On this day in 1999, Cal Ripken Jr. became the first Oriole to go 6-for-6 in a game, as the O’s scored the most runs in franchise history (at that time) on their way to a 22-1 win over the Braves.
Cal’s six-hit game is still an Orioles single-game record, as are the five runs he scored off of his six hits in that game as well.
Miguel Tejada was the last Oriole to come close with a five-hit game on July 9, 2005 versus the Boston Red Sox at OPACY.
The O’s topped their single-game run record by one run on September 28, 2000 in scoring 23 runs (and allowing only 1 run) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.
Cal’s six-hit game was only one example of his prowess at the plate, as he still holds Orioles career batting records for hits (3,184), RBI (1,695), walks (1,129), at bats (11,551), doubles (603), extra-base hits (1,078), runs (1,647), total bases (5,168), and home runs (431).