On This Day In Baseball History: May 30, 1982

Cal Ripken

 

Baltimore Orioles rookie shortstop Cal Ripken starts the first of what will be a Major League record 2,632 consecutive games played streak, spanning 17 seasons. Against the Blue Jays at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore Ripken goes 0-2 while batting eighth. He will finish the 1982 season by winning the AL Rookie of the Year. Ripken will transform the shortstop position paving the way for the bigger more offensive adept shortstops. The 19-time All-Star won two MVPs (1983 & 1991), is a member of the 3,000 hit club, is one of eight players to play in 3,000 career games, has the fourth most career at-bats (11,551), and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007 appearing on 98.5% of ballots cast, third most behind only Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan.

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