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Video: Cal Ripken Jr. throws out first pitch on 25th anniversary of breaking Lou Gehrig’s record

Cal Ripken Jr., Orioles, Lou Gehrig, Yankees

Baltimore Orioles legend and MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the team’s Sunday matchup against the New York Yankees.

The opposing team was fitting, seeing as Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of Ripken passing Yankees legend Lou Gehrig’s record for the most consecutive games played.

Check out Cal Ripken Jr.’s first pitch from Sunday:

Gehrig is one of the most celebrated players in MLB history.

The Iron Horse’s enduring spirit in the face of adversity — Gehrig was forced to retire and later died from ALS — made him an American hero, someone who managed to transcend sports. His record of 2,130 straight games played was also thought to be one of the most unbreakable in sports.

That is, until Cal Ripken Jr. took the field for his 2,131st consecutive game on Sept. 6, 1995. It was one of the most historic occasions in the history of the sport, with play even stopping in the middle of the game so Ripken could parade around the field and thank the fans.

Camden Yards might have been empty on Sunday, but the Orioles still found a way to commemorate that memorable evening 25 years ago.

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