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Ryan Minor, who replaced Cal Ripken to end games streak, dead at 49

Ryan Miner, the University of Oklahoma's two-sport star who started in place of Cal Ripken and ended a Hall of Famer's streak of consecutive games played, died Friday after a battle with colon cancer. Twin brother Damon posted on social media.

He was 49 years old.

“He truly was the best twin brother you could ask for. His family and I would like to thank you for your prayers and support during this time,” Damon wrote to X.

Prior to his professional career, Minor excelled on both the baseball field and the basketball court, averaging over 20 points as a junior and senior at the University of Oklahoma and was selected by the 76ers with the 32nd overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. It was done.

He appeared in several preseason games with Philadelphia before being released.

He was also a force on the Oklahoma baseball team, leading the Sooners to the 1994 national title and being selected to all tournaments in the College World Series.


On August 8, 1999, at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Orioles third baseman Ryan Minor missed a ball hit by Tigers' Brad Ausmus in the bottom of the fourth inning. Related news organizations

After being drafted twice by the Orioles in 1992 and then by the Mets in 1995, Minor signed with the Orioles in the 1996 draft.

“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.”

He spent three major league seasons with the Orioles, most notably starting in place of Ripken on September 20, 1998, ending the Iron Horse's streak of consecutive games played at 2,632.


Baltimore Orioles third baseman Ryan Minor (left) defends the ball as veteran Cal Ripken (right) watches during spring training in Fort Martin. Lauderdale.
Orioles third baseman Ryan Minor (left) throws the ball as he watches.
A photo of veteran Cal Ripken during spring training in Fort Lauderdale. Reuters

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

He hit five home runs and had 27 RBIs in four seasons, spending his last major league season with the Expos in 2001.

After his playing career, he served as a manager and coach in the minor leagues, including the Orioles system.

In November, he was elected to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2024 class. According to The Oklahoman.

He is survived by his wife, Alison, and two daughters.

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