When it comes to statistics and records, no other sport comes close to matching baseball’s muscle. Football may have surpassed baseball as America’s favorite sport but none of the numbers or records compiled in the NFL, NBA or NHL are remembered nor revered the way baseball’s hallowed marks are.
When Barry Bonds eclipsed Hank Aaron’s home run record it was front-page news nationwide; people had their say about it, whether positively or negatively. When Brett Favre (pun intended) passed Dan Marino on the career touchdown list, the achievement was barely acknowledged—not even on the scoreboard in the stadium he did it in. How many of the top 10 home run hitters of all time can you name? Or top 20? But how many of the top 10 scorers in NBA history can you—or most—name? How about just the top three? How many people could, in order, list Kareem Adbul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan (the easy one)?
No matter what happens with other sports, no matter how much money or popularity the NFL generates, no matter how famous or rich Lebron James becomes and no matter who is or becomes the face of the NHL, none of those sports will ever match baseball’s pull to the common American fan. People care more about the records in baseball, and tend to follow them more closely.
Here are the top 10 most unbreakable records or numbers in baseball history. I hope I am not repetitive from previous articles and am able to list a few that have been forgotten or overlooked.