Gagne's record one for the ages

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) -- Eric Gagne's record of 84 consecutive saves ranks with baseball's all-time greatest streaks.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 10, Atlanta 8

CHICAGO, June 12 (UPI) -- Frank Thomas hit two home runs and Carlos Lee extended his hitting streak to 26 games Saturday as the Chicago White Sox posted a 10-8 win over Atlanta.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 14, Philadelphia 11

CHICAGO, June 8 (UPI) -- Frank Thomas had a homer and four RBI and Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko each had two homers as the Chicago White Sox beat Philadelphia, 14-11.

Noted ump strikes out in baseball scam

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A former U.S. big-league umpire has admitted to selling collectors bogus balls of history-making events, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Karl Malone likely headed for the IL

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- For the first time in his career, Karl Malone is headed for the injured list.

Orioles sign Tejada to six-year contract

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The Baltimore Orioles on Sunday signed free agent shortstop Miguel Tejada to a six-year contract for an estimated $51 million.

Alex Rodriguez wins AL MVP honors

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in all of sports, Monday was named American League Most Valuable Player.

Baltimore 3, Seattle 1

BALTIMORE, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Tony Batista snapped a fifth-inning tie with an RBI groundout Saturday night as Baltimore eased by Seattle, 3-1.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2003 with 116 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2003 with 129 to follow.
By United Press International

Baltimore 5, N.Y. Yankees 3

NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) -- Sidney Ponson tied the American League lead for wins Thursday afternoon as Baltimore eased past the New York Yankees, 5-3.

White House tee ball enters third season

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Twenty-eight little leaguers will take over a corner of the White House South Lawn Sunday for the third season of the president's tee-ball initiative.

Of Human Interest: News-lite

Former baseball greats Don Mattingly and Cal Ripken Jr. are helping to bring minor league baseball to Evansville, Ind., in 2004.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

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A roundup of top sports stories

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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)

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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