Jun 24, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan smiles during the eighth inning of the game against the Colorado Rockies at Rangers Ballpark. The Rangers beat the Rockies 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The One Invincible Baseball Record


There were records I never thought would be broken. Ty Cobb and his career hit total shattered by Pete Rose. Lou Gehrig and the consecutive game mark. Even Babe Ruth and that magical 714. Is there an invincible record?

Many others seem impossible, especially in this day and age. Can anyone even get close to the career win total of Cy Young? You would need seventeen straight thirty win seasons. Forget it. Joe DiMaggio and 56 straight games gathering in a hit. Chief Wilson getting 36 triples in a season. Hugh Duffy hitting .440 for a season. Nolan Ryan and his gazillion strikeouts. My personal favorite is Johnny Vander Meer‘s consecutive no hitters. You would have to toss three in a row.

There is one invincible record. Never will be broken. All the quantum computers in the known universe could not develop odds. The box score shows little. A game played on September 28th, 1919 between the Philadelphia Phillie’s and the Giants of New York at the Polo Grounds. It was the first game of a season ending twin bill and the Giants won 6-1. The total time of the game was 51 minutes. FIFTY-ONE MINUTES! Boston and NY often have innings that long.

I remember reading an article on this game years ago. It was somewhat of a gimmick as both teams were in overdrive attempting to play a game as quick as possible. The early setting of the sun, and both teams with an urgency to get the season over with and start the profitable barn storming weighed in. But 51 minutes? Never be broken. The one invincible baseball record.

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