Cal Ripken, Jr. has become more than just a great baseball player; he has become a baseball legend. Ripken compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and broke Lou Gehrig's career record for the most consecutive games played 2,131 in MLB history. The Ironman ended the amazing streak at 2,632, taking himself out of a game in the fifth inning versus the New York Yankees.This is an authentic game model baseball that honors his 21-season career. Cal Ripken, Jr. hand signed this commemorative retirement baseball. A Steiner Sports Certificate of Authenticity is included.