| ESPN Network: ESPN.com | NBA.com | ABCSports | EXPN | FANTASY|
Readers' List: Greatest career records
From the Page 2 mailbag
On Monday, Page 2 offered its list of the greatest career records in sports history. We asked for your take, and you filled our mailbag with plenty of choices.
1. Cy Young's 511 Wins (121 letters)
Cy Young's record 511 career wins is the only one that's absolutely unreachable. We haven't seen a 30-win season in two decades, and you'd need over a dozen of them to begin to come close. If the measure of a record's greatness is its durability, Cy stands alone.
New Haven, Conn.
Cy Young's 511 career wins -- there is no way anyone will even get to dream about this record. Although this season has been an exception, in the past 6 or 7 seasons very few pitchers have even seen 20 wins once, let alone 20 wins (or more) for 20-30 years. And to think that we have been making a big deal about Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux having a chance at 300 wins; that isn't even 60% of the way there. Walter Johnson is closest to Young, and he is almost 100 behind! Warren Spahn is the only pitcher of the last half century to even reach 350. There are many amazing career records in sports -- witness Rickey Henderson passing Cobb's runs scored mark -- but this one will last a long, long, long time.
The amazing part of this is he holds the major-league record for losses, too. That tells you how healthy and awesome he was.
2. Wayne Gretzky's Point Total (52 letters)
Cockeysville, Md. Gretzky's total point record stands out most for me, because if you took away all the goals, he would still own the record for career points.
Boulder, Colo. Wayne Gretzky's 2,857 points ranks No. 1 in my mind because of the incredible distance between him and No. 2, Gordie Howe at 1,850. That's just a ridiculous shattering of Howe's record. Imagine if Pete Rose had 6,000 hits or if Hank Aaron hit 1,100 home runs for his career. Or if Abdul-Jabbar scored 60,000 points. You get the idea. What's particularly amazing about Gretzky's feat is that he broke Howe's record only halfway or so through his career. Granted, NHL seasons have been about 80 games for Gretzky's career while Howe had only 60, but still ...
3. Nolan Ryan's 5,714 Ks (41 letters)
He struck out everyone and their grandfathers. 27 seasons later he was throwing as hard as Randy Johnson is now, the most feared person to chuck a fastball.
Sheridan, Wyo. My choice for the greatest record is Nolan Ryan's unbelievable record for strikeouts in a career. Even as great as Roger Clemens is, he would almost have to have another career to match the strikeouts of Nolan Ryan. This is just one of the few records that Nolan has. Even a bigger career record is his seven no-hitters -- no one will ever come close to a lot of Nolan Ryan's many records.
4. Pete Rose's Hit Record (37 letters)
5. Nolan Ryan's Seven No-Hitters (28 letters)
I think that even greater than Nolan Ryan's strikeout record is his accomplishment of seven no-hitters. No one in the game today comes close. Pitchers are too often pulled to let them have rest. No one is as dominating as he was in his prime, all 20 years of it.
6. Bill Russell's Championships (25 letters)
Bill Russell's achievement is the most impressive. Individual statistics are great, but all the individual achievements are not worth one taste of championship champagne. Just ask Ernie Banks or Don Mattingly, who never got that opportunity. For Russell to lead his team to 11, well, that is just special. He did not score 30 a game, for the good of the team. He gave up and sacrificed his own personal statistics to help lead his team to victory. That is truly the mark of a special champion, and the greatest feat of all time.
7. Hank Aaron's 755 home runs (16 letters)
8. John Wooden's NCAA championships (13 letters)
He did it with great centers in Alcindor and Walton, and he did it with Patterson, Rowe and Wicks, three forwards. He also did it with guards, Goodrich and Hazzard. It didn't matter if they weren't the tallest or the fastest, he made them into great "teams."
9. Rickey Henderson's stolen base record (six letters)
10. Pete Maravich NCAA basketball 44.2 points per game (five letters)
Pete Maravich's 44.2 points per game in college basketball is hands down the the greatest career record of all time. Pistol did this while having no 3-point line and while teams ran double and triple teams against him. If Maravich played with a 3-point arc, his scoring average would be in the 50s, because a lot of his shots would have been five feet behind the arc. This record will never be broken, even with the 3-point line.
||ESPN.com: HELP | ADVERTISER INFO | CONTACT US | TOOLS | SITE MAP|