Most unlikely record holders

Don Larson only no hitter in World Series. His career over 14 seasons was 81-91 with some pretty good teams.

Similarly, the single-season record for most home runs by a catcher is held not by Mike Piazza or Johnny Bench or Yogi Berra, but by Todd Hundley, who hit 41 HR in 1996. He hit 30 homers the following year, but those were his only two seasons with more than 24 HR.

Johnny Bench had 45 HR in 1970, but he hit only 38 as a catcher (he played six different positions that year). Piazza, the career record holder for most homers by a catcher, never had more than 40 in any season; Berra never had more than 30.

Also, Todd Hundley’s career OPS+ is 102, meaning he was only 2% better than the average major league hitter.

The only 59’s on the PGATour were shot by rank/file to good players, but no Hall of Famers.

Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos, and Stuart Appleby.

John Isner had 112 aces in a match at Wimbleon last June. Of course the match was won 70 games to 68 games in the 5th set and last 11 hours total. His opponent, Nicholas Mahut had 103 aces.

Its been done several times by position players, but Tony Cloninger (Atlanta Braves) is the only pitcher to hit two grand slams in one game.

Vinnie’s more important record is most consecutive seasons throwing an interception. He was beautiful to watch: all of his interceptions had a nice, tight spiral to them. He is living proof that the quality of play in the NFL is not getting better over time. If it was getting better than a mediocre QB such as him would not have lasted so long.

The NHL record for points in a game is not held by Gretzky, Lemieux, Esposito or Howe. It’s held by Darryl Sittler, with 10 points in an 11-4 thrashing of the Bruins on the night of February 7, 1976.

Sittler was certainly a wonderful player and is in the Hall of Fame, but given that scoring exploded in the 1980s and Gretzky came along to rewrite the record book, it’s a little remarkable that that’s one record the Great One never did get.

Patrick Lalime holds the NHL record for the longest unbeaten streak for a goaltender starting his career, with 16 games. Other than that, he’s been a decent, but not amazing or anything, starting goaltender for a few seasons, but doesn’t seem to have played more than 32 games in a year since the lock-out.

Anyone know what pitcher holds the record for most strikeouts in a major league baseball game?

Tom Cheney. (They’re not booing, folks… they’re saying “Whooooooooooo???”) In fairness, it was an extra-inning game.
And at one time, the record for most consecutive games hitting a home run was held by…Dale Long?

How about this one: who holds the record for most rushing yards in a single Super Bowl?

Franco Harris? Larry Csonka? Marcus Allen? Nope, it’s…

Timmy Smith of the Redskins

Don Larsen wasn’t a great pitcher, or even (arguably) a good one… but he’s still the only one to throw a no-hitter in the World Series.

Duval was on his way to greatness early, then got too skinny, has never recovered his old form.

Getitng away from just weird fluke records, consider two very fundamental counting stats in baseball; doubles and triples.

The single season record for doubles is held by Earl Webb. Webb is essentially unknown except as the answer to the trivia question “who holds the record for the most doubles in a season?” Webb p[layed only seven years in the major leagues and his 67-double performance in 1931 is the only really outstanding year he ever had.

Hitting doubles is generally a pretty solid sign of quality; the other guys among the all times leaders in doubles, either in a season or a career, are generally long-career first-rate hitters. Webb’s setting that record is a truly bizarre fluke.

Meanwhile, the record for triples in a season is held by J. Owen “Chief” Wilson, who hit 36 triples in 1912. That’s a staggering number - since 1900 no other player has hit more than 26, and most of the guys in modern baseball who have hit a lot of triples in one year were outstanding players. Wilson was a good player but nothing special; he played nine years and was, overall, an average hitter. His 36 triples are especially amazing in that he never hit more than 14 in any other year. Just a stone cold fluke.

Post #3.

Also post #3.

I think that’s a record. :slight_smile:

Huh, I did a name search and everything. Screwed that up pretty bad.

But that’s not unexpected at all.

That applies to everyone who ever played MLB. :slight_smile: I’m a fan of Roger (I was in the park when he hit #61) and his greatest flaw was that he wasn’t Babe Ruth (nor was he Mickey Mantle, who a lot of people would have preferred to break the record).

He was no. 1 in the world before Tiger. How much better do you have to be?

No he wasn’t #1 before Tiger. He took over #1 (from Tiger) in 1999 and lost it a few months later, to Tiger.

March 21, 1999 rankings

March 28, 1999 rankings

Lost the ranking on July 4

“Dumpling” Duval had a heckuva run in the late 1990’s. then he lost of lot of weight, got “ripped” and proceeded to lose his game. Found lightning in a bottle in July 2001 during his tailspin and won the 2001 British Open.

Forgot he got to #1, and I meant that he looked like he’d win a ton of Majors.

And it’s one of those records that will likely be unbreakable because of changes in the game – they don’t build stadiums with 460 foot fences anymore.

What’s strange is that nobody has really made a run at Webb, at least during the (ahem) steroid era, when doubles in general were being hit at all-time high levels overall. 23 of the top 49 all-time top doubles seasons were from 1993-2010, but oddly none were in the top 6, and none even topped 60 (Todd Helton got 59 one year). The only thing I can imagine is that what would have been a double in the bigger 1920’s/30’s parks would be a home run today, and, combined with the higher levels of strikeouts, there just isn’t enough opportunities for most batters to drill 68 balls which have a gooc chance of becoming doubles.