Cal Ripken plays in 2,131st consecutive game on This Day in Baseball

Cal Ripken plays in 2,131st consecutive game on This Day in Baseball

Cal Ripken plays in 2,131st consecutive game on This Day in Baseball

September 6, 1995 - Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles plays in his 2,131st consecutive Major League game to surpass Lou Gehrig's 56-year record. When the game becomes official in the middle of the fifth inning, Ripken takes a victory lap around Camden Yards during the 22-minute standing ovation from the sell-out crowd. Ripken went 2 for 4, including a home run, in Baltimore's 4 - 2 win over California.

September 6, 2001 During the DiamondbacksGiants game, Barry Bonds becomes the fifth player in major league history to hit 60 home runs in a season. He joins Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Bonds, the oldest to join this elite group, reaches the historic plateau the quickest, needing only 141 games to reach the milestone.

September 6, 1976 Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager is seriously injured when the jagged end of teammate Bill Russell’s broken bat strikes him in the throat while he is waiting in the on-deck circle. He had nine pieces of wood taken out of his neck during a 98 minute surgery. Yeager later invented a throat protector that hangs from every catcher's mask today.

September 6, 1977 - The Angels acquire slugger Dave Kingman from San Diego for cash consideration. Nine days later, the Yankees will buy Kingman, making him the first player to wear four uniforms in four divisions in the same year. Kingman, who started the season with the Mets, will hit twenty-six home runs to set the mark for the most by a player with more than two teams.

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