At 49, Oklahoma Great Ryan Minor dies after replacing Cal Ripken after record streak.

Following a courageous and protracted battle against cancer, Ryan Minor, a former two-sport standout at Oklahoma and a player in the Major League Baseball, passed away on Friday at the age of 49. He had been battling the disease for a long time.

At 49, Oklahoma Great Ryan Minor dies after replacing Cal Ripken after record streak.
At 49, Oklahoma Great Ryan Minor dies after replacing Cal Ripken after record streak.

 

A recognition was bestowed to Minor in recognition of his achievements in both of these sports. He is most well-known for taking over the starting lineup from Cal Ripken Jr. in the year 1998, which was the year when Ripken established a record for the most consecutive games played with the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball. This is the achievement that he is most proud of to this day. Following Ripken’s achievement of the milestone, he assumed the starting lineup position.

 

During his four years at Oklahoma, Minor was among the best players in both baseball and basketball, and he reached the highest levels of competition in each of these sports. His team, the Oklahoma Sooners, included him as a member. 1995 was the year when Minor was honored as the Big Eight Player of the Year and was also recognized as a member of the third team of All-America in the competitive sport of basketball. Both of these accomplishments occurred in the same year. One of the teams who selected him in the first round of the draft was the Philadelphia 76years.

At 49, Oklahoma Great Ryan Minor dies after replacing Cal Ripken after record streak.

 

First, he was a member of the Oklahoma City Cavalry, a team that competed in the Premier Basketball League for a period of two years. Prior to that, he was a member of the Oklahoma City Cavalry. In the 1996 Major League Baseball draft, Minor was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the second round. On the other hand, the New York Mets selected him in the first round of the 1995 Major League Baseball selection. On the whole, Minor was selected by both of the teams.

 

In 1994, Minor was a part of the Oklahoma College squad that triumphed in the World Series. This winning team went on to win the title. Ripken’s run of 2,632 straight games played in the big leagues of baseball came to an end on September 20, 1998, while Minor made his debut in the main leagues with Baltimore in the same year. Ripken’s streak was broken on September 20, 1998. Last but not least, he started the game assuming Ripken’s position at third base and taking over for him. The class of 2024 that will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame has made the official announcement that the former Sooners star will be joining them in the hall of fame.

At 49, Oklahoma Great Ryan Minor dies after replacing Cal Ripken after record streak.

In contrast, Minor went on to play for independent teams for a few years before to his formal retirement in the year 2005. This occurred before he officially retired from the sport. Before calling it quits, he had his last appearance in the big leagues in the year 2001, while he was playing for the Montreal Expos. After his time spent with the Orioles organization, he went on to become a baseball instructor at the minor league level. During this period, he also managed other organizations and played for the Orioles organization.

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