A Ticket Stub from the First Game of Cal Ripken
This stub is an exceedingly rare ticket stub
from the first game, played on May 30, 1982, of
Cal Ripken Jr.'s consecutive games played streak.
Ripken would begin his streak at the third base
position and bat eighth in the batting lineup.
Beginning in this game, Ripken would play in every
game for the Orioles until he asked manager Ray
Miller to sit him out on Sept. 20, 1998 -- a total
of 2,632 consecutive games over 16 years. How
many ticket stubs of the first game of Ripken's
streak could there be, as it was an inconsequential
game at the beginning of the season? Who could
have known that this game would start the streak
that would eclipse Lou Gehrig's seemingly insurmountable
consecutive games played streak of 2,130 games?
In terms of extremely scarce baseball relics,
this stub is definitely one.