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A Ticket Stub from the First Game of Cal Ripken Jr.'s Streak

This stub is an exceedingly rare ticket stub from the first game, played on May 30, 1982, of Cal Ripken Jr.'s consecutive games played streak. Ripken would begin his streak at the third base position and bat eighth in the batting lineup. Beginning in this game, Ripken would play in every game for the Orioles until he asked manager Ray Miller to sit him out on Sept. 20, 1998 -- a total of 2,632 consecutive games over 16 years. How many ticket stubs of the first game of Ripken's streak could there be, as it was an inconsequential game at the beginning of the season? Who could have known that this game would start the streak that would eclipse Lou Gehrig's seemingly insurmountable consecutive games played streak of 2,130 games? In terms of extremely scarce baseball relics, this stub is definitely one.

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