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56 game hitting streak (MLB)
Longest Play in NFL (109 Yards)
Most Career Points: 2,857 (NHL)
100 points in a basketball game (by player)
11 championships (NBA) (by an player)
Most Wins (MLB) (pitcher)
100-Meter Olympic Record (9.69s)
Longest Tennis Match (11hrs 5mins)
Fastest MMA Knockout of All Time (2s)
5,714 career strikeouts (MLB)
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Feb 28th, 2013 at 05:32 GMT
Wow, Gretzky had 28000 points!? ;)
Feb 28th, 2013 at 05:42 GMT
Lol my bad....
Feb 28th, 2013 at 05:54 GMT
Russell has two l's.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 09:58 GMT
Henri Richard and his 11 Stanley Cups deserves to be there.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 15:37 GMT
Given that bolt broke his own record this past Olympics, I would not be surprised if that gets beaten eventually, if not in the near future. Still, fun quiz
Feb 28th, 2013 at 15:39 GMT
I agree with Quebecer, even though Russell's record is insane Richard's is more unbreakable. Not that it's easy, but it's easier in the NBA to have a dynasty than in NHL
Feb 28th, 2013 at 15:49 GMT
If there's any NHL record that truly is unbreakable, it's Glenn Hall's 502 consecutive goalie starts. Bill Mosienko's fastest hat trick in 21 seconds just behind it.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 15:51 GMT
Also need to take alternate answers for Isner/Mahut.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 16:14 GMT
I'd include some athletics records, e.g. men's long jump, pole vault and even hammer and high jump here rather than Bolt's one.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 16:46 GMT
You should add Nolan Ryan's 7 career no-hitters. For perspective Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Steve Carlton, Curt Schilling and Don Drysdale never threw 1.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 18:20 GMT
No one has yet to make a serious bid on Hack Wilson's 191 RBIs.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 18:28 GMT
I know everyone has there own opinion, but the quiz is just based off of the list that I found.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 18:32 GMT
Let's not forget Richard won most of his cups with only 6 teams in the league, while Russell won with mostly 10 teams, small difference but still a difference. I actually think the more unbreakable Russell stat is that he played in 21 win or go home elimination games, game 7 of a NBA series, the NCAA tournament, and an Olympic gold medal game, and Russell's teams went 21-0.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 18:49 GMT
Rickey Henderson's career SBs.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 19:09 GMT
This are unbreakable only as long as the game stays the same. For instance, Johnny Unitas' record of consecutive games with a TD pass got broken when the game changed. Walter Johnson's strikeout was actually considered unbreakable once.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 19:29 GMT
i think cy young should be number 1. dimaggio's record is amazing but, theoretically it is breakable. Cy young's will not be broken. If a pitcher has 25 consecutive 20 win seasons, they still wouldn't beat the record. thats unbreakable
Feb 28th, 2013 at 20:46 GMT
Usain Bolt's record is not only not unbeatable, I'd bet it gets broken repeatedly within the next 5 years. Nolan Ryan's record is also beatable. The others are pretty understandable as far as unlikely to be broken.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 21:33 GMT
Cromartie should be #1 since it's physically impossible...
Feb 28th, 2013 at 23:17 GMT
Cal Ripken Jr's 2,632 consecutive game streak. How is that not a top ten unbreakable sports record?
Feb 28th, 2013 at 23:20 GMT
Michael Phelps 18 olympic gold medals didn't make the list either? Next closest to him "only" has 9.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 23:21 GMT
Bradman's career batting average. 4.4 standard deviations above the mean. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282910.html
Mar 1st, 2013 at 03:48 GMT
@BiloxiSean: In 1999, Manny Ramirez had 96 RBI at the All-Star Break. He finished with 165 in just 147 games. If he played a full season at the same rate, he would have had 181. It was a pretty serious bid if not for injury. There's a lot of luck involved in RBI, too.
Mar 1st, 2013 at 04:02 GMT
Cy Young's Record should be #1
Mar 1st, 2013 at 05:35 GMT
How do you put fastest MMA knockout of all-time, but not something as obvious as any one of Rickey Henderson's SB records. To beat his career stolen base record, you have to average over 70 SBs per season for 20 years!!!
