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3 Baseball Records That Probably Won’t Be Broken Anytime Soon

October 14, 2014

Some achievements on the field might stand forever…simply because the game just isn’t played the same way anymore.

Hard to Break Baseball RecordsWalter Johnson’s 110 career shutouts

Johnson pitched for the Washington Senators from 1907 to 1927. While playing for one team for an entire career in today’s era of free agency is rare enough (recent exception: forever-Yankee Derek Jeter), Johnson routinely pitched complete games. To save players’ arms, and maximize their efficiency, teams today generally use two or three pitchers over the course of a game. Pitchers rarely throw for an entire game, let alone not allow any runs the whole time. The active player closest to Johnson’s shutout record is Tim Hudson…with 13.

Cy Young’s 511 wins

The only pitcher to win more games than Johnson (417) was Young, a pitcher so dominant in early baseball that the award for the season’s best pitchers is named after him. Again, his record will likely stand forever because teams work their pitchers less. Today, a starting pitcher is part of a five-man rotation. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was a three-man rotation, allowing for more games played and opportunities to win. Again, the closest pitcher today, to Young, is Tim Hudson, with 214 games won.

Bob Gibson’s 1.12 earned run average

Bob Gibson so thoroughly destroyed the competition in 1968 that the rules of Major League Baseball were changed. The St. Louis Cardinals ace threw 13 shutouts and threw all nine innings of all 34 games he started. His earned run average, a measure by which pitchers are judged, of which the closer to 0 it is, the better, was a record 1.12. After the season MLB passed the “Gibson rules,” lowering the pitcher’s mound by five inches and shrinking the strike zone to give opposing batters a better shot.

For more baseball trivia read Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Sports Spectacular.

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Adam Ullerich
Adam Ullerich
October 14, 2014 5:48 pm

You can’t have Cy Young’s wins record without the unbreakable record of 316 losses! Could have been 4 hard to break records. Could have been 4…

Jason Kaul
Jason Kaul
October 14, 2014 7:47 pm

You missed Clayton Kershaw in the ERA under 2.00 club. He had a 1.77 ERA this year.

Jason Kaul
Jason Kaul
October 14, 2014 7:50 pm

Denny McLain also had an ERA under 2.00 (the same year Gibby did it) with an ERA of 1.96

Andrew Novachkoff
October 14, 2014 11:29 pm

John Tudor, 1.93 in 1985. Greg Maddux, 1.56 in 1994 and 1.56 in 1995. Ron Guidry, 1.74 in 1979 I believe. Roger Clemens, 1.93 in 1990 I think. You forgot them.

October 15, 2014 4:32 am

Sam Crawford’s 309 triples in his career will never be broken…the record for someone who started his career after the end of WWII is Roberto Clemente with 166…the active player with the most triples is Carl Crawford with 120…

I find it HIGHLY doubtful that anyone will ever hit in 57 consecutive games – as the most since DiMaggio is Rose’s 45…with the increased media scrutiny and associated pressure – I doubt we’ll ever see 40 again…

October 15, 2014 3:30 pm

What about Johnny Vandemers 2 consecutive no-hitters?

Bill wood
Bill wood
October 15, 2014 3:40 pm

Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak.

October 16, 2014 7:43 pm

Cal Ripken Jr with 2,632 consecutive games played.

August 17, 2015 9:46 pm

You forgot Fernando Tatis, two grand slams in the same inning off the same pitcher (Chan Ho Park).

October 29, 2015 1:19 pm

Dutch Leonard, 1914: 0.96 ERA.

John Johnson
John Johnson
April 11, 2016 6:07 pm

Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 career strikeouts. No pitcher will ever have enough games pitched to be able to match it. Randy Johnson is second all time and is nearly 1000 strikeouts behind Ryan. Closest active pitcher to it is CC Sabathia who is over 2500 strikeouts away. In fact the youngest pitcher in the league to even be in the top 100 is Felix Hernandez. Who would need to average 356 strikeouts a year until he is 40 to tie.

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