Tip your cap to baseball's new Iron Man
Sept. 6, 1995 - Baltimore's iron man replaced the Yankees' Iron Horse when Cal Ripken played in his 2,131st consecutive game, bettering the record that Lou Gehrig held for 56 years.
In the fourth inning, Ripken homered. After the California Angels were retired in the fifth inning, with Baltimore leading, Game No. 2,131 was official and Camden Yards erupted. Ripken's presentation of his jersey and cap to his wife and two young children brought waves of warm applause from the sellout crowd of 46,272, including President Bill Clinton and Joe DiMaggio.
The ovation for Ripken lasted 22 minutes and 15 seconds.
In a postgame ceremony, DiMaggio said, "Wherever my old teammate Lou Gehrig is today, I'm sure he's tipping his cap to you, Cal Ripken."
The streak will reach 2,632 games before Ripken decides to sit out late in the 1998 season.
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