Mar 1st, 2013 at 20:19 GMT
Just to let you know, the 100m record by Usain Bolt is 9.58 seconds. He got it in 2009 in Berlin
Mar 1st, 2013 at 22:01 GMT
@tconn2015: that's the world record. The quiz is referring to the Olympic record, which it states correctly - although since Bolt has run significantly faster than that himself at a competition outside the Olympics, it suggests he's perfectly capable of doing so at the Olympics (I was quite surprised he didn't in London) - so hardly unbeatable.
The thing I don't like about quizzes like these is that they're entirely subjective. I realise that the quiz is based on someone else's top 10 rather than having been selected by the quiz maker, but who is Amanda DiCristo? Does she know everything about every sport, and is therefore perfectly qualified to compile such a list? Including three records from baseball and two from basketball suggests a bias towards certain sports. fanackapan has already mentioned Don Bradman's average, and cricket also has Jim Laker's 19 wickets in a match which will almost certainly never be broken either. Football (that's the sport which the majority of the world calls football, and the US calls soccer) has Just Fontaine's 13 goals in a World Cup; in the last 40 years no player has managed more than 8. Squash has Jahangir Khan's 555 consecutive wins (can you think of any other player in ANY individual sport who has won more than 500 matches in a row?). Wrestling has Alexander Karelin's 13 year undefeated streak. At best this is a list of 10 records, some of which are almost certainly unbreakable and some more arguable, which the writer happens to have heard of. There's nothing to suggest that they are any more unbreakable than other ones which she clearly hasn't.
Mar 2nd, 2013 at 02:34 GMT
Johnny Vandeer Meer: two straight no-hitters in 1938. Now THAT'S an unbreakable record.
Mar 2nd, 2013 at 03:06 GMT
Along the same lines as Vander Meer, Fernando Tatis's two grand slams in one inning seems pretty unbreakable!
Mar 2nd, 2013 at 17:20 GMT
Squash: Jahangir Khan's 555 match winning streak.
Mar 3rd, 2013 at 02:05 GMT
#2 cant be broken only tied, since its impossible to be broken it shouldn't it be number 1
Mar 4th, 2013 at 19:33 GMT
Jacoby Jones should be accepted for 109 yard TD answer
Mar 4th, 2013 at 21:17 GMT
Yes, DiMaggio's hitting streak is extremely impressive as a single unlucky game could ruin such a run, I think it's much more breakable than Edwin Moses winning 122 consecutive 400m hurdles races. One false start or trip over a single hurdle could have ended that at any time. Truly incredible record. The career MLB record, percentage wise, where 2nd place all time is farthest behind is Rickey Henderson's steals record, which may even be more ridiculous and impressive than Cy Young's wins totals. Either way, absent a major change in how the game is played, nobody will ever approach either of them, whereas Bolt's record (particularly since it's not even his personal best) is far from unbreakable, and Joe D's hitting streak could conceivably fall one of these days.
Mar 4th, 2013 at 22:32 GMT
Iowa State University wrestler (and Olympic gold medalist) Cael Sanderson went undefeated in his collegiate career. That's 159-0. I'd say that's a record of note.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 17:40 GMT
Everytime I think about Nolan Ryan's strikeout record I get a real slap of reality. If someone threw a 10 strikeout game (an incredible game for a pitcher) for every one of their roughly 30 starts a season...it would still take almost 20 years to break his record. Wow.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 22:36 GMT
The men's 100M dash record never lasts long. It has always been broken every 6-8 years. People thought jesse Owens' record would never be broken ... then Bob Hayes set an "unbreakable" mark ... then Carl Lewis did it ... then Ben Johnson (before we knew about roids) ran an impossible-to-beat time ... then Maurice Greene ran a 9.79 and we just KNEW no one would ever top that ... now Usain Bolt is the new holder of the "unbreakable" record. Someone will break his record in the next 10 years. We might not know their name yet, but it will happen. People just keep getting faster.
Mar 7th, 2013 at 17:46 GMT
Nolan Ryan's record is not beatable because pitchers do not pitch enough innings in this era to challenge it. This is not going to change.
Mar 17th, 2013 at 16:02 GMT
511 wins isn't even Cy Young's most unbreakable record. His 749 career complete games is as close to mathematically impossible to achieve as any in sports. For perspective, only two other pitchers even have enough career starts, and no active player even has more than 100 in his career. In fact, Cy Young has more complete games than the top 40 active players COMBINED.
Mar 19th, 2013 at 17:27 GMT
The correct answer to this quiz is Johnny Vander Meer's back to back no-hitters. To nobody has ever tied it and to beat it, you would have to throw three no-hitters in a row and this is just not going to happen.
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