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Iron Man Ripken brought stability to shortstop

Updated: January 10, 2007, 10:37 AM ET
By Nick Acocella | Special to ESPN.com

"I remember having a conversation with my wife and she said, 'Well, can't you just play one inning and then come out?' I said, 'You too?' Because everyone was so into the streak and to me it was never about that. It was just about playing," says Cal Ripken Jr. on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

Cal Ripken, who played in a record 2,632 consecutive games and is one of only two American Leaguers with 3,000 hits and 400 homers, will be profiled on

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