Ryan Minor dead at 49 due to colon cancer

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Ryan Minor, a former MLB player who notably replaced Cal Ripken Jr. in ending his consecutive-games streak and later transitioned to coaching in Baltimore’s minor league system, passed away at the age of 49 due to cancer.

Minor had a multifaceted sports career, excelling in both basketball and baseball at the University of Oklahoma. He was an All-American in basketball and notably contributed to OU’s 1994 national championship in baseball, playing as a first baseman and pitcher.

Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 33rd round of the 1996 MLB Draft, Minor played in the majors for three seasons, appearing in 87 games with the Orioles. One of his notable moments came when he replaced Cal Ripken Jr., ending Ripken’s iconic consecutive-games-played streak at 2,632 on September 20, 1998.

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After his MLB career, Minor transitioned into coaching within the Baltimore Orioles’ minor league system. He managed the Delmarva Shorebirds and the Frederick Keys.

A two-sport star, Minor was recognized as the Big Eight Conference Player of the Year in basketball for the 1994-95 season under the coaching of Kelvin Sampson.

Minor’s battle with Stage IV colon cancer began last fall, as reported by The Oklahoman. Despite his health challenges, he was announced as part of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame 2024 class just a month before his passing.

The sports community, including the Baltimore Orioles and his former basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, expressed their condolences, remembering Minor as a fierce competitor and an exceptional athlete in both baseball and basketball.