• Aug. 24: Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. is born in Havre de Grace, Md.


  • June 13: Ripken is selected in the second round of the amateur draft by the Orioles, the team's fourth pick. He begins pro career with Bluefield (W.Va.) in the rookie Appalachian League.


  • Aug. 10: Ripken makes major-league debut as a pinch runner for Ken Singleton against the Kansas City Royals.

  • Aug. 16: Ripken gets first major-league hit, an infield single off Dennis Lamp of the Chicago White Sox.


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

  • June 5: Ripken's innings streak begins in Minnesota.

  • June 30: Ripken's last start at third base until 1996.


  • Oct. 2: Ripken becomes the first Oriole to play in every inning of every game for a full season.

  • Oct. 16: Orioles win World Series for third time, finishing off Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 with 5-0 victory. Ripken records final out, catching a line drive by Garry Maddox. A month later, Ripken is named American League Most Valuable Player, beating out teammate Eddie Murray.


  • May 6: Ripken hits for the cycle against Texas Rangers, going 4-for-5. He joins Brooks Robinson as only Oriole to accomplish that feat.


  • April 10: Ripken sprains his left ankle taking a pickoff throw at second base against the Rangers but does not come out of the game, No. 444 in the streak. X-rays taken after the game are negative. He doesn't play the next day in the club's exhibition game at the U.S. Naval Academy but is in the lineup the next night.