After seeing Ryan Zimmerman's 30 game hitting streak broken last night, I decided to put together a list of baseball streaks I think will never be broken. I'm only going to list 10, so it's my top ten and my opinion. These are offensive stats only. I may look at pitching later. Have a look, and see what you think.
1. Joe Dimaggio - 56 Game hitting streak(1941) - it's been 30 years since anyone was in the 40s(Pete Rose 1978)
2. Ted Williams - 84 - Consecutive games reaching base(1949) - it's been 60 years, and no one has been close.
3. Joe Sewell - 115 - Consecutive games without a strikeout(1929) - with all the pitchers who are specialists, do you see this happening?
4. Ray Cullenbine - 22 - Consecutive games with a walk(1947) - I thought it would be Barry Bonds, but no.
5. Ray Grimes - 17 - Consecutive games with an RBI(1922) - are you kidding me???
6. Billy Hamilton - 24 - Consecutive games scoring one or more runs(1894) - this one is over 100 years old.
7. Ty Cobb - 23 - Consecutive seasons hitting .300 or better (1906 - 1928) (50 or more games) - hard enough to find someone who plays long enough for this one. This could be in the top 5.
8. Sam Crawford - 3 - Consecutive seasons with 20 or more triples(1912-1914) - This guy had to be a jackrabbit
9. Ted Williams - 17 - Consecutive seasons, .400 on-base percentage or better(1939 - 1958) - Teddy Ballgame had a great eye at the plate.
10. Joe Medwick - 7 - Consecutive seasons with 40 or more doubles(1933 - 1939) - Almost as scarey as the 20 triples.
Actually, some modern day players have some interesting streaks...Barry Bonds had slugging Pct. of .600 or better 7 consecutive seasons, but he may have used steroids during that period. Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners is poised to break the record for most consecutive seasons with 200 hits, all he has to do is get 200 this year, and he will be the record holder at 9.
Chipper Jones is tied for consecutive games with an extra base hit(14) and Bobby Abreu is tied with Frank Thomas for most consecutive seasons with 100 walks with 8.
Well, this one has been fun for me, because I love statistics and I love seeing all of the streaks. It's amazing how many of these streaks have stood for so long. Let me know yours if you like, or make a comment.