Does God enjoy watching baseball? I think the better question is, does God play baseball, or at least intervene on occasion to set certain baseball records at such “divine” heights as to require another divine intervention to break it?” The following records are so far off the charts of realism that not even what happened in the movie Angels In The Outfield can touch it. With some of these records being so mind-boggling you even have to wonder if God has spoken through them to give us a glimpse of His favorite team, players, or even a certain facet of the game. Here are the top five MLB records that will be nearly impossible to break:
#5) Most consecutive hits in an inning by a team–11
They say the air is lighter and the baseball carries farther at Coors Field in the Rocky Mountains, but what happened on this particular night was ridiculous. On Friday, July 30, 2010 the Colorado Rockies set a Major League record for the ages. With the Rockies leading the Cubs 5-2 in the eighth inning the Colorado Rockies put together a string of 11 consecutive hits against the Chicago Cubs (naturally). There is one more bit of amazing detail to this feat though-all 11 hits came with two outs. Since this is the only time in over 100 years of baseball that this oddity or “divine” wonder has occurred in our national pastime you may want to check out the video of the phenomenon to enter the unbelievable realm yourself. Click here for video.
Even a coach of such longevity (23 years) like that of the Cubs’ Lou Pinella, had to scratch his head after the game and said the following, “I’d never seen an inning like that,” according to yahoo.com. Lou went on to say, “We had two outs and two strikes on a hitter and they score 12 runs.” Lou then, as if to be mesmerized by the feat, reiterated again that he had never seen anything like it (three games later the Cubs would give up even more runs losing to the Brewers 18-1).
Few Fans Get To See In One Game What Happened During This One Inning:
Most people don’t even get to see this type of offensive production in an entire game, let alone in one inning. There were other records set in conjunction with this eighth inning. Additional franchise records set were: 1) Cubs giving up 12 runs in one inning (tied for the most in Cubs history), 2) The Rockies’ 12 runs, 13 hits, and 18 plate appearances in one inning were the most in team history, and 3) The Rockies’ 12 extra base hits was a team record for one game. After the Rockies batted around twice in this inning, every single hitter that came to the plate got at least one hit. Melvin Mora, Carlos Gonzalez, and Troy Tulowitzki had two hits in the inning.
One has to wonder if the Almighty decided to pick the eighth inning of this game to have a seat somewhere in the stadium with His popcorn and have a little fun with it…or, maybe there is actually something to that “goat curse” of 1945.
If anything, the eternal aspect of this record may lie with it occurring with two outs. Its hard to imagine a team getting 12 straight hits with two outs.
#4) Most consecutive wins by a pitcher–24
Little known Carl Hubbell pulled off this string of wins from July 17, 1936 – May 27, 1937. In 1936, at age 33 and making $17,000 a year, Hubbell went 26-6 with the Giants as they eventually lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series in that first year where the string started. Hubbell, also known as “King Carl” or “Meal Ticket” at some points during the season was pitching every other game. Even though Hubbell established the most consecutive wins record he probably was more well known in that era for what he did in the 1934 All-Star game when he struck out five straight future Hall of Famers that included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx.
#3) Most wins by a pitcher–511
When Cy Young accomplished this feat on September 22, 1911 as a 44-year-old there were only 1,200 fans at Forbes Field that day (he won 1-0 against the Pirates) compared to the 42,578 (102.4% full) that attended AT&T Park in San Francisco to watch Greg Maddux win “only” his 300th.
To put this “out of reach” record in perspective one has to only look at a list of current active leaders for wins. At one point Jamie Moyer had the lead at 267 wins (in 2010) at age 47. He would have to have to have 12 more seasons of 20 wins (impossible) and one season of at least five wins to surpass Cy Young and of which would put Mr. Moyer at the age of 60 when he did it. I don’t know of any 20-season winners at age 59.
#2) Most consecutive games played by a player–2,632
Most thought Lou Gehrig’s 2,130 consecutive games record would never be eclipsed so I may stand corrected one day. However, one cannot deny that when Cal Ripkin exceeded what was once deemed as the “unbreakable record” by 502 games, a higher level of baseball record security probably had been reached. With the modern practice of coaches “shelving” their star players at the end of the season if their teams are out of post-season contention and being more prone to sitting players out with slight injuries in order to decrease the risk of losing them for the year, most likely places this record out of reach.
Cal Ripken earned the nickname “The Iron Man” for surpassing a 56-year-old record on September 6, 1995 at Camden Yards in front of a sold-out crowd against the California Angels. Ripken, not being injured and without advance notice, just decided to end the string of games that began on May 30, 1982 after 16 seasons because he felt it was time.
#1) Hitting Streak–56
Joltin Joe DiMaggio established this mark on July 16, 1941 and one in which the commissioner at the time, Ford Frick, said that it is one of Major Leagues unbeatable marks. Pete Rose is the only modern day player to come close at the record when in 1978 he hit in 44 consecutive games.