Open Mic: Cal Ripken, Jr. Has Most Impressive Streak in Sports History

John MossSenior Analyst IJune 11, 2008

With all the negatives throughout the world of sports at the moment, it's important to focus on the good things, the things that brought us to sports in the first place.

It was September 6, 1995, and Baltimore's Camden Yards was electric. That night, Cal Ripken Jr. would break a record held for 43 years—Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played streak which was 2,130 games.

Ripken broke Gehrig's record that night and went on to play in 502 more games in a row, finally ending his consecutive games played streak at 2,632.

Just how impressive is Ripken's streak? 

Chew on this: 2,632 games is over 16 years of not missing one single game.  2,632 games is 8,243 consecutive innings.

The closest player to Ripken since he set his mark was another Baltimore Oriole, Miguel Tejada, who played in 1,152 games before missing action due to an injury in 2007.

Mark my words; Ripken's record will never be broken. The closest current player to Ripken's 2,632 was Minnesota Twins outfielder Delmon Young's 217 game streak, until Young was benched by Ron Gardenhire back in May. 

Ripken did things the right way, the clean way and he did something that will never be equaled. A good memory to reflect on in this time of cheats and snitches.

Now, excuse me while I go back to reading Tim Donaghy stories...