Cal Ripken Jr. was a great baseball player. He was a 2-time AL MVP, 19-time All Star, and 8-time Gold Glover, but when he is mentioned in baseball lore he is not remembered for any of those things. He is remembered simply as, The Iron Man. On September 6th, 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 2,131st straight baseball game, breaking a long time record held by Lou Gehrig.
On May 30th 1982, Cal Ripken stepped onto a baseball field, and would go on to not miss a game for the next 16 years! 16 FUCKING YEARS. I get that this is a sport, but imagine not missing a single day of work for fucking 16 years! He did not take a single day off! Cal eventually played in 2,362 straight games for the Orioles, with the streak coming to an end on September 19, 1998.
Cal would go on to play 3 more seasons with the Baltimore Orioles retiring at the end of the 2001 season. Cal was named to MLB’s All-Century team as well as being inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. This guy was a legend and not missing a single game for 16 years shows just how much he gave a shit about playing the game he loved! You will never see this streak broken! I don’t think anyone will ever come close either! For the first 5 years of this streak Cal played in 8,243 straight innings! That is 5 years of never taking a single play off! 5 years of being out there for every single inning of your team’s games! That is fucking nuts!
Cal Ripken was one of the best baseball players we will ever see, and he needs to be remembered for that as well. He was not just some schmuck who played in so many consecutive games. He was a superstar in Major League Baseball and his legacy will live on forever!