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Maybe Some Records Aren’t Meant to be Broken

Posted on June 02, 2014 by Martin Banks

We all know the saying, “records are meant to be broken.” However, that may not be the case for some of the greatest records set in the world of sports. No matter if it is in baseball, football, hockey, basketball or any other sport, some achievements propel individuals or teams into legends. And while time will continue and records are never safe, certain incredible records have a chance to never be broken. Here are some of the feats throughout the sports world that may stand as all the others continue to fall.

511 Wins- Cy Young


It’s amazing to think about a pitcher winning over 500 baseball games as a pitcher, yet that’s exactly what Young was able to accomplish. It is certainly a different game now with pitchers taking more time off in between starts, making Young’s record seem untouchable. 300 wins may never be reached again by any pitcher, so Young’s 511 mark is surely one of the greatest records in sports.

56-Game Hitting Streak- Joe DiMaggio

Every baseball season there is someone who puts together an impressive hitting streak. Maybe its 25 games, maybe it’s 34. Then we all think about how that person was still nowhere near DiMaggio’s record of 56 straight games with a hit. Just look at how ridiculous that streak is. Getting a hit in 56 straight games means getting a hit in every game for a third of a season. With today’s pitchers continuing to throw harder and better, it’s very unlikely DiMaggio’s record gets broken anytime soon.

Perfect NFL Season– 1972 Dolphins


We have seen a team get as close as one game away from a perfect record as recently as the 2007 Patriots, but only the ’72 Dolphins have completed that incredible feat. By coming together like aggregates for a construction project, the Dolphins built one of the greatest teams in sports history and hoisted the Lombardi Trophy at the end of it all. This record has a great chance of standing for a long time thanks to one of the NFL’s most valuable assets—its parity.

100 Points- Wilt Chamberlain

I still don’t know how he did it, but he did. On March 2, 1962 Chamberlain scored 100 points and solidified his place in basketball history. He did so by shooting 36 for 63 from the field and going 28 for 32 from the foul line. Even Kobe hasn’t come close to the century mark with his best point total coming in the form of 81 against a terrible Raptors team. I don’t see this record ever being broken.

2,632 Straight Games- Cal Ripken Jr.


Of course there are many other records that could be on this list, but Ripken’s consecutive-game streak is one of the most amazing numbers in all of sports. He played 2,632 games in row. It’s amazing that Ripken never missed a game due to illness or a sprained ankle or any other trivial matter that sideline players at any moment. It would take an MLB player roughly 16 seasons playing every game in order to reach that mark. Considering the closest active player to Ripken’s streak is well under 1,000 consecutive games, I think it’s safe to say this record will be around for quite some time.

Scott Huntington is a blogger and sports writer. Check out his site

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