Aside from the game being a landmark in Ripken’s career, nothing particularly memorable happened. The crowd gave shortstop a standing ovation when he walked up to the plate for his first inning at bat. He mad a couple good plays, and everything was the same as any other game. The Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0.
Ripken said “The Biggest compliment that could be paid to me is, ‘He plays the game the same way he did in the first few seasons.’ That’s my goal. I’ve never been obsessed with Mr. Gehrig.”
Ripken’s streak ended on September 19, 1998, at 2,632 games. The record has yet to be broken, and will probably never be duplicated. Gehrig played the second most games, 2,130.
At the end of his 21 year career with the Orioles he had played 3,001 games and over 20,000 innings. He hit 431 home runs and batted in almost 1700 runs. He made three post season appearances. The Orioles won the World Series once, in 1983, with him on the roster.
Ripken had his number, 8, retired by the Orioles in 2001. He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. He is remembered as one of the greatest baseball players of all time.