While records are made to be broken, supposedly, there are quite a few that probably never will be surpassed. Records are broken all the time. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos just set the all time record for most passing yards in a season in 2013. Their total of 5,477 is an amazing feat but it is likely that another quarterback will come along and have a more successful season, no offense to Peyton of course. While this is a difficult record to break, there is no doubt that it can be done and it will be surprising if it does not happen in the next couple of decades.
There are also some sporting records that are very unlikely to be broken. Pete Rose holds the record for most career hits in Major League Baseball history, with 4256. This record was amassed over a 24 season career, making his average per season roughly 177 hits. Over a 24 years career, such an average happening again is unlikely, but by no means impossible. Dominant baseball players generally have longer careers than athletes in contact sports, and for this reason, it is not unreasonable to think that Rose's record could be broken, though unlikely.
Finally, contrasting the MLB hit record, there are some records out there that definitely will never be broken. The following is a list of sports records that are either so obscure that they will never be beaten, or are simply unachievable.
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20 Boston Celtics' 8 Straight Championships
This one is completely self explanatory. It's an odd event today if a team wins two in a row, let alone EIGHT?! Leagues have grown to larger numbers than ever before. The NHL has gone from six teams to 30 and the NBA has similarly grown from 17 to 30. Fewer teams means a greater chance of winning the big games and ultimately, it is inconceivable that the sports world will ever see another eight-championship streak. The eight year streak took place between 1959 and 1966.
19 Lance Armstrong's 7 Tour De France Wins
Put away the Haterade folks, Mr. Armstrong makes this list because his seven straight Tour De France wins will never be achieved again and he is not only an athletic hero, but also a hero to the cancer community. Nearly everyone in his sport used some form of PED's and it's possible they all still do. If you disagree, your optimism is admirable but misplaced. The cycling world and all the anti-doping clowns out there can create all the character assassination campaigns they want, but Lance Armstrong is possibly the greatest athlete of all time to be thrown under the bus. His achievements should never be forgotten.
18 College Football 1916: Georgia Tech 222, Cumberland 0
This one has an interesting story. Cumberland had discontinued their football program a year prior to this game, but was bound to fulfill their obligation to Georgia Tech. Cumberland University (then known as Cumberland College) put together a team just for this game, who had little football training and very little formal practice. They were massacred, and this is the largest deficit in the history of college football.
17 Michael Phelps: 8 Gold Medals at One Olympics Games
Did someone just shout "Superhuman?" Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Not only that, he set world records in seven of the eight events in which he was victorious. Oh then he went and smoked some pot. People with silly priorities cried and whined and he got in a small amount of trouble. Again, the haterade was flowing that day. While winning a few different gold medals in one Olympic games is highly possible, seven new world records from one athlete will not happen. Phelps' records may be beaten one by one and he may end up a footnote in the history books centuries down the road, but no athlete will ever break all those records in one fell swoop.
16 49-0 Career Boxing Record: Rocky Marciano
Rocky Marciano ended his career at just 32 years old. During his time as a professional boxer, he fought 49 times and won each bout, with six of his fights being won as the Heavyweight Champion. He holds the record of being the only World Heavyweight Champion to go undefeated throughout his entire career. This record is extremely unlikely to ever be beaten.
15 Bill Mosienko: 21 Second Hat Trick
Back in 1952, when playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, Bill Mosienko scored three goals against the New York Rangers in just 21 seconds. That's one goal every seven seconds. Basically, if a face-off takes about a second to be won (for argument's sake) that's six each time to skate and pass the puck down the ice, get into a goal scoring situation and bury it. This will not only be impossible to break, but it seems impossible that it even took place.
14 Wayne Gretzky: 2857 Career Points
There are a few reasons why Wayne Gretzky's career point total will never be beaten. These are longevity and points per game. In terms of longevity, the Great One played a total of 1487 regular season games throughout his career. This is among the longest careers in NHL history, but by no means the longest. Gordie Howe holds that record with 1,767 games. Gretsky does however, have the highest points per game of all time, with 1.92. Mario Lemieux is second with 1.88 but played 500 fewer games. The Great One had the perfect balancing act between career length and consistent high caliber performance.
13 St. George Dragons: 11 Straight Premierships
Looking to the world of Rugby, the St. George Dragons played in the New South Wales Rugby Football League until 1999 when they merged with the Illawarra Steelers to form the St. George Illawarra Dragons. They now participate in the National Rugby League. Between 1956 and 1966 they won all 11 premierships, which is a shocking and amazing feat for any team.
12 Johnny Vander Meer: Two No Hitters in a Row
As if no-hitters are not rare enough, there is only one time in history in which two have been pitched in a row by the same pitcher. Way back in 1938 he pitched a no hitter against the Boston Bees, and only four days later, he pitched another against the Brooklyn Dodgers. More impressive than no hitters would be two perfect games in a row, but I'm comfortable placing my money on the option of that never happening.
