On July 19, 1991, Cal Ripken played his 1,500th consecutive game as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners. Ripken hit his 20th homer in the third inning, making him only the eighth player to hit 20 home runs in his first 10 seasons. By the end of Ripken's career, his consecutive games played streak became the longest in history with 2,632 games. Lou Gehrig previously held the record with 2,130 games.
Cal Ripken had a great year in 1991. He was voted American League Most Valuable Player, and he was awarded the American League Gold Glove Award and the American League Silver Slugger Award. Also, Ripken became the first player ever to win the Home Run Derby and be named All Star Game MVP in the same year. The Orioles finished in 6th place in 1991 with a 67-95 record.
At the end of the 1991 season, Memorial Stadium, the Orioles' home since 1954, saw its last MLB game against the Detroit Tigers. Ripken was the last Oriole to bat at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. Cal Ripken's number 8 was retired by the Baltimore Orioles in 2001. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007,