’s story, click here.

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