On Unbreakable Records

Sports are a treasure trove of statistics. I’ve been a sports fan for a long time, thus know that records are meant to be broken. In baseball alone I’ve seen Maris and Aaron pass Ruth; and then McGuire and Bonds pass Maris and Aaron. Orel Hershiser’s 59 consecutive scoreless innings were amazing. As a Reds fan I lived Pete Rose passing Ty Cobb and attended the game the night before.

I think Dimaggio’s 56-game hitting streak can be passed someday, as well as marks by Hershiser’s and Bonds. Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-no’s? – Nada. Given so many stats, it’s hard to imagine anyone hitting 37 triples in a season to pass Chief Wilson’s 1912 standard. Most pitchers today don’t even start 41 games, let alone win 41 as did Jack Chesbro; so some records stand because of a different era.

Records are not limited to baseball. No horse has come with 2 seconds of Secretariat’s amazing win at the Belmont Stakes. I even attended the coldest NFL game on record. Golfers breaking 60 at a PGA event can be counted on one hand.

Meanwhile, listed below are the 7 records I see as not to be broken. Sure there are others, but that’s why I selected only 7. Below are also some resources for readers to enjoy, and feel free to add yours as a comment.

My Lucky 7

  • Cy Young 511 career wins
  • Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no hitters
  • Ty Cobb’s career .366 batting average
  • Richard Petty 27 NASCAR wins in one season
  • Wilt Chamberlin’s 100 point game
  • Byron Nelson 11 consecutive PGA tour wins
  • Most wins by any professional athlete – 1,972 Pete Rose



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