Top 14 Random Athletes You Didn't Know Held Important Records

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

Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

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

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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 

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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 

Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Give TheSportster a Thumbs up!

Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?

Get Your Free Access Now!

More in Entertainment

Top 14 Random Athletes You Didn't Know Held Important Records