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Ripken tips his hat to Orioles fans.
For years, Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak stood the test of time as one of baseball's most unbreakable records.
As it turns out it wasn't "unbreakable."
When Cal Ripken took the field for the Baltimore Orioles on May 30, 1982 he was just a highly-touted prospect playing shortstop.
By the time he took the field on September 6, 1995, he was a two-time MVP, 13-time All-Star and a legend. That's because between May 30, 1982 and September 6, 1995, in addition to all the accolades and accomplishments he had on his resume, one stood out above all others.
He had never missed a game.
The night of September 6, 1995 was one in which Ripken went all out to show his appreciation for the dedicated Orioles fans who had stuck with the team through some great and not-so-great seasons. He walked around the baseball field shaking hands and reaching out to touch the fans who were cheering non-stop for their hero. It was a touching way to say "thanks" to the fans who were so appreciative of his dedication to his craft.
That consecutive game streak would not end on this historic night. It would continue all the way until September 20, 1998, ending at an seemingly "unbreakable" 2,632 consecutive games over the course of 17 major league seasons.