Baseball records don’t seem to mean as much as they used to since steroids and human growth hormone have destroyed the integrity and meaning of the game’s statistics. Within the last 10 years, for example, Roger Maris’ single season home run record was shattered along with Hank Aaron’s career home run mark — both with the aid of drugs.
Drugs or no drugs, there are two baseball records that I believe will never be broken. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I believe they are unbreakable. They are Cy Young’s career victory total of 511 and Ty Cobb’s .367 lifetime batting average (yeah, I know, some nerd figured out it’s really .366. Get a life!)
A pitcher capable of winning 20 games in a season would have to do so 25.55 times in order to tie Young’s record. Even doped-up Roger Clemens is 157 wins short of Young’s mark after 24 years in the Bigs. He’d have to pitch for another 11 years and maintain his season average for wins in order to catch Young.
In many ways, Cobb’s lifetime batting average is even more mind-boggling. Imagine a season batting .350 bringing your average down! One or two seasons batting .367 would be remarkable; averaging that over the course of a 24-season career is unbelievable. But that is exactly what the Georgia Peach accomplished.
To put it into perspective, here is a quick list of some of the game’s greatest hitters and their lifetime averages:
Rogers Hornsby – .358
Ted Williams – .344
Lou Gehrig – .340
Tony Gwynn – .338
Wade Boggs – .328