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Ryan Minor, Orioles 3B who Replaced Cal Ripken at the End of His Record-Setting Streak, Dies at 49

Ryan Minor, the Baltimore Orioles infielder who became a part of baseball history by replacing Cal Ripken at the end of a record-setting streak in 1998, has died. He was 49 years old.

The University of Oklahoma, where Minor played baseball and basketball, announced Friday that Minor died of cancer. The Orioles also released a statement on social media.

On September 4, 1999, No. 10 Ryan Minor of the Baltimore Orioles hits a ground ball during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Mitchell Leighton/Getty Images)

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

“I had no idea when he was going to come to the park,” Miner said at the time.

Baltimore Orioles infielder Ryan Minor in action during a spring training game against the Montreal Expos at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

Baltimore Orioles infielder Ryan Minor in action during a spring training game against the Montreal Expos at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Jamie Squire/All)

Minor then played parts of four seasons with the Orioles and Montreal Expos, appearing in 142 games in the major leagues. This summer, the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Orioles' minor league affiliate, retired his No. 44 uniform for the first time in franchise history. He hit 24 home runs with Delmarva in 1997 while working his way to the majors, then coached the team from 2010-2012 and 2014-2017. He also managed Frederick Keyes on multiple occasions.

At Oklahoma, Minor pitched and played first base. He helped the Sooners win the national title in baseball in 1994 and was named the Big Eight Player of the Year in basketball in 1995. The 6-foot-6 Minor scored 1,946 points and was drafted in the second round of the 1996 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and the same year by the Orioles.

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame recently announced that Miner will be part of the 2024 class of inductees.

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