Have you ever wondered, what are some of the most unbreakable athletic records in baseball, football, or whatever you call your favorite sport? We all know the saying “records are meant to be broken,” but is it always the case?
Well, luckily for you, we’ve compiled a medley of records across multiple sports that you need to know.
So, to find out more, just keep on reading!
Top 10 Mind-Blowing Athletic Records
- Cy Young’s 511 career wins could be one of the most unbreakable sports records.
- The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only undefeated team in the NFL.
- Wayne Gretzky holds multiple hockey scoring records, including most goals and assists.
- The largest-ever attendance at a game was 108,713.
- Steffi Graf holds many women’s tennis records.
- Novak Djokovic holds multiple ATP tennis records, including most weeks at No. 1.
- Jack Nicklaus has won the most major golf titles with 18, including 6 at the Masters.
- Michael Phelps’s 23 gold and 28 total medals are both Olympic swimming records.
- The leading athletic world record is Team USA’s 239 medals at the 1904 Olympics.
- The best NBA basketball record of all time is Scott Skiles’s 30 assists in a single game.
Essential Baseball Records
Baseball, also known as America’s Pastime, is one of the most popular sports in the US. While the sport has been playing second fiddle to football in TV viewership, it’s still going strong. Likewise, most of us are looking forward to spring opening day and the World Series.
1. Pete Rose’s 4256 hits are one of the most unbelievable sports records.
Outside the field, Pete Rose might not have the best reputation. Nevertheless, his playing career was spectacular. He owns the record for most hits with 4256 in 3562 games over 24 seasons. Moreover, he recorded an astonishing 160 HRs in those games.
2. Ty Cobb holds the record for the best career batting average, baseball records show.
Ty Cobb’s career spanned an incredible 24 years — over 3000 games! Better yet, he was able to keep a BA of 0.366, making it the highest in baseball history. In fact, no active player is currently in the top 50 when it comes to career BA.
3. Cy Young’s 511 career wins could be one of the most unbreakable sports records of all time.
Young’s 511 wins came from a whopping 906 games over 22 years. The No. 2 on the list, Walter Johnson, has almost 100 wins less — 417, to be exact. In addition, no active player comes near the top 50. Now that’s a record that will probably stick around for a while.
4. Baseball world records show that Oh Sadaharu holds the record for most home runs with an incredible 868.
Japan’s Oh Sadaharu managed 868 home runs across 22 seasons in the Japanese League. In terms of MLB records, Barry Bonds has the most home runs with “just” 762.
Important Football Records
When it comes to the US, football is king. In fact, year after year, the Super Bowl is the most-watched sports event in the country (by far).
To know more about this popular sport, read our top football records below!
5. The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only undefeated team in the NFL, American football records show.
The Miami Dolphins are proudly the only team in NFL history to finish the season undefeated. Coach Shula’s team went 14–0 in the regular season and 3–0 in the playoffs, where they won the Super Bowl.
6. Don Shula’s 347 victories put him at No. 1, the latest football world records show.
Don Shula recorded 347 victories over his 33-year-long career as a head coach in the NFL. What’s even more interesting is that Shula coached only two teams — the Baltimore Colts and the Miami Dolphins — making it to the playoffs 19 times and the Super Bowl 6 times (winning twice).
7. Tom Brady holds multiple National Football League records.
Tom Brady is considered the GOAT by many, and for good reason too! Just take a look at some of his records:
- Most Super Bowl rings: 7
- Most career regular-season wins: 230
- Most career playoff wins: 34
- Most regular season touchdowns: 581
- Most conference title games: 14
8. One of the most unbelievable NFL athletes’ records is Brett Favre’s 297 consecutive starts.
Football is an action-packed, physical game. In fact, many players only “last” for a few years. Not QB Brett Favre, though. He started 297 consecutive regular-season games over 16 years with the Packers, 1 with the Jets, and 2 with the Vikings.
Top Hockey Records
When it’s cold and icy outside, for some, hockey is the first thing that comes to mind. And while it’s primarily popular in the northern regions of the planet, there are many hockey fans worldwide.
Take a look at some all-time hockey statistics below.
9. Wayne Gretzky holds multiple hockey scoring records, including most goals and assists.
The great Wayne Gretzky is a legend of the game. In 1487 games, he managed 894 goals and 1963 assists (both are records) for a total of 2857 points. To put that into perspective, the No. 2, Jaromir Jagr, has only 1921 points, which is almost 1000 less.
