The Orioles will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken, Jr.'s record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game on Tuesday, September 1, at the 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The celebration will recognize the iconic moment when Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game, passing New York Yankees legend LOU GEHRIG, on September 6, 1995.
Ripken will throw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of a variety of commemorative events planned at Oriole Park to honor the anniversary. Beginning today, the Orioles are holding a special 2131 sweepstakes, in which fans are encouraged to submit their photos from the historic record-breaking game, record-tying game, other Streak Week games or activities, or any photos taken with Ripken on Twitter or Instagram using #My2131. The Orioles will select one fan to receive four tickets to the September 1 game along with a pre-game, on-field experience and an autographed copy of the Cal Ripken, Jr. authentic retirement commemorative program.
Additionally, the 2,131st person to check-in using the MLB Ballpark app the weekend of July 10-12 when the Orioles host the Washington Nationals, will win four tickets to the game on September 1 and a Cal Ripken, Jr. autographed commemorative item.
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. He retired from baseball after the 2001 season with the most career home runs as a shortstop (345). Throughout his Orioles career, Ripken played in 19 All-Star Games and was named the All-Star Game MVP in 1991 and 2001. In 2007, Ripken was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the September 1 game against the Tampa Bay Rays should call 1-888-848-BIRD or visit www.orioles.com/tickets. For additional information, visit www.orioles.com/2131.