Ryan Minor, the Baltimore Orioles infielder who replaced Cal Ripken after his record-setting streak in 1998, died. He was 49.
Minor, a baseball and basketball standout at Oklahoma, died of cancer Friday. Social media statements from the Orioles.
Orioles: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of former third baseman and longtime minor league manager Ryan Minor, who courageously fought cancer. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan’s family and friends.”
Minor debuted in baseball late in 1998 after being drafted by the Orioles in 1996. A week later, on Sept. 20, he became famous. Ripken ended his 2,632-game streak in the team's final home game. Minor made his third base debut.
Minor played 142 major league games with the Orioles and Expos over four seasons. His No. 44 was retired by the Orioles minor league club Delmarva Shorebirds this summer.
While preparing for the majors, he hit 24 home runs for Delmarva in 1997 and coached the team from 2010-12 to 2014-17. He also managed the Frederick Keys several times.
Minor pitched and played first base at Oklahoma. He earned Big Eight Basketball Player of the Year in 1995 and helped the Sooners capture a national title in baseball in 1994. The Philadelphia 76ers chose the 6-foot-6 Minor in the second round in 1996, the same year the Orioles did. He scored 1,946 points.
Recently, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced Minor's 2024 induction.