PEORIA – This fall’s baseball fans were treated to historic home runs.
Louis Cardinals icon and former Peoria Chiefs player Albert Pujols wrap up his Hall of Fame career with more than 700 home runs, the fourth player in baseball history to reach that plateau.
On Tuesday night, New York Yankees player Aaron Judge smashed his 62nd home run of the season, surpassing the great Roger Maris in the most home runs in a single season in Major League history. The judges total is seventh in a single season in baseball history.
Whether you want to take credit for Red Auerbach, Mark Spitz, or someone else in time with the adage “records are made to be broken,” the question is whether there are some that will likely never happen.
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As Major League Baseball winds down on the regular season and heads into the playoffs, here are 12 baseball records that will likely stay forever:
2,632 – Playing Cal Ripken Jr. 2632 consecutive matches, an MLB record that ended when he was dropped from the squad on September 20, 1998. Only one player – Miguel Tejada – has reached 1,000 consecutive games since then. Built-in vacation days are the norm for gaming management in this era.
232 – The face of Barry Bonds 232 walkers in the 2004 season170 Babe Ruth crashed in 1923.
5714 – Nolan Ryan collected 5714 hits in his Hall of Fame career. With the number of pitches and role limits throughout the season, it’s unlikely that anyone will have the long life required to beat this one. Justin Verlander is the current active MLB captain, with 3,198 in 17 seasons at age 39. Max Scherzer (15 seasons, 37) is with him at 3,193.
511 – Cy Young’s 511 has won in 22 seasons, having earned it over 120 years ago. Greg Maddox, a former Peoria Chiefs player and Hall of Famer, placed eighth on the MLB list with a score of 355.
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.366 – Ty Cobb’s .366 . career batting average He hasn’t been challenged since retiring Ted Williams in .344 in 1960. The active leader in MLB is Miguel Cabrera in .308 (minimum 500 career games/3000 plate appearances).
56 Joe Dimaggio’s 56-game streak in 1941, which ended against the Cleveland Indians. Johnny Vander Meer straight in 1938. The left-wing Sensei did so by four days against the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers.
1,406 – Ricky Henderson had 130 steals in the 1982 season and ended his career 1,406, both of which are MLB records. De String Gordon, 34, has 336 in his 11-year career and is the current active leader. In the age of swing planes and power strikes, a stolen basic record is safe.
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464 Ed Walsh’s 464 innings were played in the 1908 season for the Chicago White Sox. This included 49 starts and 17 relief appearances, and 40 wins. MLB shooters in this era consider 200 rounds to be a huge workload.
25 – Most All-Star Game Appearance? Hank Aaron was 25 years old.
762 Barry Bonds’ home run score of 762 seems out of reach, though Barry Bonds’ one-season mark of 73 could be achievable in the current baseball era. Aside from Pujols, in 703, the only other active MLB player to reach the 500 is Cabrera (507).
2 – Johnny Vander Meer straight in 1938. Left-wing Sensei did it four days ago against the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers.
4,256 Pete Rose has produced 4,256 songs in his career, setting the record in 1985 for most hit songs. Albert Pujols, 42, is the active leader with a score of 3,383 as of this week.
Dave Eminian is a sports columnist for the Journal Star, covering men’s basketball for the Bradley, Rivermen and Chiefs. He writes the sports column Cleve In The Eve for pjstar.com. He can be reached at 686-3206 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.