Noteworthy home runs

1. Sept. 6, 1995, against the California Angels' Shawn Boskie. Who cares if it was a meatball served up in a 2-1 game? On the night he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games streak, with the world watching and flashes popping, Ripken hit the pitch from Boskie over the left-field wall.

2. Sept. 2, 1999, against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Rolando Arrojo. A three-run homer in the third inning deep down the left-field line was the 400th of Ripken's career. He was the 29th player to reach the mark.

3. July 10, 2001, against the Los Angeles Dodgers' Chan Ho Park. It was perhaps the most dramatic moment of his farewell season. Ripken led off the third inning of his final All-Star Game and had to step out of the batter's box for an elongated ovation from the Safeco Field crowd in Seattle. He then homered on the first pitch he saw from Park. He was named the game's MVP.

4. April 5, 1982, against the Kansas City Royals' Dennis Leonard. In the first at-bat of his first Orioles Opening Day, Ripken hit a two-run shot. He had three hits that game, and the Orioles won, 13-5.

5. July 15, 1993, against the Minnesota Twins' Scott Erickson. It was his 278th as a shortstop, breaking the record set by the Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks. The seat in left field at Camden Yards where the ball landed has been painted orange. Ripken finished with 345 as a shortstop, currently one ahead of the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, who is now a third baseman.
Double-play combination partners

1. Roberto Alomar. They weren't the best of pals, but they sure were allies for Orioles pitchers. Alomar might one day get into the Hall of Fame, too.

2. Bill Ripken. So smooth, it looked like they had been turning DPs forever.

3. Rich Dauer. Ripken's first partner, they were together for four years.

4. Mark McLemore. This super-utility man played all over the diamond, including 191 games next to Ripken in a three-year period.

5. Manny Alexander. Known as Ripken's hyped but never-to-be successor, he started at second in Ripken's 2,131st consecutive game.
Memorable scenes

1. The victory lap around Camden Yards on Sept. 6, 1995, after setting the consecutive-games record. Really, what else could be No. 1?

2. Catching Garry Maddox's liner on Oct. 16, 1983, for the final out of the World Series, the only title in Ripken's career.

3. Alex Rodriguez's decision on July 10, 2001, to push Ripken from third base to shortstop to start the All-Star Game, Ripken's last one.

4. Rounding first base and shaking the hand of good buddy and coach Eddie Murray after singling off the Minnesota Twins' Hector Carrasco in the seventh inning April 15, 2000. With it, he became the 24th player to record 3,000 hits.

5. In a darkened and packed Camden Yards, after playing in his final game, Ripken walking out of the bullpen and being greeted by Orioles greats Murray, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and Earl Weaver before making his goodbye speech.
Nondescript players taken ahead of Ripken in the 1978 draft (Second round, 48th overall)