10. One of the most unbreakable hockey records of all time is Henri Richard’s 11 Stanley Cups.
Henri Richard played center for the Montreal Canadiens. Throughout his career, he won 11 Stanley Cups, including five cups in a row between 1956–60, a record that might never be broken.
11. The most goals scored in a season is 92, hockey goal records show.
Who else but Wayne Gretzky can hold this record. In the 1981/82 season, Gretzky scored a mind-blowing 92 goals. The Great One also holds the No. 2 spot with 87 goals during the 1983/84 season.
12. Canada holds the most hockey records when it comes to wins in the Olympics for both men and women.
Canada, the birthplace of hockey, holds the record for most wins for both women and men. The men’s team has won nine gold medals since 1920, with the most recent one being in 2014. Women’s hockey was introduced in 1998, and since then, Canada has won the last four competitions.
Astonishing Basketball Records
Basketball is loved by fans all over the globe. And how could it not? The fast-paced, high-scoring game is so entertaining to watch and play.
Take a look at some fun and interesting statistics about the game that you might not have heard before.
13. Wilt Chamberlain holds multiple basketball records of all time.
Wilt Chamberlain is as famous as the game itself. He holds one of the most famous records — 100 points scored in a single game in 1962.
Moreover, Chamberlain averaged over 50 points per game that season. He also holds the record for most 50-point games — 118, to be exact.
14. When looking at the basketball Guinness world records, we see that the largest ever attendance at a game was 108,713.
The record was set during the All-Star game, on February 14, 2010, played on Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX.
The highest attendance for a regular-season game was 62,046 during the match between the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks in the Georgia Dome.
15. One of the most unbreakable NBA basketball records of all time is Scott Skiles’s 30 assists in a game.
Scott Skiles managed the feat on December 30, 1990, with his team — Orlando Magic — versus the Denver Nuggets, with the final score being 155–116.
The closest anyone got to this record was John Stockton, just two weeks later with 28. Still, no player in recent history has gotten even close to that.
16. At the 2012 Olympics, Team USA’s 156–73 win against Nigeria set multiple Olympic basketball records.
The 2012 Olympics saw multiple records being broken in a single game. Team USA’s win set the scoring record, as well as the most significant margin of victory. Other records include most 3-pointers scored (29) and attempted (46), as well as field-goal percentage (71.1)
Unbelievable Tennis Records
Tennis is one of the most exciting individual sports on the planet and the most popular too.
Read below for some of the best and most incredible tennis records of all time.
17. The Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer rivalry holds multiple tennis grand slam records.
Nadal and Federer are true legends of the game. They’ve both won 20 Grand Slams, tied at No. 1. Between 2005 and 2008, they won 11 consecutive Grand Slams and all French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open titles.
18. Novak Djokovic holds multiple ATP tennis records, including most weeks at No. 1.
Novak Djokovic, the current world No. 1, holds the record for most weeks at the No. 1 spot with 318 (at the time of writing).
Moreover, he shares the record for most year-end finishes at No. 1 with Pete Sampras (6 in total). He’s also won the Australian Open nine times without losing a final.
19. Martina Navratilova holds multiple tennis world records, including 31 doubles Grand Slams and 10 mixed doubles Grand Slams.
Martina Navratilova was a force to be reckoned with in the 70s and 80s. Some of her many accomplishments are 18 singles Grand Slams, 31 doubles, and 10 mixed doubles.
She holds the record for most wins in singles and doubles (166 and 177, respectively) over 84 events.
20. Stefanie Graf holds many women’s tennis records, including ranking No. 1 for 377 consecutive weeks, and is the only tennis player to win the Golden Slam.
Stefani Graf is one of the most prominent stars of women’s tennis. She ranked No. 1 for 377 consecutive weeks — a record for both women and men — and also ranked No. 1 or No. 2 for ten years in a row, another record in itself.
The cherry on top, Graf won the Golden Slam — all four Grand Slams plus the Olympic Gold in the same year.
Golf Records You Need to Know
Golf is one of the oldest games around. Traditionally played in the UK, which has over 883,000 active golfers along with the US, the game is slowly but surely gaming in popularity across the globe.
