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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cal Ripken, Jr., 2010 Topps Walmart Exclusive Chrome Refractors #WME-2

It's Cal Ripken, Jr.'s birthday today. Number 54 to be exact. And the Orioles began playing in Baltimore in 1954. Coincidence? Absolutely. In case you were curious, Cal's 54th career home run (of 431 total) came on September 28, 1983, off of Dan Petry of the Tigers. It was his 26th and penultimate homer in his first MVP season, and it went for naught in a 9-5 loss. The Iron Man's only birthday home run also came during that thrilling '83 season. On August 24, 1983, Rip hit game-tying solo shot in the tenth inning off of Toronto's Joey McLaughlin. This was the famous game in which Tippy Martinez picked off three Blue Jay runners in one inning, with Lenn Sakata catching. Sakata went on to hit a walkoff three-run homer later in the tenth.

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