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 Post subject: Unbeatable records
PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:02 am 
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No way

I guess this has been around a while, but it ran in our paper today and I cringed. Rice's and Ripken's are a matter of endurance – no one can touch 511 wins. Second place should go to Wilt the Stilt for 100 points/game.


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Agreed. Barring deep, fundamental changes in the way baseball is played -- or in human longevity -- Young's record is effectively impossible to equal.

Among records that are possible to break but unlikely to be broken, the hardest to break is probably Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak. According to Stephen Jay Gould (scientist and noted baseball fan), the odds against hitting in 56 games are so great that it should never have happened even if hundreds of thousands more major league games had been played than have been. It was a statistical aberration of the highest magnitude.

Incidentally, statheads and traditionalists alike will enjoy Gould's book "Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville," a collection of his baseball essays over the years. It's got some numbers here and there, yeah, but it's really just a pure ode to baseball written by a man who happens to have also been a scientific genius.


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Sounds like a great combination. I'll have to check it out.


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Likewise, his 749 complete games (I assume that's the record) will never be matched.


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No one's ever going to throw three consecutive no-hitters, either. The soul of Johnny Vander Meer can rest easily.


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