Baseball is a game that has been around for over a hundred years. In that time, there have been countless players and records set. As the sport has evolved, so too have the benchmarks for excellence. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the sport or just casually interested in the game, odds are you’re familiar with some of baseball’s most iconic records. These feats of athleticism and perseverance are etched into sports lore, and many of them may never be broken.
As the sport has evolved, so too have the benchmarks for excellence. Here are 10 baseball records that are unbreakable, or at least will be very difficult to break.
- Most Career Home Runs
A home run not just sends the crowd in a frenzy but is also the testament of an athlete’s physical and technical prowess. Since long, home runs have been a deciding factor in gauging the impact of a player on the game of baseball.
Here we have compiled the list of home runs for a player in their entire career:
- Barry Bonds: 762
- Hank Aaron: 755
- Babe Ruth: 714
- Alex Rodriguez: 687
- Willie Mays: 660
- Ken Griffey Jr: 630
- Jim Thorne: 612
- Most Single-Season Home Runs
Every season a baseball player rediscovers their spark and try to outperform their peers as well as their previous performances. Season form can either make or break a player and his team.
Here are the top athletes with most home runs in a single season:
- Barry Bonds (2001): 73
- Mark McGwire (1998): 70
- Roger Maris (1961): 61
- Babe Ruth (1927): 60
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- Most Single-Season RBI
A RBI( Run Batted In) is awarded to a batter when the appearance of the batter results in a play that ends up with scoring a run for the team. It is a crucial statistic since every run scored has a decisive bearing on the end result of the game. Also, to make a run scoring play, the batter has to be capable of hitting the ball without getting anyone else or himself out.
Here are the record holders for most RBI in a single season:
- Hack Wilson (1930): 191
- Lou Gehrig (1931): 177
- Jimmy Foxx (1933): 175
- Babe Ruth (1920): 170
- Hal Trosky (1936):142
- Hack Wilson (1924): 141
- Joe DiMaggio (1939): 131
- Chuck Klein (1930): 126
- Largest Margin Of Victory
The most significant margin of victory is 56 runs by the Erie Seawolves over the Harrisburg Senators on August 23rd, 2002. This defeat for the Senators is considered one of the most lopsided games ever played at the professional level.
- Fastest Pitcher To Reach 300 Wins
Warren Spahn reached 300 wins with his final appearance of the 1965 season with the Milwaukee Braves. He needed a win in his final start in order to reach 300, which he did when he pitched a complete-game shutout at Fenway Park against Boston.
- Fastest Pitcher To Reach 200 Wins
Lefty Grove reached 200 wins in his 193rd appearance on June 18th, 1932, for the Philadelphia Athletics. In that time, Lefty had amassed a record of 117-63. In addition to reaching 200 wins quickly, he also won 100 games faster than any other left-handed pitcher (583 games). Lefty was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1947 and passed away at 75 years old on May 22nd, 1975
- Most Hits By A Catcher In Single-Season
John Wathan had a great year in 1984 as he amassed 210 hits in only 128 games. He played the entire season behind the plate, which is a fantastic feat when considering how physically demanding that position can be. Although Major League Baseball has expanded since then, there’s no way any catcher could come close to this record unless they played in 40 less games which just isn’t practical.
- Most Strikeouts In A Single Game
Randy Johnson struck out 20 Seattle Mariners on May 8th, 2001, at Safeco Field. Before this game, the Big Unit was already known for his high strikeout rate, but doing it against an entire professional baseball team is quite impressive. He threw 12 strikeouts through three innings and added eight more in his fourth, finishing with 20 in seven innings.
- Most Consecutive Games Without Allowing An Earned Run
During the 1884 season, Chicago White Stockings pitcher Charlie “Old Hoss” Radbourn started 84 consecutive games and pitched over 680 innings during that span. This means he started 33 complete games in a row – which is still a Major League record today – where he went 26-7 to help his team win the pennant. His scoreless inning streak lasted from July 14th till September 9th of that year, when Jimmy Macullar finally scored on him.
- Largest Margin Of Victory In A World Series Game
I’m sure I don’t have to explain why this one is special, but just for clarification, this is the most significant margin of victory in a World Series game. Game 2 of the 1916 series between the Red Sox and Dodgers saw Boston rout Brooklyn, 22-0.
- Most Career Wins For One Team By An Mlb Player (Hoyt Wilhelm) –
Hoyt Wilhelm played 20 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and won 124 games for them during his career. This means he started 33 complete games in a row – which is still a Major League record today – where he went 26-7 to help his team win 123 games over his 20-year career. At the time of retirement, Wilhelms 363 career wins were a Major League record, and he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.
- Most Grand Slams In A Single Season By One Player
In 1987, slugger Mark McGwire hit a league-leading 10 Grand Slams during the course of that exciting season. No other player in Major League history has ever reached that mark which is truly remarkable when you consider the fact that every team only plays 162-game seasons. In contrast, McGwire played 162-game seasons for three different teams (Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres).
- Highest Career Batting Average
Ty Cobb is still the only Major League baseball player in history to bat over .366. Let’s put that into perspective a bit more, shall we? Babe Ruth batted .342 during his historic career while Ted Williams managed to bat .344, Rogers Hornsby batted .358, and Shoeless Joe Jackson batted an impressive .356. In fact, there hasn’t been a single player who has managed to bat over the Mendoza Line (the infamous line from the sandlots that represents batting below .200) since Willie Wilson hit only .215 back in 1989!
Pundits and fans alike often refer to records as unbreakable. Whether you attribute this to human nature or simple statistics, there’s no doubt that some records will never be broken.