1978

June 7: The Washington Bullets win the NBA championship with a 105-99 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in Game 7.

June 13: Aberdeen High School star Cal Ripken, 17, signs with the Orioles after the club selects him in the second round of baseball’s amateur draft. He plays his first season of pro ball at Bluefield of the Rookie-level Appalachian League.


1979

March 26: Magic Johnson and Michigan State defeat Larry Bird and Indiana State, 75-64, to win college basketball’s national championship.

Aug. 5: After batting .303 at Single-A Miami, Ripken is promoted to Double-A Charlotte.


1980

Feb. 22: The U.S. Olympic hockey team stuns the Soviet Union, 4-3, and goes on to win the gold medal.

April 12: As part of the U.S. protest of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. Olympic Committee votes to boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

September: Ripken finishes the season with 25 homers for Charlotte and is named to the Southern League All-Star team at third base.


1981

June 11: Major-league baseball players go on strike, resulting in a two-month work stoppage.

Aug. 8: Ripken is called up to the Orioles.

Aug. 10: Ripken plays in his first major-league game, entering as a pinch runner and scoring the winning run in the 12th inning against Kansas City at Memorial Stadium.


1982

May 30: Ripken’s consecutive-games streak begins when Orioles manager Earl Weaver starts him at third base at Memorial Stadium against the Blue Jays.

Sept. 20: NFL players begin a strike that would last 57 days, resulting in the use of replacement players and a shortened season.

July 1: Ripken is moved to shortstop by manager Earl Weaver.

November: Ripken is named American League Rookie of the Year.