10 Unbreakable Records in Sports History
Here are some of these awe-inspiring records that remain unbeaten to this day, immortalizing the game, players and their rare achievements.
- 555-consecutive Squash wins by Jahangir Khan
Considered as God by squash fans all over, Jahangir Khan finds place in the Guinness World Record for ‘longest winning streak’ with an unbeatable record of registering 555 back-to-back match wins within a span of 5 years (1981-1986). Jahangir Khan started out in the game quite young (at the tender age of 15) and went on to become the youngest winner of the World Armature Individual and World Open Championships at just the age of 17.
- 502-consecutive complete Ice Hockey games by Glenn Henry Hall
Glenn Henry Hall, or ‘Mr. Goalie’ as he was known among the ice hockey aficionados, holds the NHL record of playing 502 consecutive regular season games over eight seasons (between 1955 and 1962) -a record that is unlikely to be ever broken by any goaltender. Considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Glen was also the one who propounded the butterfly style of goaltending.
- 511 career wins by Baseball Pitcher Cy Young
Having pitched for 5 different teams in a 21-year career, Young has the unbeatable record of 511 wins throughout his playing years -a record that he has now held for over a century and is still over twice of the wins achieved by the closet active pitcher.
- The 100-point single NBA game by Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain’s jaw-dropping record of 100-points is another record that till day has remain unbroken, making him the only player in the history of NBA to score 100-points in a single game. Chamberlain or ‘The Big Dipper’, made this historic record playing at the Hershey Sports Arena in Pennsylvania in 1962 against the New York Knicks.
- Undefeated heavyweight boxing champion: Rocky Marciano
With a perfect record of 49 wins and 43 knockouts in 49 bouts, Rocky Marciano finds place next on the list of unbreakable records. This heavyweight boxing champion holds the miraculous record of never being defeated in his entire career span.
- The 100m & 200m race simultaneous win by Usain Bolt
The next unbreakable record comes from the fastest man living -Usian Bolt. Yes, Usain is the first and only athlete to have won both the 100m and 200m races simultaneously. Usain bolted across the track of the 2008 Beijing Olympic winning not just the 100m but 200m final as well, all within a record-breaking 9.69 seconds.
What’s even more amazing is that he went about setting this unbelievable record even while his shoe lace came off during the race!!
- Longest Tennis match in history of the game
The ‘Isner-Mahut’ match played at the 2010 Wimbledon Championship between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut is witness to the next record. Recorded as the longest match in the history of tennis, this match lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes over 3-days before Isner managed a breakthrough and won the historic match.
- 2-consecutive no-hitters by Baseball player Johnny Vander Meer
The only two consecutive no-hitters to be thrown in the history of baseball makes the next record. Johnny Vander Meer, an American professional baseball player, is the proud holder of this record, throwing 2 no-hitters as part of a 9-game win streak in 1938 Major League Baseball. Anyone aiming to break this record would have to throw 3 consecutive no-hitters -an impossible feat!
- The unwavering position of No. 1 for 377 weeks by Tennis player Steffi Graf
Another record that has stayed unbreakable till day is one held by Steffi Graf. After the Association of Tennis Professionals and WTA introduced rankings for tennis players, Steffi Graf kept her number-one rank for 377 consecutive weeks straight, making a record of her own!! What’s more, she also ended up winning all the 4 Majors at least 4 times, being the only player to hold either of the two records in the entire history of tennis.
- The score of 92 Goals in a single NHL season by Wayne Gretzsky
Another unbeatable record is the score of 92-goals over 80 games in a single NHL season (1981-82) by ‘The Great One’ -Wayne Gretzky, the bearer of 61 career records. The closest to reach his record here is Steven Stamkos with 60-goals. But even he would need to average 0.42 goals per game through a full season to beat this mark!
It would be prudent to mention here that this is not the complete list albeit a small part of a much longer list. The history of sports is full of many such records, which though may not have found their way to this list but are every bit as great a contribution to the sporting world as any other.