They often say that records are meant to be broken. However, when it comes to the baseball records that you will see in this article, they are an exception to that rule. These records are some of the longest standing and are near impossible to break, especially in the modern age of the sport.
1. Most Wins in a Season
This record was set in 1884 and will absolutely and positively never even get close to being broken unless some major rule changes come into the MLB. The man who set this record was Old Hoss Radbourn, who won an astonishing 59 games in 1884. The reason this will never be broken is because even the best pitchers in the MLB in the modern day rarely get more than 30 starts and no one has gotten more than 25 wins since 1990.
2. Most Consecutive Games Played
This ironman streak is held by none other than Cal Ripken jr. who played in an amazing 2632 straight games from 1982 to 1998. The next closest to the record is over 500 games back. For a player to even get within 100 games of Ripken’s record, they would have to play all 162 games in 16 straight seasons. Interesting fact is that only 7 players have hit 1000 straight games and Ripken is well over twice that.
3. Highest Career Batting Average
This record of .366 is held by Ty Cobb, largely seen as one of the best hitters of all time. Helping to contribute to this astronomically high batting average were three .400 seasons and nine seasons of over .380. What makes this even crazier is that since 1928 (when Cobb retired) there have only been 46 seasons where any hitter has even reached .366 and no one player has done it more than 4 times.
4. Longest Hitting Streak
Now this is probably the most unbreakable of the unbreakable. This is so unlikely and crazy that it has been called the most extraordinary thing that has ever happened in sports by certain statisticians. Set by Joe DiMaggio in 1941, the record stands at 56 games with a hit registered. The next closest is 45, and there have only been six 40 game hitting streaks with the most recent being Pete Rose in 1978. And get this, no active player has even two steaks put together that get anywhere close to DiMaggio’s mark, making it unlikely that we will ever see this record threatened, let alone broken.
5. Most RBI in a Season
This was set by Hack Wilson in the year 1930. Only two players ever really got close at 183 and 184, but that was decades ago as well. There haven’t really been any challenges to the record in nearly a century and the modern RBI numbers don’t get close. The closest since 2000 was Sammy Sosa in 2001 when he got 160 and the higest last year was 130 by Nolan Arenado.