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  • Babe Ruth: led lead in HR, Runs and RBI for 3 straight years

    2 13.33%
  • Eric Gagne: 85 straight saves

    0 0%
  • Bob Gibson: 1.12 ERA in 1968 (304 IP)

    2 13.33%
  • Nap Lajoie: .426 batting averege in 1901 (544 At-bats)

    3 20.00%
  • Joe Dimaggio: 56 game hitting streak

    5 33.33%
  • Barry Bonds: 200+ walks in 2004 (and counting)

    1 6.67%
  • Nolan Ryan: 383 strike outs in one year (326 innings)

    0 0%
  • Will White: 680 IP in 1879 (75 starts)

    1 6.67%
  • Ricky Henderson: 130 stolen bases in 1982 (149 games)

    1 6.67%
  • Hack Wilson: 190 RBI in one year (1930)

    0 0%
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Thread: most impressive feat/stat in baseball (non-career)

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    I dug up some stats from the last 130 years that will probably never be broken/matched again, from both famous and rather unknown baseball players, that they did over a season or a couple, but NOT career stats. I wanted to find room on the list for Pedro Martinez (2000 season), Sandy Kofax, Randy Johnson, Ty Cobb, Clemons, Maddox and more, but I couldn't

    Joe Dimaggio: 56 game hit streak

    Eric Gagne: 85 straight saves (2003 and 2004)

    Nolan Ryan: 383 strike outs in one season (pitched 326 innings)

    Will White: in 1879, pitched 680 innings in 76 games (75 starts), with a 1.99 ERA and 43 wins (keep in mind the year he did it in)

    Ricky Henderson: 130 stolen bases in 1982 (played in 149 games)

    Nap Lajoie: .426 batting averege in 1901 (played 135 games, had 544 at-bats)

    Hack Wilson: 190 RBI in one year (1930)

    Babe Ruth: led league in home runs, runs and RBIs for 3 straight years (1919-1921)

    Bob Gibson: 1.12 ERA in 1968 (34 games, 22-9 record, 304 IP)

    Barry Bonds: 200+ walks in 2004 (and counting)

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    All remarkable. But Vandermeer's back-to-back no hitters is the most remarkable.

    Also, take a look how Ichiro and Bonds figure to win their respective batting titles, with Ichiro in line to do so with among the most official plate appearances in history, with Bonds barely able to be eligible with all the walks.

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    i also forgot the guy who had 50+ straight scoreless innings, cant remember the name

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    Went with Joe D's streak.

    To get one hit in 56 straight is awesome.

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    Nobody will hit .426 ever again. That record will stand forever.

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    Originally posted by blackout806@Sep 24 2004, 04:53 PM
    i also forgot the guy who had 50+ straight scoreless innings, cant remember the name
    Orel Hershiser.

    I voted for Bob Gibson. I like pitchers.

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    Originally posted by Maxman@Sep 24 2004, 06:07 PM
    Nobody will hit .426 ever again. That record will stand forever.
    when Ichiro is a FA in 2006 and signs to the Yankees...

    nah, wont happen

    these days, its extremely rare to see a hitter over .375 and a pitcher with an ERA under 2.50, and it used to happen all the time back in the old days

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    nobody else is impresesd by 680 innings pitched?

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    blackout - ERA under 2.50? This will be Pedro's first season with an ERA over 2.50 since his first season in Boston. That was 1998 for the record.

    Comparing baseball records of different ERAs is difficult. Look at all that can be analyzed over. The effect of a closer had on the game. DH or no DH. Pre-1947 - no blacks. How has the wealth and year round training effected the game? What has MLB done to the ball over the years (i.e. loosen/tighten)? Free agency. Those are just off the top of my head.

    The 680 innings pitched I believe was pitched when the mound was closer, which gave the pitchers and incredible advantage and all those microscopic ERAs.

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    Originally posted by blackout806@Sep 26 2004, 09:15 AM
    nobody else is impresesd by 680 innings pitched?
    It was a different style of Bseball in the pre-1900's. I have a hard time with any of the feats from back then.

    They are wonderful, but they don't do much for me.

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    I am so impressed with 200 + walks in 1 season. And in reality, 95% are intentional, although Baseball only lists a walk as intentional when the vcathcer sticks his hand and signals for one. But no pitcher wants to pitch to him.

    200 walks. It should not be happening.

    By the way, for those who say .426 is not going to happen, check out Ichiro's batting average for the past 70 games or so. It's around .430 or so. Pretty impressive, and a very large amount of games.

    But 200+ walks. WOW.

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    I think Joe D's streak will go down in the next few years. I can see it now:

    The new DH for the Orioles, Mike Piazza, loves playing in Camden Yards. As a matter of fact he has homered in 60 straight games.

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    Originally posted by Maxman@Sep 27 2004, 07:53 AM
    I think Joe D's streak will go down in the next few years. I can see it now:

    The new DH for the Orioles, Mike Piazza, loves playing in Camden Yards. As a matter of fact he has homered in 60 straight games.
    All the feats listed above will probably be erased someday. But the Bonds, Gibson and Ryan ones will be the toughest.

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    Originally posted by blackout806@Sep 24 2004, 04:53 PM
    i also forgot the guy who had 50+ straight scoreless innings, cant remember the name
    Orel Hershisher holds that record. He broke Drysdale's record to do it. What an amazing year "Bulldog'' had in 1988.

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    Will White and Joe Dimaggio's records will never be broken, period

    these days, its headline news for a player to have a 30 game hit streak, let alone twice of that

    and as for White, 75 starts and 680 IP speaks for itself

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