Every athlete wishes that they could forever be immortalized by obtaining a record that stands the test of time. However, for most of them eternal glory is rarely achieved. It's only every so often that a player comes along and truly dominates their sport, like Babe Ruth, Wayne Gretzky, and Michael Jordan (or that guy named "Wilt"). Hell, if you ask a random person on the street a trivia question about baseball, hockey, or basketball records, chances are that they'd probably guess those three or four players, respectively. And to make matters worse -- when specifically talking about Wayne Gretzky OR Wilt Chamberlain -- they'd actually be right 60 or 70 times! It's no surprise that those aforementioned players hold some very important records, but we're going to willfully ignore each and every one of them.
That's right, this list doesn't care about the players that you would typically expect to see listed next to an incredible sports achievement. That's boring. We're going to really sink our teeth into the record books and dig up some of the names that the common fan would never guess actually hold fairly important records in the world of sports.
No Favres, Bradys, or Mannings… No Ruths, Gretzkys, or Jordans. Those are the rules. This isn't to say that the players on this list aren't deserving of their achievements (some are in their sport's Hall of Fame), we're just trying to feature some players that you probably wouldn't think would hold the records that they hold. So, without further ado, here's our breakdown of those unsung sports heroes!
14 Johnny Vander Meer
Back to back no-hitters in 1938
13 John Isner/Nicolas Mahut
Longest Tennis Match Ever
12 Rob Bironas
Most points in an NFL game without scoring a touchdown (26, NFL record eight field goals and two extra points)
11 Walter Johnson
110 MLB shutouts
10 Hugh Duffy
Single season batting average record of .440 in 1894
9 Byron Nelson
Two records in golf: consecutive wins (11) and 18/35 tour victories in 1945
8 Antonio Cromartie
Longest missed field goal returned for a touchdown (109 yards)
7 Darryl Sittler
10 point game in 1976 (6 goals 4 assists)
6 Jose Calderon
Highest free throw percentage in a season (98.05%)
5 Scott Skiles
Most assists in a game (30)
4 Sid Luckman
13.9% touchdown ratio (28 touchdowns in 202 passes in 1943)
3 Ben Scrivens
59 save regular season shutout
2 Ernie Nevers
40 points by himself in a game
1 Brian Boucher
Shutout streak of 332 minutes and 1 second
Goaltending started to become so efficient in the '90s and 2000s that they had to implement more rule changes to increase overall scoring during the lockout of 2004. Netminders like Dominik Hasek, Patrick Roy, Eddie Belfour, and Martin Brodeur all shined in their respective creases, but many people wouldn't guess that Brian Boucher holds one of the best NHL modern day goaltending records that will most likely never be threatened. Boucher maintained a scoreless streak of 332 minutes and 1 second, which, if you do the math, is equivalent to five and a half straight games without giving up a goal. It's considered a modern day record because two records prior to 1929 were actually longer, but back then the NHL had rules that crippled offense and heavily favored defense, which were ultimately altered in 1943 to more closely resemble the sport that we see today.
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