Sports Records That Will Never Be Broken
2014-07-22 07:00:00 EDT
Here are some of sports most unbreakable records. They say nothing is guaranteed in sports, but you can bet your life savings that these records will never fall.
Most consecutive baseball games played, 2,632 – Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles was baseballs Iron Man and played in more consecutive games than a lot of players are fortunate enough to play, period. The next closest player to Ripken’s number is Lou Gehrig, and well, that’s if you want to call 502 games close. Nowadays baseball players take a trip to the DL with a hangnail injury or a broken pinky toe. This record will never come close to being broken and you can bet the house on it.
Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game – Back in 1962, Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors took 63 shots and finished the game with 100 points. Chamberlain played all 48 minutes despite the Warriors being in control for much of the game. This record has no chance in hell of falling because there aren’t any NBA players who are taking that many shots in a single game. Kobe Bryant took 46 shots to score 81 points in 2006, and while that seems like a lot, he’s still 19 points shy, which was more than any of his teammates scored that night. Chamberlain was just bigger, stronger and faster than his terrible competition. He also played strictly for stats like this. Somebody will be lucky to top Kobe’s 81-point game, you can forget about 100 points.
Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak – Think of all the baseball that has been played each year and yet this record has been sitting quite comfortable since 1941. In fact, there are only five other players who have put together a hitting streak of at least 40 games, never mind another 50-game hitting streak to truly threaten DiMaggio. This streak doesn’t just take skill, it takes tremendous luck. The baseball needs to bounce the right way, you have to be fast enough to beat out some infield hits, and the defenders have to be too slow. It’s just a lot of luck for more than a month for baseball’s top record to fall.
John Wooden’s seven straight NCAA basketball championships in a item – Winning seven straight championships in any sport is remarkable, but it’s even more incredible to do it in college where the players are constantly changing. Look at Kentucky and the overwhelming NBA talent it attracts each season. Not even the Wildcats are able to win championships at this rate. The NCAA Tournament makes it really tough just to win one championship, let alone seven. The bracket format is designed to create parity in college basketball, and it’s doing its job alright. This record will live on forever.
Rickey Henderson’s 1,406 stolen bases – There were three seasons where Henderson stole at least 100 bases. Henderson had 13 seasons of at least 53 stolen bases. To easily breakdown the numbers for you, a player would have to average 94 steals over the course of 15 seasons to break this record. It’s fair to say that Henderson was in a class of his own and an absolute thief on the base paths. Baseball will never see anybody as sneaky at stealing bases as Henderson. We’ve seen some fast runners in the past, but nobody will be as successful as Henderson in stealing bags.