Monthly Archives: February, 2014

On Weird Records

Baseball fans keep statistics on almost literally everything. We have to account for every out, every play, every baserunner and every run, no matter how obscure the source of each. Moreover, baseball fans love to celebrate statistical records: Pete Rose’s 4,256 hits, Barry Bonds’ 762 home runs (or Hank Aaron’s 755 if you prefer) and so on.

Among those celebrated records, some, like Cy Young’s 511 wins and Rickey Henderson’s 1,406 stolen bases, are considered unbreakable. That’s with good reason: the game would have to change completely for either of those to even be remotely within reach. Others, like Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, aren’t impossible┬áto break, but they represent such incredible efforts that I doubt they’ll fall within my lifetime.

Not every unbreakable record is so famous, though. Some are only known to dedicated fans. Some are so silly that they’re almost unknown.

That doesn’t make them any less remarkable, though. Read on for some of baseball’s strangest, most unbreakable records.

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