Ripken Lineup Card Dispute Settled
BALTIMORE (AP) _ A dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and former manager Phil Regan over the lineup card for the game in which Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games record has been settled, the Sun reported Wednesday.
The card has been valued at as much as $30,000 and the pen used to make it out at perhaps $9,000. The Orioles claimed the two items as their property.
The Sun said an out-of-court settlement reached between the Orioles and Regan allowed the card to be sold.
On Sept. 5, 1995, Ripken played in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Gehrig’s record.
Managers usually make two copies of their lineup cards. Because of the historic significance, Regan made five. He kept one copy and tried to auction it through a Chicago firm in 1998, along with the pen.
Regan offered the cards for sale in December 1998 through Northshore Sports, a Chicago-based auction house. Before the auction was completed, the Orioles went to court and won a court order blocking the sale.
A Virginia man, Warren Fitzgibbon, 38, told The Sun he paid more than $40,000 for the copy of the card, as well as one used in the previous night’s game, when Ripken tied Gehrig’s record.