The Iron Man of Sports World

When a person displays great skill and performance in a particular field, we often compare that person with a superhero, for his exceptional talent. Sportsmen, in general, are required to be of great physical power, alongside diligence and, presence of mind.

Those players who show an unbelievable mix of all these and give performances that make them appear gifted are often referred to as the Iron Man, one of the most popular superheroes in the world. Let us take a look at a list of players, each of whom is known as the Iron Man of Sports World.

The Iron Man of Sports World

◊ Cal Ripken, Jr. – The Baseball Iron Man (Games)

The Iron Man of Sports World
Cal Ripken, Jr. – The Baseball Iron Man (Games)

Calvin Edwin “Cal” Ripken, Jr. aka The Iron Man was a former baseball shortstop and third baseman who spent 20 seasons of his career in MLB playing exclusively for the Baltimore Orioles. He won the World Series in 1983. Baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr. played a total of 2,632 continuous MLB matches in his career which is the longest contentious games streak in baseball, and he is inducted in the top place in our list of the iron man of sports world. He achieved the record in 16.25 years of his career. Cal Ripken, Jr. surpassed the previous contentious streak record of 2,130 games by Lou Gehrig in 1995 and held the record since then. Among active players, Evan Longoria currently has a contentious streak of 243 matches and has a chance of surpassing the record made by Cal Ripken, Jr.

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◊ Cal Ripken, Jr. – The Baseball Iron Man (Innings)

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Cal Ripken, Jr. – The Baseball Iron Man (Innings)

Ripken is widely considered as one of the best shortstops in the history of baseball. He was a part of the All-Star team for consecutive 19 seasons from 1983 to 2001. He was also named AL Most Valuable Player twice in 1983 and 1991. Baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr. played a total of 8,264 continuous MLB innings in his career which is the longest contentious innings streak in baseball, and he is inducted in the second place in our list of the iron man of sports world. He achieved the record in 5.67 years of his career. Cal Ripken, Jr. surpassed the previous contentious streak record of 5,152 innings by George Pinkney in 1985 and held the record since then. Among active players, several players currently have a contentious streak of less than 1450 innings and have a chance of surpassing the record made by Cal Ripken, Jr.

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◊ Ricky Rudd – The NASCAR Iron Man (Races)

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Ricky Rudd – The NASCAR Iron Man (Races)

Richard L. “Ricky” Rudd aka The Rooster won the Virginian of the Year in 2006 and was also inducted in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also inducted in the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame in October 2010. NASCAR racer Ricky Rudd started a total of 788 continuous NASCAR races in his career which is the longest contentious racing streak in NASCAR, and he is inducted in the third place in our list of the iron man of sports world. He achieved the record in 25 years of his career. Ricky Rudd surpassed the previous contentious streak record of 655 NASCAR races by Terry Labonte in 2002 and held the record since then. Among active players, Jeff Gordon currently has a contentious streak of 772 NASCAR races and has a chance of surpassing the record made by Ricky Rudd.

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