The games, the times

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.


1983

April 4: North Carolina State upsets Houston, 54-52, to win college basketball’s national championship.

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

Oct. 16: The Orioles win the World Series, finishing off the Phillies in Game 5 with a 5-0 victory. Ripken (celebrating with Dan Ford, below, right) records the final out, catching a line drive by Garry Maddox. A month later, Ripken is named American League Most Valuable Player.


1984March 29: The Baltimore Colts leave under cover of darkness for Indianapolis.May 6: Ripken joins Brooks Robinson as the only Orioles to hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 at Texas.July 31: Annapolis swimmer Theresa Andrews, 21, wins a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
1985April 10: Ripken sprains his left ankle taking a pickoff throw at second base in the third inning against the Rangers but does not come out of the game, No. 444 in the streak. He doesn’t play the next day in the club’s exhibition game at the U.S. Naval Academy but was in the lineup the next night.May 18: Tank’s Prospect, ridden by jockey Pat Day, wins the 110th Preakness Stakes in record time.
1986June 24: University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, the first draft pick of the NBA’s Boston Celtics, dies of a cocaine overdose.Oct. 5: Ripken’s consecutive-games streak reaches 765 by the end of the season, putting him 10th on the all-time list.
1987July 4: Martina Navratilova defeats Steffi Graf to win the eighth of her nine Wimbledon women’s singles tennis titles.July 11: Bill Ripken is promoted from Triple-A Rochester, joining brother Cal and manager and father Cal Sr.Sept. 14: Ripken’s consecutive-innings streak, believed to be a record, is ended at 8,243 in Toronto by his father, who sends in Ron Washington at shortstop in the bottom of the eighth of an 18-3 Blue Jays romp.
1988Jan. 31: Doug Williams throws four touchdown passes and wins the game’s MVP award as Washington routs Denver in the Super Bowl, 42-10.April 29: Ripken gets four hits, including a double and homer, as the Orioles end a major-league-record 0-21 start.June 25: Ripken plays in his 1,000th consecutive game, at Fenway Park in Boston.
1989April 3: Ripken hits a three-run homer off Roger Clemens on Opening Day, helping the Orioles rally for a 5-4 victory over Boston.July 23: Two years after a near-fatal hunting accident, American Greg LeMond wins the Tour de France cycling race by eight seconds, the closest margin ever.Aug. 7: Ripken is ejected in the first inning against the Twins for arguing a called strike.
1990April 14: Ripken begins his major-league-record streak of 95 errorless games and 431 errorless chances by a shortstop.May 24: The Edmonton Oilers win hockey’s Stanley Cup for the fifth time in seven years, defeating the Boston Bruins in Game 5.June 12: Ripken moves past Everett Scott into second place on the list of consecutive games played with No. 1,308.
1991July 8-9: Ripken wins the home run contest at SkyDome, then homers in the All-Star Game the next night to win the Most Valuable Player award. (At right, Ripken, wife Kelly, daughter Rachel get ovation at Camden Yards after return from Toronto.)July 28: Montreal’s Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game, defeating the Dodgers, 2-0.Oct. 6: Ripken is the last major-league batter in Memorial Stadium history, grounding into a double play.Nov. 19: Ripken is named American League Most Valuable Player for the second time.
1992Sept. 11: Ripken twists his right ankle running out a double against the Brewers but does not come out of the game, No. 1,713 during the streak.July 27-30: Swimmer Anita Nall, 16, of Towson wins a silver and bronze in individual breaststroke events and a gold in a relay event at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.Aug. 24: Ripken signs a five-year, $30.5 million deal with the Orioles on his 32nd birthday, ending 333 days of negotiations.
1993Feb. 6: Former tennis star Arthur Ashe dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at age 49. He had been infected by a blood transfusion.June 6: Playing in game No. 1,790 of the streak, Ripken twists his right knee during a bench-clearing brawl with the Mariners. The knee is swollen and painful the next day, but he doesn’t miss a game.July 15: Ripken hits his 278th home run as a shortstop, passing Ernie Banks for first all time at that position.
1994Jan. 6: Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan injures her leg in an attack by a man with ties to rival skater Tonya Harding.Aug. 1: Ripken plays in his 2,000th consecutive game, at Minnesota.
1995June 30: The Cleveland Indians’ Eddie Murray gets his 3,000th career hit, a single off the Twins’ Mike Trombley.Sept. 5-6: Ripken ties and breaks Lou Gehrig’s major-league record by playing in his 2,130th and 2,131st consecutive games. In the record-tying and record-setting games, he goes a combined 5-for-9 with two home runs. (Ripken homers in Game 2,131, left.)
1996March 29: Baltimore’s NFL team is named the Ravens.May 28: Ripken has his first three-homer game and drives in eight runs at Seattle.June 14: Ripken breaks Japanese star Sachio Kinugasa’s world record by playing in his 2,216th consecutive game.July 22-24: Timonium swimmer Beth Botsford, 15, wins an individual gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke and a relay gold at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
1997March 14: Coppin State becomes the first school from Baltimore to win a game in the men’s Division I NCAA basketball tournament, stunning second seed South Carolina in the East Regional, 78-65.April 13: Tiger Woods, 21, becomes the youngest to win the Masters Tournament and the first black golfer to win one of the sport’s four major tournaments, running away with a 12-stroke victory.Aug. 2: In game No. 2,423 of the streak, Ripken considers leaving in the bottom of the first at Oakland with lower-back pain. He remains in the game, singles in his next at-bat and homers the next day as his back condition steadily improves.
1998June 14: The Chicago Bulls win their sixth NBA title in eight years, beating the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, 87-86, on Michael Jordan’s jumper with five seconds left.Aug. 21: A seventh-inning single to right is Ripken’s 2,849th career hit, breaking Brooks Robinson’s Orioles career record.Sept. 19: Last game of Ripken’s streak.Sept. 20: Ripken decides to take himself out of the lineup, ending his consecutive-games streak at 2,632.
1999April 20: Because of nerve irritation in his lower back, Ripken is forced to go on the disabled list for the first time in his career.June 13: Ripken goes 6-for-6 against Atlanta, with two home runs, six 6 RBIs and 13 total bases.July 10: The United States wins the women’s World Cup soccer title, defeating China on Brandi Chastain’s penalty kick.July 25: Less than three years after overcoming testicular cancer, American cyclist Lance Armstrong wins the Tour de France.Sept. 2: Ripken hits his 400th career home run off Tampa Bay’s Rolando Arrojo, becoming the 29th player to reach the milestone.
2000April 15: Ripken singles off Minnesota’s Hector Carrasco in the seventh inning to get his 3,000th hit.May 9: Ripken is in the Orioles’ lineup as a designated hitter, the first DH appearance of his career.July 23: Tiger Woods, 24, wins the British Open, becoming the youngest player to win golf’s four major tournaments in a career.
2001Jan. 28: Led by a record-setting defense, the Ravens win the Super Bowl, routing the New York Giants, 34-7.March 24: The Maryland men defeat Stanford, 87-73, to earn the team’s first trip to college basketball’s Final Four.April 21: Baltimore boxer Hasim Rahman wins the world heavyweight title with a fifth-round knockout of Lennox Lewis in South Africa.June 19: Ripken announces that he will retire at the end of the 2001 season.July 10: In his last All-Star Game, in Seattle, Ripken is named the game’s Most Valuable Player after hitting his second career All-Star homer, a third-inning shot off Chan Ho Park.Oct. 6: Ripken plays the last game of his career against the Red Sox at Camden Yards.— Paul McCardell and Jeff Zrebiec

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