Streak turns 40

One of the greatest records in sports started inauspiciously on this day 40 years ago.
The Baltimore Orioles were shut out that afternoon at home, collecting exactly one hit in the contest.
Their third baseman was 0 for 2 with a walk.
That was Cal Ripken Jr., and he wouldn’t miss a game for the next 16 years.
Shortly after Ripken’s streak began I was brought into this world.
Which means I must also soon be turning… no, that can’t be right.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone.

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My name is Mike O'Connell. I am 40 years old and live in Northern Virginia. I am a teacher, a musician, and an enthusiast of all things American.

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