Now that Lance Armstrong has made history, I think this is as good a time as any to fire up the old records-that’ll-stand-the-test-of-time debate again. (Oh yeah, I did a search, and it came up empty.) I haven’t done anything with my website in a while, so I figured this would be a nice addition.
Just to avoid arguments…well, unneccsary arguments…I’ll split them off into two categores, records that look unshakable right now, and the “pending” cases, where someone actually has a chance at it.
All right. Definites, all from memory:
Most consecutive Tour De France wins: 7, Lance Armstrong
Most consecutive MLB games with a base hit: 56, Joe Dimaggio
Most seasons between two World Series wins: 86, Boston Red Sox
Most career stolen bases: ???, Ricky Henderson
Most career home runs for one team: 733, Hank Aaron
Most NBA championships by two players and a coach on the same team: 6, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson (if Horace Grant stayed, it would be three players…never really understood why he was released)
Most points in an NBA game, most rebounds in an NBA game: 100/55, Wilt Chamberlain
Most men’s college basketball titles with one non-championship year: 10, UCLA (and did anyone else find it weird and a little disgusting that during the last tournament, virtually everyone on this board who wanted to rip on Duke became a bandwagon UCLA fan??)
Longest punt: 97 yards, Steve O’Neal (went 98 yards, returned 1)
Biggest margin of victory in Super Bowl: 45 points (55-10), San Francisco 49ers…don’t remember the year
And a whole bunch of Wayne Gretzky records I’ll research when I have the time.
Most majors, most top-2 finishes* in majors: 18/37, Jack Nicklaus
Tiger Woods is the only person who has a realistic crack at these records, and he may be the only person who’ll ever have a crack at them. Expect the pressure to mount when he gets close; the weight of the world will be on him, and age will have caught up to him just a bit.
Most sumo championships: 32, Taiho
Most makuuchi wins: 807, Chiyonofuji
For a while, it looked for certain that Takanohana would not only beat these records, but demolish them. Now Asashoryu looks like the man. This year, he’s 56-4 (and one of those losses was on a very dubious call) and has won all four tournaments. He looks utterly unstoppable; if he can keep it up for a couple more years or so, his breaking these records could be a given.
Most Indy 500 wins: 4, three drivers?
With open-wheel fields as diluted as they are now, it’s almost inconceviable that there won’t be someone who takes advantage and dominates this event. Thus far, however, no one’s really stepped up. I’ll give this 20 more years before I write it off as unbreakable.
Most consecutive Americas Cup wins: 22?, USA
Decade after decade of utter dominance. With the state of the sport now, it’s never coming close to happening again.
Most Wimbledon women’s singles titles: 9, Martina Navratilova
Steffi Graf never came close. Venus Williams, a superb grass court player, will be lucky to retire with 6. For anyone to dominate one of the most prestigious tournaments in world, on the most unforgiving surface in the sport, and with a powerful rival nearly all the way…there’s only one word for that. Mastery.
This’ll do for a start. I’m sure I made a gazillion errors, so feel free to correct anything that needs correcting.
- Is there a term for this? I know the horse racing term is “quinella”, but I’d like somthing a little more, well, generic.