Sunday will mark exactly 25 years since Sept. 6, 1995, the night that Cal Ripken played in his 2,131st consecutive game, passing Lou Gehrig for the most consecutive games played in MLB history.
Fitting that the Yankees are in Baltimore this weekend, and Ripken will be there Sunday as part of pregame ceremonies scheduled at Camden Yards.
MLB Network and MLB.com will also celebrate Ripken's setting of a new streak this weekend, with a slate of programming and content celebrating the 25th anniversary. From MLB Network's release:
This Sunday, September 6, MLB honors the 25th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.’s record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game with special programming, content and features to celebrate Baseball’s Iron Man and his historic feat.
The Hall of Famer recently filmed a ceremonial first pitch to his son, Ryan Ripken, an infielder in the Orioles Minor League system at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The pitch will be a part of pregame ceremonies at Oriole Park before Baltimore’s game against the Yankees and will be shown on broadcasts and in-ballpark during games across Major League Baseball in recognition of the 25th anniversary. During the Orioles/Yankees game, Ripken will join both the MASN television and Orioles Radio Network game broadcasts to reflect on the anniversary.
MLB.com will feature a digital package detailing the historic streak and the legendary performance of baseball’s 'Iron Man. Content related to Ripken and “The Streak” will be published, with former players, coaches, staff, and media sharing their memories of Ripken and his journey on the League’s website and across its social platforms. MLB.com will stream “Iron: The Legacy of Cal Ripken, Jr.” on its homepage beginning at 12:00 PM ET.
To celebrate the anniversary, MLB Network will debut “The Streak: 25 Years Later” on Sunday at 8:00 PM ET, featuring a new and candid discussion between Ripken and MLB Network’s Tom Verducci as they watch memorable moments from that iconic night more than two decades ago. A clip from The Streak: 25 Years Later can be viewed here.
To preview the one-hour program Verducci sates, “Viewers are in for a treat to see Cal Ripken not just remember but relive the night he broke Lou Gehrig’s record.
Ripken tells fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about one of the sport's most memorable nights. And yes, baseball’s ‘Iron Man’ even gets a bit emotional.”
From MLB Network’s Studio 42, Ripken takes viewers through the night, from the pre-game and postgame festivities to the in-game celebration in front of the baseball world at Camden Yards once the game became official. Ripken also discusses his link to Gehrig in baseball history, his father Cal Ripken Sr.’s influence on his baseball life, how close the streak came to ending along the way, and the mentality needed to accomplish the feat. Ripken reflects on how he feels about the streak being tied to his identity 25 years later, and Ripken’s brother, former teammate and MLB Network analyst Bill Ripken, also joins the program to discuss growing up in a baseball family and his brother’s pursuit of history.
Ripken played in a Major League-record 2,632 consecutive games before taking himself out of the lineup on Sunday, September 20, 1998. During “The Streak,” he won the 1982 American League Rookie of the Year award along with the AL Most Valuable Player award in 1983 and again in 1991. In 2007, Ripken was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.