11 Kelly Slater: 11 Time Surfing World Champion
Now 42 years old, Kelly Slater has been competing in professional surfing for nearly 25 years. In that time, he has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Title eleven times, with five of those being consecutive. He is by far the most decorated surfer in the sport's history and his five consecutive titles and total titles will never be beaten.
10 Byron Nelson: 11 PGA Tour Wins in a Row
One of the most decorated golfers of all time, Byron Nelson was a professional between 1932 and 1946. He is number six all time in terms of PGA Tour wins and won a total of 18 tournaments in 1945. More impressive still is that 11 of these wins came consecutively. If this record was going to be broken, it would have been done already. The PGA Tour will never see a streak like that again. There is more competition than ever before, and as such, two tour wins in a row is rare, let alone 11.
9 36 Red Cards in a Single Soccer Match
Now this is a soccer match I would pay good money to see! This is proof that soccer players are not all spineless, whining cowards, but just act that way to draw penalties. In this particular match between two teams in Paraguay, two players were dismissed from the game. The teams had been in the midst of an emotional match and this was the straw that broke the camel's back, causing both teams to swarm the field and start wailing on each other like a team MMA event.
8 Bill Russell: 11 NBA Championships
Widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Russell won the NBA Championship 11 times between 1957 and 1969. The 6 foot 10 center was also a 12 time NBA All-Star during this period and won the league MVP award 5 times. Despite his amazing skills on the court, his later career as a coach was not nearly as successful as his playing time. But he is tied for most championships in a North American sports league with our number 7.
7 Henri "Pocket Rocket" Richard: 11 Stanley Cups
The younger brother of the equally legendary Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, Henri won the Stanley Cup more times than any other player in history. All eleven wins came while playing for the Montreal Canadiens. With so many teams now in the league, Stanley Cup victories are now much more rare than they were back in the middle of the 20th century. As such, most players who win the cup, win it only once. Another hockey player winning 11 in his career is a dream at best. Note that Jean Beliveau had 17 Stanley Cup wins, but 10 were achieved as a player and seven as a team executive.
6 Cal Ripken Jr.: 2632 Consecutive MLB Games
This number is nothing short of Godly. Cal Ripken Jr. played every game between May 1982 and September 1998. Most players don't even play that many games in their careers, let alone played that many games in a row. Cal Ripken Jr. will never see his record broken. The second closest is Lou Gehrig who is 500 games off, and after that is Everett Scott at 1,307 games. Plain and simple, this record will not be beaten.
5 Brett Favre: Consecutive NFL Starts
It is debatable whether Brett Favre's record is more impressive than that of Cal Ripken Jr. and for two major reasons, I argue that it is. First, NFL football is fundamentally more destructive than baseball. As such, there are fewer games in a season and injuries are far more frequent. The second reason is that Favre's record spans 18 years while Ripken's lasted 17 years. Disagree? Troll me on Twitter or come toilet paper my house.
4 Wilt Chamberlain's Multiple Records
Wilt Chamberlain holds several NBA records that are unbeatable. The single game scoring title belongs to him. He scored 100 points in one game. Kobe Bryant got within 20 points of this record but nobody has ever come closer, nor will they. During the 1961-1962 season he averaged 50 points per game. This is unachievable in today's game and will never be topped. He also holds the record for most rebounds in an NBA game (55) and the most average time on the court per game. He averaged 48.5 minutes per game. For those keeping track, yes, NBA games are 48 minutes long. So he not only played through every game in the season but also the overtime periods.
3 Nolan Ryan: 5,714 Career Strikeouts
It takes a truly special pitcher to make Randy Johnson look anything less than incredible. There are a couple of reasons that make this record completely unattainable. Very few pitchers have the longevity of Nolan Ryan's 27 year career. Even those who do have an abnormally long career generally see a drop in pitch velocity in their later years. Ryan was not only able to play for a long time, but also managed to maintain pitch speeds around 100 mph well into his forties.
2 95-96 Chicago Bulls: 72 Regular Season Wins
This kind of dominance will never be seen again in the NBA. I believe the same can be said of any sport however, because teams are becoming more and more even as the years go on (generally speaking), and strategies are now more specialized than ever before. 10 losses in one season is an amazing feat that is simply unattainable in today's league and in the future of the NBA. With a team consisting of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, this team was truly exceptional.
1 Cy Young: 511 Wins and 749 Complete Games
In this day and age, MLB pitchers are lucky to get 300 wins in a career and complete games are rare due to the fact that they are exhausting on a pitcher's arm. 511 wins?! Never going to happen again in baseball. Furthermore, 749 complete games? Most pitchers don't even get near 749 appearances. This has to be the most impressive individual record in the history of sports. There's a reason the award for pitcher of the year is named after him.
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