One of the most cherished parts of sports are the records the great players of the past hold as well as the rising stars in sports today. Records are more than just a title that a player owns, a record is something an athlete deserves from all the work he or she puts in their career day in and day out. There are thousands of records in each sport but there are only a select few records that almost seem like no one will ever be close to getting a glimpse of beating. The next five records that are listed are probably the most important records a man or women can break in sports today.
One of the most impressive records is Cal Ripkens Jr.’s 2,632 consecutive games played (MLB). Professional baseball has one of the longest most grueling seasons with 132 games. Keep in mind that these players play games almost back to back days with little rest time to refresh their bodies. Also, take into consideration that MLB players are training every day during the offseason so the wear and tear on these players can be brutal. That’s what makes Cal Ripken Jr. so special. Cal did this routine for 16 years, and he played in 2,632 games without missing a single beat. The only current player close to this record is Alcides Escobar, SS for the Kansas City Royals. Alcides is 31 and he would have to play in every game until he is 45 years old which is highly unlikely.
Next is Barry Sanders’ five 1,500 yard seasons in the NFL. Sanders is arguably the best running back ever to step on a football field, no question about it. What’s crazy about this record is, Barry Sanders achieved this record in an ERA where running back talent was at the all-time high in NFL history. Sanders was competing with Hall of Famers like Emmit Smith, Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson, and Terrell Davis. The only person close to reaching this record is Adrian Peterson, he has two 1,500 career season rushing yards. In order for Adrian to beat this, he is going to probably have to be in tip-top shape in the health department for the next 7 years.
No one can argue that Wayne Gretzky’s is one of the greatest NHL players, and his 2,857 career points proves that. When Wayne Gretzky retired in 1999 he finished his marvelous career with 60 records that probably won’t be touched for a while. The most astonishing record in his career despite the other 59 is his career points. The last person to get 140 points in a season was in 1996 and Wayne averaged more than 140 points in a season throughout his career. Any player can average exactly 140 points in a season for 20 years and still won’t be anywhere close to beating his record. That says it all.
Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak (MLB) was so incredible because he made it in 1941 and it still stands today. Mr. DiMaggio goes down as a top ten player to ever play in the MLB, hands down. During his hot streak he went 91-223 that’s a .408 average during that span. Joe went on the win the MVP in the majors that year over the left-handed slugger known by the name of Ted Williams. The last professional baseball player to hit over a .400 average in a season was Ted Williams. That just tells you how good Joe Dimaggio’s season was that year. Currently in the MLB Dee Gordon is the closest to this streak with a wimpy 12 games compared to DiMaggio’s 56.
UCLA men’s basketball team’s 88-game winning streak (NCAA), still stands the test of time as well. John Wooden, the head coach of UCLA men’s basketball team, started the 70-71 season with a winning streak and didn’t lose a game until the 1974 season! To do this everyone on the team must be on the same page for at least 2 and a half years straight. This takes dedication from everyone on the team to do this. No team went perfect in NCAA Basketball last year so you list a team that is currently close to beating this record. The last NCAA Basketball team to have a perfect season was 39 years ago.
These records are truly the most sacred records in sports history. The chances of someone overcoming these heights of achievements are extremely unlikely but if the day ever comes that someone does break one of these records we hope to be alive to witness this significant milestone, but until the day comes these records are immortal in sports history.