May 22, 2005

HALF MAKE THE CUT EVERY WEEK (via Mike Daley):

The 10 greatest individual streaks in sports (Elliott Kalb, 5/22/05, FOXSports.com)

Tiger Woods made news this past week, when he failed to make the cut at the Byron Nelson Championship, breaking a streak that extended to 142 tournaments over seven years. [...]

So how does Woods' record stack up against the greatest individual streaks in all sports? Here's a look at the top 10 sports streaks of all time.

1. Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak [...]

2. Johnny Unitas' 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass [...]

3. Edwin Moses' 122 consecutive victories in 400-meter high hurdles [...]

4. Wilt Chamberlain's 45 complete games in a row

Between Jan. 5 and March 14, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain played every minute of 45 consecutive NBA games. There is nothing even remotely close to this in the history of the league. Today, if a player plays 48 minutes in one game, it's news. It's remarkable when a player averages 40 minutes per game. In fact, there's not a single NBA player in the league today who has played in 45 complete games in his career. Chamberlain (who had 79 complete games that season) set many records, but this might be the most impressive.


Actually, Chamberlain's most impressive streak -- though he had some help from the men with the whistles -- was that ne never fouled out in 1,045 career games. Meanwhile, DiMaggio's streak is put in perspective by the fact that during those 56 games Ted Williams had a higher batting average.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 22, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

DiMaggio got a walk in the game that snapped his streak, and then a hit in his next 16 games or so. The 70-some game streak of reaching base safely is also pretty impressive.

Ted Williams had 16 straight times reaching base, which is also impressive.

Posted by: John Thacker at May 22, 2005 11:21 AM

DiMaggio got a walk in the game that snapped his streak, and then a hit in his next 16 games or so. The 70-some game streak of reaching base safely is also pretty impressive.

Ted Williams had 16 straight times reaching base, which is also impressive.

Posted by: John Thacker at May 22, 2005 11:22 AM

Wilt Chamberlain (at least according to his own testimony) had another winning streak which surpasses anything else in recorded history, but I'm not going to mention what it was.

Posted by: h-man at May 22, 2005 2:03 PM
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