Ripken debuted against Royals 31 years ago Friday

Ripken debuted against Royals 31 years ago Friday

Ripken debuted against Royals 31 years ago Friday
BALTIMORE -- Royals director of media relations David Holtzman dug up this historical nugget linking the Royals and the Orioles: Exactly 31 years ago, on Aug. 10, 1981, Cal Ripken Jr. made his Major League debut for the Orioles against the Royals at Baltimore's old Memorial Stadium.

Ripken, 20, was used as a pinch-runner for Ken Singleton in the 12th inning and scored the winning run when John Lowenstein's single gave the Orioles a 3-2 victory.

That game marked the resumption of play following a two-month players strike. Ripken was to play exactly 3,000 more games in his Hall of Fame career, including a record 2,632 in succession.