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Ryan Minor, Infielder Who Replaced Cal Ripken to End Consecutive Games Streak, Dead at 49



Ryan Minor, a two-sport star at the University of Oklahoma who started in Cal Ripken’s spot in the lineup to end the Hall of Famer’s record consecutive games played streak, died on Friday after a battle with colon cancer, his twin brother Damon posted on social media.

He was 49.

“He truly was the best twin brother you can ask for. His family and I want to thank everyone for the prayers and support during this time,” Damon wrote on X.

Before his pro career, Minor excelled on both the baseball field and basketball court, averaging over 20 points in his junior and senior years at Oklahoma before getting selected 32nd overall by the 76ers in the 1996 NBA Draft.

He played in a few preseason games for Philadelphia before his release.

He was also a force for the Oklahoma baseball team, helping lead the Sooners to a 1994 national title, getting named to the College World Series all-tournament.

After getting drafted twice — 1992 by the Orioles and 1995 by the Mets — Minor signed on with the Orioles after he was taken in the 1996 draft.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former third baseman and longtime minor league manager Ryan Minor, who courageously fought cancer,” the Orioles said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan’s family and friends at this time.”

He spent three big league seasons with the Orioles, most notably taking Ripken’s spot in the lineup on Sept. 20, 1998, which ended the Iron Horse’s record streak of consecutive games played at 2,632.

He managed and coached in the minor leagues, including in the Orioles system, after his playing career.

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