12 baseball records that will never be broken
PEORIA — Baseball fans were treated to a pair of historic chases this fall.
We saw the icon of the St. Louis Cardinals and former Peoria Chiefs player Albert Pujols conclude his Hall of Fame career with over 700 homers, only the fourth player in baseball history to reach that milestone.
Tuesday night, the New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge scored his 62nd home run of the season, surpassing the great Roger Maris for the most single-season home runs in American League history. The judge’s total is the seventh in a single season in baseball history.
Whether you want to credit Red Auerbach or Mark Spitz or someone further back in time with the adage “Records are made to be broken”, the question is whether there are any who probably never will.
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As Major League baseball winds down the regular season and heads into the playoffs, here are 12 baseball records most likely to last forever:
2,632 — Cal Ripken Jr. has played 2,632 consecutive games, an MLB record that ended when he retired from the roster on September 20, 1998. Only one player – Miguel Tejada – has even reached 1,000 consecutive games since then. Built-in days off are a standard in game management at this time.
232 — Barry Bonds drew 232 steps in the 2004 seasonbreaking Babe Ruth’s 170 in 1923.
5,714 — Nolan Ryan has 5,714 strikeouts in his Hall of Fame career. With pitch counts and inning limits throughout the season, it’s unlikely anyone will have the longevity to beat this. Justin Verlander is the current active leader in MLB, with 3,198 in 17 seasons at age 39. Max Scherzer (15 seasons, 37) is there with him at 3,193.
511 — Cy Young’s 511 wins in 22 seasons, won over 120 years ago. Former Peoria Chiefs ace and Hall of Famer Greg Maddux is eighth on the MLB list with 355.
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.366 — Ty Cobb’s .366 career batting average has been uncontested since Ted Williams retired at .344 in 1960. Active MLB career leader is Miguel Cabrera at .308 (minimum 500 career games / 3,000 plate appearances).
56 – Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak in 1941, which ended against the Cleveland Indians. Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back hits in 1938. The Cincy southpaw did it four days apart against the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers.
1,406 –Rickey Henderson had 130 interceptions in the 1982 season and finished with 1,406 for his career, both MLB records. Dee Strange-Gordon, 34, has 336 in his 11-year career, the current active leader. In an age of swinging planes and powerful strikes, the basic stolen record is safe.
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464 – Ed Walsh’s 464 innings pitched in the 1908 season for the Chicago White Sox. This included 49 starts and 17 relief appearances, and 40 wins. MLB pitchers in this era considered 200 innings a huge workload.
25 — Most All-Star Game appearances? Hank Aaron was 25.
762 –Barry Bonds’ mark of 762 career home runs seems out of reach, even though his mark of 73 in a single season might be achievable in baseball’s current era of home runs. Aside from Pujols, at 703, the only other active MLB player to reach 500 is Cabrera (507).
2 -Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back hits in 1938. The Cincy southpaw did it four days apart against the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers.
4,256 – Pete Rose produced 4,256 career hits, setting the record in 1985 for most career hits. Albert Pujols, 42, is the active leader with 3,383 this week.
Dave Eminian is the Journal Star’s sports columnist and covers men’s basketball for Bradley, the Rivermen and the Chiefs. He writes the sports column Cleve In The Eve for pjstar.com. He can be reached at 686-3206 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.