Top 10 Unbreakable Sports Records
With the epic Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut STILL going on after ten hours, and Colorado Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez losing his minuscule ERA after letting up six runs, it’s evident that historic moments can happen at any moment.
Here’s a list of the most unbreakable sports records that might forever remain unchanged. I tried to involve a bunch of different sports to keep it diverse. Enjoy.
1. Joe Dimaggio’s Hit Streak
Dimaggio, one of the greatest hitters, players, and Yankees of all time set this unbelievable record in 1941 and has stood untouched until today. No one has even come close to the tremendous feat and it will remain as Dimaggio’s legacy forever.
2. Oscar Robertson Averages Triple-Double
In the 1961-1962 NBA season, Cincinnati Royals guard Oscar Robertson averaged a triple-double for the entire season, a feat unparalleled in history. He finished the year with 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game, and had a triple-double in 41 of the games during that season (also an NBA record).
3. Wayne Gretzky’s Ridiculous Point Totals
The Great One of hockey is hands down the greatest player to ever play the game, and will forever remain number one. Wayne Gretzky finished his career with 894 goals, 1,963 assists, and 2,857 points.
To put those insane numbers into perspective, Gretzky recorded more assists in his career than the point total of any other player in history! He also hold the record for most points in one season with 215 in 1985-86, which was 103 more points than this past season’s top scorer Henrik Sedin. Wow.
4. Miami Dolphins Perfect Season
Of all the records in this list, this one is the most attainable, with the Patriots and Colts coming close recently. However, I put this in because last season when the Colts could have made an attempt for perfection in the last game, they sat their starters and lost for no reason.
Essentially, the Colts lost on purpose and ruined their hopes (or more likely, their fans’ hopes) for perfection in order to prepare for the playoffs. That’s not the way it should be in my books and I’m glad the record stands to prove the tenacity of the ’72 Dolphins.
5. Teemu Selanne’s Rookie Year
The “Finnish Flash” Teemu Selanne, burst into the league for the Winnipeg Jets in a big way. In his rookie season, 1992-93, Selanne potted 76 goals and kick-started his great career. Scoring 76 goals in an NHL season is a feat by itself, but in your rookie season? Amazing.
6. Ted Williams’ Batting Average
In baseball, the sport of numbers, some stats are more favorable than others. One of the most highlighted statistics is batting average, and each hitter knows that each positive play he makes with his bat will up his popularity with the fans.
Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams set the bar extremely high in 1941 when he finished the year with an average of .406(!). He is the last batter to finish over .400 in a season and also holds the record for highest career batting average.
7. Bob Gibson’s ERA
In the 1968 season, Cardinals righty Bob Gibson pitched his way to a microscopic ERA of 1.12 for the season. I know, it’s crazy right? He also threw 28 complete games for the season.
8. Bill Russell And Henri Richard Championships
Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics legend and Henri Richard, the Montreal Canadiens great, are the only players in North American sports history to win 11 championships in their career.
Richard’s former teammate and Canadiens hero Jean Beliveau, who won 10 as a player and seven more as an execuive came close, but I think 11 is a number that’s out of reach for any pro sports players right now.
9. Glenn Hall Iron Man
Glenn Hall, the Chicago Blackhawks goalie holds a record that will never be broken due to the way the NHL is currently run. Hall played in 502 consecutive games for the Blackhawks (without a mask by the way) and ended the streak in November, 1962 due to back problems.
In today’s NHL, coaches never play their starting goalies for too many games in a row, allowing the back-ups to step in and give the main guy a rest. A true iron man in every sense of the words, Mr. Goalie’s record will forever remain untouched.
10. Wilt Chamberlain’s Century Mark
One of the most dominant centers to ever play the game, Wilt Chamberlain placed his name in the record books with this historic game. On March 2, 1962, Wilt scored 100 points on 36 for 63 shooting.
Kobe came close against the lowly Raptors recently, finishing with 81, but this record is going to last for a while.