Orioles to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.'S Record-Breaking 2,131st Consecutive Game Streak

The Orioles will open a three-game homestand on Monday, August 31, at 7:05 p.m. ET against the Tampa Bay Rays. The homestand will feature many special events including KidsPeace Night, an Orioles Wives Habitat for Humanity build, and a night to commemorate the 20th anniversary of CAL RIPKEN, JR.'S record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game.

On Tuesday, September 1, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles will celebrate the iconic moment when Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game, passing New York Yankees great 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. Prior to the game, from approximately 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., the Orioles will show the video 2131: Cal's Moment in Time, originally released in 1995, on the main centerfield video board.

Ripken will be available to media at 6 p.m. in the Auxiliary Clubhouse. Media without credentials for the September 1 game who wish to cover the press conference must contact Chris Martrich of Orioles Public Relations at cmartrich@orioles.com to obtain credentials. Additionally, footage of the first pitch will be available shortly after the beginning of the game via Orioles Productions at www.baltimore.brickftp.com (username: Media2015; password: orioles2015).

As part of the 2131 celebration, 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. Maryland residents can also participate in an online charity auction for the 2130 and 2131 numbered Orioles-themed Maryland license plates on www.orioles.com/2131 from August 27 until the evening of September 6. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation.



On Tuesday, September 1, Orioles pitcher ZACH BRITTON will visit the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Division of Pediatric Oncology to spend time with children battling cancer. This event will not be open to media.


On Wednesday, September 2, several Orioles Wives including JILL DAVIS, MARIA WIETERS, and TIFFANI GIVENS will participate in the demolition and rebuild of a Baltimore home as part of the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake's Baltimore Women Build project. Last year, over 13,500 women volunteered through National Women Build, part of a program created to empower women to take action against poor housing conditions. Locally, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake's Women Build program has funded and constructed homes throughout Baltimore for over nine years and continues to focus on building projects in impoverished areas. The Baltimore City construction site for the Orioles Wives will be at McCabe Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Media interested in covering this event should contact Chris Martrich (cmartrich@orioles.com) to RSVP.



On September 1, the Orioles will host 150 youth from KidsPeace as part of the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program. The participants will receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles T-shirt and cap, as well as transportation to and from the game.

Additionally, KidsPeace will hold a silent auction near Gate E featuring several Orioles items, including a CHRIS DAVIS autographed jersey, BUCK SHOWALTER autographed cap, and MATT WIETERS autographed bat. More information on KidsPeace will be available at the Community Booth by Gate D.

On October 31, the Baltimore Orioles, OriolesREACH, and Manager BUCK SHOWALTER and his wife ANGELA will also host the sixth annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/One Mile Walk at Oriole Park to benefit children in foster care. Interested runners and walkers can register at www.kidspeace5k.org.  The registration fee is $35 through October 27 and $40 on race day.

Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens, and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs, accredited educational services, and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help, and healing to children, families, and communities.


On Wednesday, September 2, representatives from the Alzheimer's Association Greater Maryland Chapter along with DR. ELLEN H. YANKELLOW, PharmD, will attend a special on-field ceremony and ceremonial first pitch. Dr. Yankellow, President and CEO of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, Inc. and a national leader in the advancement of clinical pharmacy for institutions, will throw out the first pitch.

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.


On Wednesday, September 2, American Ninja Warrior finalist GEOFF BRITTEN will throw the first pitch. Britten is a MASN videographer who has made it to the Finals on NBC's hit television show "American Ninja Warrior."


On Monday, August 31, BOBBY GRICH, RON HANSEN, and TIM NORDBROOK are scheduled to greet fans and sign autographs from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series.


During each home game, the Orioles provide a community booth for charitable, non-profit organizations to distribute information, sell raffle tickets, register participants, or conduct health care screenings for Orioles fans. The following groups will be at the community booth, located near Gate D, during this homestand:

DATE                ORGANIZATION

Aug 31                  Pets with Disabilities

Sept 1                   KidsPeace (Gate D Location) & Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation (Kids Corner Location)

Sept 2                   Susan G. Komen Maryland


This season, OriolesREACH is hosting thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the Gameday Experience Program. Group members receive up to 150 game tickets, concessions, an Orioles t-shirt, a cap, and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are provided courtesy of Orioles players participating in the program, including WEI-YIN CHEN, CHRIS DAVIS, MIGUEL GONZALEZ, J.J. HARDY, ADAM JONES, BRIAN MATUSZ, CHRIS TILLMAN, and MATT WIETERS. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:

DATE                ORGANIZATION                                                                        PLAYER SPONSOR

Aug 31              McCulloh Homes Youth Program                                                 Wei-Yin Chen

Sept 1               Kids Peace & Alpha and Omega Christian Worship Center            Chris Tillman

Sept 2               Emmanuel Church International                                                   Brian Matusz


DATE                ITEM/OFFER                SPONSOR                                 ELIGIBILITY

Sept 1               Ollie's Bargain Night      Ollie's Bargain Outlet                  All Upper Reserve seats $10