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On This Date: Cal Ripken Jr. Becomes Iron Man

Photo: Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun

Home runs, records breaking, raucous crowds...and even Presidents in attendance. These are all things that baseball fans universally love, regardless of the city you are from or the team you root for. 

On this date in 1995, all four of those elements combined into one magical night in Baltimore when Cal Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game and broke Lou Gehrig's thought-to-be un-touchable record.

The night would not be without it's unexpected magic as just before becoming official Ripken smacked a home run into the left field seats.

And of course, here's the moment when this became an official game where the whole crowd rose to its feet and gave Ripken an ovation that lasted over 10 minutes in the middle of the game.

By it's end, Ripken's streak spanned 2,632 games and took over 16 seasons to complete. With the way today's game is played, it would seem nearly impossible to beat.

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