8,243 Consecutive innings played from June 5, 1982, to Sept. 14, 1987 2,632 Consecutive games played from May 30, 1982, to Sept. 19, 1998 .996 Record for fielding percentage in a season by a shortstop (1990) 19 All-Star Game selections 2,216 Consecutive games played at one position (shortstop)...
Orioles' Iron Man felt 'a pull,' not push to quit; 'Totally a personal decision'; Hometown hero makes it official, expresses relief
Legend's career marked by 'Streak,' trail he blazed as good-hitting shortstop
Timing: Cal Ripken's retirement will cost the Orioles their best-known face, but it will smooth the way for rebuilding the team.
Photos spanning Ripken's 21 seasons with the Orioles
In many athletes' minds, success is a black-and-white proposition. Either you attain a certain goal or accolade, or you fail.
There were 26 pitchers in baseball's 300-save club before Wednesday, an elite group headed by a right-hander who had the game's most devastating cut fastball (Mariano Rivera), another who had one of baseball's best changeups (Trevor Hoffman), and a left-hander who threw 98 mph (Billy Wagner).
— The noise from the opposing bench became louder and louder, enough for Mike Bolsinger to hear.