Cal Ripken, Jr.

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Cal Ripken Jr. Breaks Lou Gehrig’s Consecutive Game Streak in Nike Cleats

They said it couldn’t be done. For nearly sixty years, MLB Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played stood as a seemingly untouchable record. Steve Garvey came closer than anyone during a run which lasted from 1975 to 1983 and totaled 1,207 games, but it fell considerably short of Gehrig’s mammoth milestone.

On September 6, 1995, that all changed. As Baltimore hosted the California Angels, Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. shattered Gehrig’s mark with his 2,131st straight game. The historic game drew huge ratings numbers and was attended by both President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. Cal Ripken’s record stands as one of the most significant baseball records of all time, and was extended for another three years as Ripken finished with 2,632 consecutive games. If there’s one thing Ripken’s accomplishment taught us, it’s that you can never say never in the world of baseball, but it’s safe to say his record isn’t in jeopardy anytime soon.

During the early ’90s, “The Iron Man” Cal Ripken Jr. was known for wearing adidas cleats. By the time his career-defining game in 1995, he had switched over to Nike, wearing a vintage pair of black-and-orange cleats during game 2,131. You won’t find these on shelves anymore, but you can shop Nike’s current baseball selection here.

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