BALTIMORE, MD —
In September of 1995, baseball was in rough shape.
The strike of 1994 had bled into 1995, creating a slightly shortened season and no defending World Champion since the prior years World Series had been cancelled.
The World Series had only been cancelled once before (1904), and plenty of fans did not welcome back baseball with open arms.
Baseball needed a savior, and Cal Ripken, Jr. was the man for the job. Having not missed a game since May 30, 1982, Ripken was on pace to break Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played streak in September of the 1995 season.