Perseverance pays off | Farmington-press

Lou Gehrig’s amazing streak of playing in more consecutive professional baseball games than anyone else ever had ended on May 2, 1939, only after the superstar contracted ALS. The disease was to become known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. His record of 2,130 consecutive games seemed unbreakable; it stood for over 56 years!

However, on Sept. 6, 1995, Cal Ripken broke Gehrig’s record and went on to extend the streak to 2,632 games. Breaking this record is one of professional baseball’s most stunning achievements. In fact, when Ripken broke the record, he had missed just 164 of the 19,386 innings the Orioles had played while he was on the team. His streak officially started on May 30, 1982. If he had not sat out the second game of a doubleheader on May 29, the record would have begun 22 games earlier. Ripken also played in 28 playoff games with the Orioles, but those games are not included in the record.

The streak-breaking game was televised by ESPN, and it ranks as one of the most-watched and memorable games in baseball history. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore both attended the game. When the record became official, the…

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