5. Most Inside-the-Park Home Runs in a Game
No sport is more emotional about its records than baseball. From *61 to HR records shattered by guys jamming needles in their asses, fans are passionate about the hallowed marks set by baseball heroes.
While Bonds may have surpassed Aaron, Maris and Ruth… these five records will never be broken, and the men who set them will remain immortal.
Here are your five unbreakable major league records…
Back in 1897, Tom McCreery set a record by hitting three inside-the-park home runs in a single game. Over a century later, his record still stands. Ballplayers have hit for two inside-the-parkers in a game before, yet almost all of them were before 1950, a time filled with cavernous monstrosities of ball parks.
Why it will never be broken: Greg Gagne is the last man to hit two inside-the-park home runs in a game, and that was in 1986. Considering in over 110 years no one has managed to match the three that McCreery mustered, it’s a pretty safe bet that no one will ever hit four in a game to break the record.
4. Most Perfect Games in the World Series
In game five of the 1956 World Series, Don Larsen put out all 27 batters he faced, in order, for the first perfect game in World Series history. In fact, until Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter against the Reds in the 2010 playoffs, Larsen was the only pitcher to give up zero hits in a post-season game, yet alone throw a perfect game.
Why it will never be broken: in over 110 World Series that have been played, one man has managed to throw a perfect game. In order to break Larsen’s record, a pitcher would have to manage to throw two perfect games on baseball’s biggest stage. While someone may match Larsen’s amazing feat, the odds are incredibly against someone beating it with a second gem.
3. Grand Slams in an Inning
Only thirteen players have managed to hit two grand slams in a single major league game.
In 1999, Fernando Tatis hit two grand slams in a single inning. To put that in perspective, less than 60 players all-time have hit two home runs in an inning. Even more insane, Tatis hit both grand slams off of Chan Ho Park.
Why it will never be broken: no major league hitter has ever hit three home runs in an inning. Never. So to break this record, a slugger would need to hit three grand slams in an inning. Only 25 players have even had three plate appearances in a single inning. It’s hard enough to get that many shots at it, yet alone the stars aligning to have the bases loaded each time.
2. Most Complete Games in a Season
In 1879, Will White, the first man to ever wear spectacles on the hill, finished the season with 75 complete games. Those complete games alone add up to 675 innings pitched. Last year, Adam Wainwright pitched 241 innings to lead the majors. On a good year, a pitcher can expect to make barely over 30 starts if he stays injury free. It’s clearly a different era in which pitch counts and specialists in the bullpen limit the opportunities pitchers have to complete games.
Why it will never be broken: Fernando Valenzuela has 20 complete games back in 1986. Last year, Adam Wainwright had 4. While Will White’s 75 is astronomical, but even the more recent mark by Valenzuela is essentially untouchable at this point. Teams employ 5 man rotations, and with 162 games, there isn’t even a chance to make more than 32 starts. It’s just not happening. Ever.
1. Most Consecutive No-Hitters
In 1938, rookie pitcher Johnny Vander Meer no hit the Boston Bees on June 11. In his next start, four days later, Vander Meer pitched another no-hitter against Brooklyn to set the record. While three other pitchers have managed to pitch two no-hitters in the same season, none have done them in back-to-back starts.
Why it will never be broken: as baseball is around 20 more no-hitters away from having seen 300 all-time, only one man has managed do throw them in consecutive starts. In order to break Vander Meer’s record, a pitcher would have to throw no-hitters in back-to-back-to-back starts. That’s three no-no’s in a row. Despite all the changes baseball has endured over the eras that affect how attainable records are, Vander Meer’s record is just as possible for pitchers now as it was during Will White’s 75 complete games in 1879, and yet only one man has done it, and no one will ever break it.