It seems like every year, there are one or two baseball players who put together a respectable hitting streak. Often times they’ll reach 15, 20, sometimes even 30-40 games. No matter how long they go, though, they always fall short of Joe DiMaggio.
Joltin’ Joe’s 56-game hitting streak in 1941 is one of sports’ most revered records, not only because it is a ridiculously impressive streak, but it’s a streak that many think may never be broken.
The Dodgers’ Andre Ethier was out of the lineup on Wednesday night, but when he does return to Don Mattingly‘s lineup, he’ll put a 29-game hit streak on the line. It’s by far the longest of the season, but it only recently got national attention for becoming half as long DiMaggio’s run in ’41.
It’s not the only seemingly unreachable baseball record, though. As you may have heard, baseball is a game built on the wonder of numbers, and 56 is just one of those seemingly unreachable numbers.
Rogers Hornsby‘s .424 batting average in 1924 is another record that may never be approached, let alone passed.
If someone like Manny Ramirez — in the midst of the steroid era — couldn’t break Hack Wilson‘s record of 191 RBIs in 1930, will anyone ever break it? Or could anyone ever surpass Babe Ruth‘s 177 runs scored in a single season in 1921?
They say that records are meant to be broken. And in some cases, even unthinkable ones, those records are broken. However, there are some pages in the record book that may never be re-written.
Which Major League Baseball single-season batting record is least likely to ever be broken? Share your thoughts below.
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