The saying goes something like, "Records Are Meant to Be Broken."
I don't think that's the case. At one point in time, it seemed possible and likely that all records would be broken. Yet, as each respective sport has adapted and the competition has become more fierce, it has created an amount of parity that has somewhat leveled the playing field. We are now at the point where some records stand out as virtually "unbreakable."
The task of figuring out which records were deserving was nearly impossible. You'd be surprised at how many impressive and seemingly unbreakable records there actually are. Once I was able to narrow it down to the top 50, it was even harder to rank them.
How do you evaluate a record that is 50-plus odd years old compared to a record from within the last 20 years? It was a daunting task, as I felt like I was taking credit away from one record by placing it below another.
When ranking these, I tried to take into account when each record occurred to account for changes in the game that could affect the ability for some records to be broken. In some cases I removed them from the list entirely, and in others I had to give credit to their amazing feats.
Eventually, I realized it's not necessarily the order that matters. More importantly, its about giving credit where credit is due. All of these records are great, and they are all likely to last until long past our lifetimes.
Here are the 50 Greatest and Most Unbreakable Records in All of Sports.