Major League Baseball has been in existence for 143 years, and during that span, the world has seen some incredible and sometimes odd accomplishments.
It is estimated that there have been over 350,000 games played since the birth of Major League Baseball in 1869.
Yes, there are thousands of records to speak of throughout MLB history, but here are 10 absurd records that have occurred over the years.
The Rookie of the Year honors was awarded to a Los Angeles Dodgers player five years in a row:
|1992||1B||Eric Karros||LA Dodgers|
|1993||C||Mike Piazza||LA Dodgers|
|1994||OF||Raúl Mondesí||LA Dodgers|
|1995||P||Hideo Nomo||LA Dodgers|
|1996||OF||Todd Hollandsworth||LA Dodgers|
Scott Rolen would go on to bring the five-year streak to a halt in 1997. The Dodgers have won a record 16 Rookie of the Year Awards throughout their franchise's history.
Winning 20 games in one season as a pitcher is a historic feat in itself. But having four pitchers on the same team to each win 20 games in the same season is unheard of.
|Pitcher||W - L||ERA|
|Mike Cuellar||20 - 9||3.08|
|Pat Dobson||20 - 8||2.90|
|Jim Palmer||20 - 9||2.68|
|Dave McNally||21 - 5||2.89|
Surprisingly, the 1971 Baltimore Orioles went on to lose in the Word Series in seven games after the Orioles began the series with a 2-0 lead.
Bobby Cox led the Braves to 14 consecutive Division Titles.
The Atlanta Braves historic run of 14 consecutive division titles is an accomplishment that may never be repeated in MLB history. Players such as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones all played prominent roles in leading the Braves to 14 straight.
During that 14-year span, Manager, Bobby Cox and the Atlanta Braves participated in five World Series and won one. To go along with that, the team produced one MVP Award and an astounding six Cy Young Awards.
Randy Johnson, at 6'10" tall, is arguably one of the most dominating and intimidating pitchers in the history of the MLB.
Johnson's 4,875 career strikeouts stands second all-time to only the great Nolan Ryan, but his most impressive feat came in his four seasons from 1999 to 2002 where he was able to string together four consecutive Cy Young Awards.
Amazingly, Johnson began the streak at the age of 35 and was 39 years of age when he notched his fourth straight.
|Year||W - L||ERA||SO|
|1999||17 - 9||2.48||364|
|2000||19 - 7||2.64||347|
|2001||21 - 6||2.49||372|
|2002||24 - 5||2.32||334|
The 1998 Yankees won 114 games and swept the San Diego Padres in the World Series.
The New York Yankees easily have the most impressive and accomplished historical resume since their birth into Major League Baseball in 1901.
The Yanks have won 27 World Series titles, including five consecutive at one point. The team with the second most World Series Championships is the St. Louis Cardinals with 11.
This record is not only one of the most mind-blowing but also one of the most controversial. In old Yankee Stadium, there were three different levels of seats in right field.
Above the upper-deck and over 120 feet from the ground was an overhang (which can be seen in the introduction of this slideshow). It is said that Mantle's home run hit the overhang (nearly clearing it) with such force that the ball ricocheted back into the infield.
Nolan Ryan struck out a record 5,714 batters during his career in which he pitched in four different decades.
A feat equally impressive if not more impressive than Ryan's absurd career strikeout total is his seven no-hitters.
Ryan threw his first no-hitter at 26 years old and his last at the age of 44. Sandy Koufax is second to him, throwing four no-hitters in his career.
Rickey Henderson has the all-time career stolen base record with 1,406 as well as the single season record when he swiped 130 bases in 1982. Henderson followed up his record-setting 1982 season with another astounding total of 108 stolen bases in 1983.
From 1980-1983, Henderson averaged 98.5 stolen bases per season. In 1982, Henderson also set the single-season caught stealing record with 42. He holds the career caught stealing record as well with 335.
In 1938, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer threw two no-hitters in consecutive games. Vander Meer is the only pitcher in MLB history to accomplish this and more than likely will be the last.
After the second no-hitter, teammates and coaches attempted to persuade Vander Meer to change his number to "00", but decided to stick with the number he wore during each of his two no-hitters.
On Aug. 19, 1965, Jim Maloney pitched one of the most enthralling no-hitters that Major League Baseball has ever seen.
The no-hitter lasted 10 innings and in the span of those 10 innings, Maloney walked 10 batters and threw a whopping 187 pitches.