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Ryan Minor dies; he replaced Cal Ripken Jr. to end consecutive game streak

By Noé Trister | Associated Press

Ryan Minor, the Baltimore Orioles infielder who made baseball history when he replaced Cal Ripken at the end of his record consecutive-game streak in 1998, has died. He was 49 years old.

The University of Oklahoma — where Minor played baseball and basketball — said he died Friday of cancer. The Orioles also released a statement on social media.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former third baseman and longtime minor league manager Ryan Minor, who courageously battled cancer,” the Orioles said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan’s family and friends at this time.”

Drafted by the Orioles in 1996, Minor made his big league debut late in the 1998 season. Then, a week later – on September 20 – he was thrust into the spotlight. In the team’s final home game of the season, Ripken decided to end its streak of 2,632 consecutive games. Minor started at third base for the first time in his career.

“I didn’t know when I was coming to the park,” Minor said at the time.

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