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Who was the last Oriole to play shortstop before Cal Ripken?

Question #3264. Asked by hoss.
Last updated Mar 05 2017.

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Mark Belanger was the last Oriole to play shortstop before Cal made his debut at that position in August 1981.

Belanger played with the Orioles from 1965 to 1981 and appeared in four World Series. In the early 1970's, he was part of an outstanding infield that had Brooks Robinson at third, Davey Johnson at second and Boog Powell at first. He was a link in an Oriole tradition of superb shortstops, taking over for Luis Aparicio and giving way to Cal Ripken.

link http://www.nytimes.com/1998/10/07/sports/mark-belanger-54-a-shortstop-on-orioles-known-for-fielding.html


Response last updated by gtho4 on Mar 05 2017.
Jun 15 2000, 2:03 AM
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It might be Lenn Sakata. He was the starting shortstop for the Orioles when Cal Ripken, Jr. began his consecutive games played streak.

link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenn_Sakata




Response last updated by gtho4 on Mar 05 2017.
Jun 16 2000, 6:33 PM
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The last game Cal Ripken Jr started at third base was on Wed 30-Jun-1982. Len Sakata was the starting shortstop on that day. From then onwards he was the starting shortstop. Ripken was starting shortstop in the next game, on Thu 1-Jul-1982.

link http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL198206300.shtml
link http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL198207010.shtml

None of them got to play shortstop very much. From June 30, 1982, to Sept. 14, 1987, no one played there at all. Except Cal Ripken. He played 8,243 consecutive innings, beginning that streak with a month at third base in May 1982 and continuing it for the next five seasons as the exclusive shortstop. Ripken's backups got about as much use during those five years as the first base and third base coaching boxes. Blame it on Lenn Sakata, an Orioles utility player from 1980 to 1985. Sakata started at shortstop for most of the first three months of the 1982 season before losing the job to Ripken for good.

link http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1995-09-06/sports/1995249135_1_play-shortstop-orioles-shortstop-ripken

Mar 05 2017, 5:39 AM
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