So, without further ado, here are some of the most exciting records to date.
21. Jack Nicklaus has won the most major titles (18), including 6 at the Masters, golf records show.
Jack Nicklaus holds multiple records, including most major titles, most wins at the Masters (six), five PGA Championships (tied for No. 1), and four US Opens (tied for No. 1).
He also finished in the top two 37 times, a record-setting 56 times in the top five, and 73 times in the top ten.
22. Between 2001 and 2010, Tiger Woods was the highest-paid athlete, records show.
During his peak, Tiger Woods was as successful off the field as he was on it. Between 2001 and 2010 (and again in 2013), Woods was No. 1. As a result, he earned at least $100 million per year between 2007–2010.
23. US Open golf records show that the oldest champion in this sport was Hale Irwin in 1990.
In 1990, Hale Irwin won the Open at the age of 45 years (and 15 days). In fact, that was his third win at the US Open after the ones in 1974 and 1979. In contrast, the youngest champion was John J. McDermott back in 1911, aged 19 years, 10 months, and 14 days.
24. Tiger Woods holds multiple golf course records for most wins at a single course.
Tiger Woods holds the record for most wins at a single course — eight. He has done that at three different courses: Firestone CC (South), Bay Hill Club&Lounge, and Torrey Pines GC (South). Several other players share the second spot with six wins at a single course each.
Unreachable Olympic World Records
The Olympics are the pinnacle of sports for most athletes. For example, many athletes are considered heroes in their home countries if they win a gold medal.
Despite there being so many sports to choose from, we’ve picked the most interesting Olympic records.
25. One of the most unbelievable Olympic athletic records is Ian Miller’s ten appearances.
The Canadian equestrian player, Ian Miller, has participated in ten Olympics, starting with the one in Munich (1972) up until the one in London (2012).
The only thing stopping him from participating in his eleventh Olympics at Rio (2016) was that his horse got injured and needed surgery.
26. Michael Phelps’s 23 gold medals and having 28 medals overall are both Olympic swimming records.
Michael Phelps is a legend when it comes to swimming. He first entered the Sydney Olympics at age 15.
In Beijing, he won gold in all eight events and set seven world records. His gold medal tally might never get surpassed, with the closest being eight golds.
27. The 2016 gold medalist Simone Biles holds the gymnastics world records for most World Championships’ gold and total medals.
Simone Biles became a US household name during the 2016 Rio Olympics. She won four gold medals, including one bronze medal. Hence, we simply can’t wait to see her in Tokyo this year.
Outside the Olympics, she has dominated the gymnastics world. She has won 19 gold medals and 25 medals overall at the Gymnastics World Championships, both of which are records. Adding her Olympic medals, she has 30 medals overall, which is a record in itself.
28. One of the most unbreakable athletic world records is Team USA’s 239 medals at the 1904 Olympics.
In the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, the US won 78 gold, 82 silver, and 79 bronze medals. In contrast, at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, the Soviet Union won a staggering 195 medals, primarily due to many countries boycotting the event.
Who holds the most world records in sports?
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Sergei Bubka from Ukraine has set 35 world records in the pole vault — 17 indoor and 18 outdoor records.
Who has set the oldest athlete world records?
Stanislaw Kowalski from Poland was 105 years and two months when he ran 100 meters for 34.5 seconds.
While the Guinness Book of World Records shows another man, Hidekichi Miyazaki, as the oldest, Kowalski is recognized by the World Masters Athletics as the oldest athlete.
What sports records will never be broken?
We’ll just have to wait and see to get an answer to this question.
Some of the Olympic records, such as Ian Miller’s 10 Olympic appearances or Team USA’s 239 medals at the 1904 Olympics, or even Wayne Gretzky’s points total, will stay in the record books for a long time indeed or perhaps forever.
What is the oldest athletic record?
While there are some unverified athletic records, the longest verified record that is still standing is Jarmila Kratochvilova’s run of 800 meters in 1 minute, 53.28 seconds, set in 1983. That’s 38 years ago, and no one has beaten it since.
Whichever sport you look at, there are athletic records that you can’t help but wonder whether they will ever fall. Most athletes and teams try to achieve these feats each year and fail. But the ones that do get to have their names written in history.
Do you think any of the above records will be broken? I guess we have to wait and see.