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The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2006 with 129 to follow.
By United Press International

XM Radio swings into baseball season

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- It's April, and the great American pastime is back in action. Major League Baseball's season is under way, giving fans a chance to partake in the ritual experience of enjoying baseball games via radio broadcast.
ELLIOT SMILOWITZ, UPI Correspondent

MLB: N.Y. Yankees 9, Minnesota 3

MINNEAPOLIS, April 16 (UPI) -- Jason Giambi hit two home runs Sunday to lead the New York Yankees to a 9-3 rout of the Minnesota Twins.

Jay Gibbons gets new contract from Orioles

BALTIMORE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Outfielder Jay Gibbons of Baltimore has agreed to a new four-year contract.

MLB: Sutter elected to Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Relief specialist Bruce Sutter has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

MLB: Boston 9, Baltimore 3

BALTIMORE, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A two-run homer by Manny Ramirez Sunday afternoon ignited a 9-3 Boston Red Sox rout of Baltimore to cap a three-game sweep.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2005 with 116 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for Sept. 5-11, 2005.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2005 with 129 to follow.
By United Press International

Rafael Palmeiro gets his 3,000th hit

SEATTLE, July 15 (UPI) -- Rafael Palmeiro became the 26th member of the 3,000 hit club Friday night when he doubled in the fifth inning against Seattle.

Detroit pumped about All-Star game

DETROIT, July 11 (UPI) -- Detroit officials hope baseball's All-Star Game will restore some luster to the troubled Rust Belt city.

Pujols leads NL All-Star voting

NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) -- St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols led the National League All-Star Game balloting released Wednesday.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Sept. 6, the 250th day of 2004 with 116 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 24, the 237th day of 2004 with 129 to follow.
By United Press International

Clear Channel TV plans benefit for GIs

LOS ANGELES, July 26 (UPI) -- Clear Channel Entertainment TV is pitching a TV special to benefit families of U.S. military people in Iraq and Afghanistan, Daily Variety said Monday.
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Cal Ripken
The Ripken family answers question at a press conference on January 9, 2007 to acknowledge the election of Cal Ripken Jr. to the Baseball Hall of Fame at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Seated (l-r) are daughter Rachel, wife Kelly, Cal Ripken Jr. and son Ryan. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)
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Calvin Edwin "Cal" Ripken, Jr. (born August 24, 1960), nicknamed "Iron Man", is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and third baseman. He played his entire 21-year baseball career for the Baltimore Orioles (1981–2001).

Ripken is perhaps best known for breaking New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played, a record many deemed unbreakable. He surpassed the 56-year-old record when he played in his 2,131st consecutive game on September 6, 1995, between the Orioles and the California Angels in front of a sold-out crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. To make the feat even more memorable, Ripken hit a home run in the previous night's game that tied Gehrig's record and another home run in his 2,131st game, which fans later voted as Major League Baseball's "Most Memorable Moment" in MLB history. Ripken played in an additional 501 straight games over the next three years, and his streak ended at 2,632 games when he voluntarily removed his name from the lineup for the final Orioles home game of the 1998 season. His record 2,632 straight games spanned over seventeen seasons, from May 30, 1982, to September 20, 1998.

A 19-time All-Star and member of the 3000 hit club, Ripken is considered one of the best shortstops and third basemen to ever play the game. At 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), 225 lb. (102.27 kg), he pioneered the way for taller, larger shortstops to be successful in that position. When inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, he was a first ballot inductee with the third highest voting percentage (98.53%) in Hall of Fame history, behind Tom Seaver (98.84%) and Nolan Ryan (98.79%).

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Cal Ripken."
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