Some baseball records are made to be broken. Others look completely unreachable.
Unbreakable Baseball Records
The list below provides examples of the latter. While it certainly ain’t over ‘til it’s over, these Major League Baseball records look like they will remain records forever.
The 56-Game Hitting Streak
Joe DiMaggio did it with the New York Yankees in 1941. The Yankee Clipper hit safely in 56 straight games, hitting .404 and collecting 91 hits along the way. No one has hit safely in more than 40 games since Pete Rose did it in the 1970s. It’s unlikely this will get broken, because teams now have so many specialists in the bullpen that it makes getting a hit that much harder.
1,406 Stolen Bases
Rickey Henderson did this during his amazing career. The next closest base stealer over his career – Lou Brock – has 468 less than Henderson. That’s one reason it seems highly unlikely anyone will catch him. The other is that in the data-driven game of today (and most likely the foreseeable future), stolen bases are no longer emphasized or even encouraged.
749 Complete Games
This one, set by Cy Young, looks completely unreachable unless baseball suddenly goes back to letting starters stay in the game all nine innings (it won’t). Another one that looks impossible to reach are Young’s 511 wins.
This one might seem catchable. But it’s not. Sam Crawford with the Detroit Tigers reached this record over his amazing career. We don’t use the term “amazing” lightly. Hitting a triple is one of the hardest things to do in baseball. When you’ve done it 309 times, that’s amazing. The next closest is Stan Musial, with 177.
37 Home Runs
Yes, just 37 home runs. But it was done by American League pitcher Wes Ferrell (he also hit another one as a pinch hitter). Unless the American League suddenly goes back to making pitcher’s hit, no one is going to touch this record. There aren’t enough interleague games to reach that number.
15 World Series in 18 Years
The Yankees accomplished this between 1947 and 1964. It seems highly unlikely that any team will achieve this mark given how much more difficult it is today to keep a winning team together.
First Two Championships, No Division Wins
The Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins) accomplished this wildly improbable record during the first two decades of their existence. The Marlins won the World Series in 1997 and 2003 without winning the National League East division. What’s more, they have never won the division. It seems very unlikely any new team in the future will win their first two World Series over a span in which they never win the division.
Those are a few of the records that look unbreakable. We would add the 1899 Cleveland Spiders 20-134 record, a league-worst .130 winning percentage, but with so many teams “rebuilding” every few years, you never know.