Unbreakable MLB Records

Unbreakable MLB Records

Records have risen and fallen throughout MLB history, and that doesn’t look to change any time soon. Ballplayers break their own personal records all the time, and overall, big-time records are there for the taking – except for these three. The following MLB records are pretty rock solid, and they’re so incredible, it’d take a superhuman effort to top them.

Cy Young and His Crazy Win Total

CY Young

When Cy Young first took the field for the Cleveland Spiders in 1890, he had no inkling that more than a century later, his name would remain on the record books as having the most wins by a pitcher over the course of a career. Young holds the record with a whopping 511 total wins, a record that still stands today, and will likely never be topped.

He averaged 20 wins over a typical 162-game season, and the record was still pretty far out of reach for the No. 2 guy on the list – Walter Johnson, who topped out at 417 wins over his 21-year career, which ended after the 1927 season. The next two players on the list clocked in 373 wins each; the first modern player to get anywhere near there was Greg Maddux, who won 355 games over his 23-year career.

Joe DiMaggio’s Massive Hitting Streak

Joe Dimaggio

It’s news these days when an MLB player hits successfully 15 games (or more) in a row. Waiting to see when his hit streak gets broken can be entertainment in and of itself. If someone was doing that when Joe DiMaggio was playing in 1941, though, they had to wait a really long time.

The Yankee Clipper went on a whopping 58-game hitting streak that season, a record which remains to this day. Second in line stands one Willie Keeler, who went 45 games with a hit in 1896-1897. Pete Rose comes in third with 44 games in a row, and it drops off from there with each player going down the line. Will DiMaggio’s 75-year record ever be broken? It certainly doesn’t seem likely.

Cal Ripken Jr. Playing the Most Games in a Row

Cal Ripken Jr

When someone plays a professional sport, it’s difficult – if not nearly impossible – to never miss a game. Guys get hurt, guys get sick, their wives have babies, and family members die. It’s all part of life, and pro athletes are not immune – except for maybe Cal Ripken Jr., who played an astonishing 2,632 major league games in a row.

The next runner-up is Lou Gehrig, who held this record until Cal broke it in 1995 – Gehrig’s record stands at 2,130, which was considered unbreakable for decades. Chances are, Ripken’s Iron Man record will never be topped, as the No. 3 spot, Everett Scott, only played in 1,307 consecutive games – about half of what Ripken accomplished.

Indestructible Records

While so many MLB records have fallen, there remain a few that have set such a high mark that they’ll presumably never be broken. These three – pitcher win total, hitting streak, and consecutive games played – are pretty much insurmountable, and will likely remain in the record books for decades to come.

If you’re looking to set some records of your own, why not check out Fanatics.com. They have an excellent selection of MLB gear – and yes, you can get DiMaggio jerseys just as easily as Ripken ones.

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The Evolution of the Chicago Cubs Jersey

Chicago Cubs Jersey

It has often been said that sports capture hearts and minds not because of wins and losses, feats of athleticism or devoted statisticians, but because of characters and the stories they enable us to tell.

If you abide this, then no team in the history of sports has captured more hearts and minds than the Chicago Cubs. The Cubbies, the lovable losers, are the antithesis of the stoic and storied Yankees – playing second fiddle for more than a century. But lo and behold, they continue to be fan favorites worldwide, with a devout following on the North Side of Chicago.

They have an iconic ballpark: Wrigley Field and its famed ivy.

Throwback traditions run deep for the Cubs. During every seventh inning stretch, a local celebrity leads the crowd in a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a tradition started by the late, great Harry Caray in 1981. In addition, to indicate the outcome of the game to those not in attendance, every game at Wrigley ends with the raising of a flag bearing a W or an L.

Yet, unlike other charter member of the National League, the Cubs have experienced quite a few transitions. There have been numerous team names: originally the Chicago White Stockings, then the Colts, and next the Orphans. On March 27, 1902, a reporter from the Chicago Daily News poked fun at the roster’s youth movement, dubbing them the name that stuck – the “Cubs.” In addition, there were five stadiums before Wrigley, and the team is now on its sixth logo.

Chicago Cubs Logo

Chicago Cubs Primary Logo Patch

Notable Uniform Changes

Chicago Cubs Jersey

Most of all, the Cubs have changed their uniforms. In chronological order, we created a visual timeline above..  Of special note is the record-breaking year of 2014, when players took to the diamond with 13 different uniforms – most of them throwbacks – to commemorate the 100th season at Wrigley Field. Below are more notable years for both home games and away games.

Chicago Cubs Jersey

 

Ben Zobrist Chicago Cubs Majestic 100 Years at Wrigley Field Flex Base Jersey – White

Road Uniforms

  • 1940 – The team adopts the C logo used today, and briefly uses powder-blue away uniforms.
  • 1957 – Both the city and team name appear on the front of the uniform.
  • 1972 – Due to a manufacturing error, the number is centered on the front of the jersey. They are the only team in MLB history to have a centered front number.
  • 1978 – The infamous “pajamas,” a reverse-pinstripe format that some love and others hate, debut.
  • 1982 – The Cubs patch moves to the right side of the jersey.
  • 1990 – “Chicago” appears in block lettering.

Chicago Cubs

Jorge Soler Chicago Cubs Majestic Authentic Turn Back the Clock Player Jersey – Gray

  • 1994 – The block lettering of “Chicago” changes to “Cubs” in a script font.
  • 1997 – Once again, the jersey features “Chicago” in block lettering.

Home Uniforms

  • 1900 – The Cubs are adorned in all-white uniforms with red socks.
  • 1901 – The player’s socks transition to blue.
  • 1903 – One version of the home uniform features a blue, Gothic-looking C on the right side of the jersey.
  • 1904 – The Gothic-looking C didn’t take and is eliminated.
  • 1906 – A black C in a different font debuts.
  • 1907 – Yet another font for the C emerges.
  • 1908 – A logo of a bear within the C appears, and a C is added to the cap.  

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Chicago Cubs New Era Structured 9FORTY Adjustable Hat – White/Graphite

 

  • 1909 – The introduction of the cadet-style collar makes it the ninth-best baseball uniform of all time.
  • 1911-1912 – Faint pinstripes debut on the uniform.
  • 1940 – The Cubs are the first team to adopt a vest uniform with a stylized undershirt – rated the 16th-most influential uniform of all time.
  • 1957 – The uniform features the full-circle logo patch and pinstripes.
  • 1979 – There is now a more pronounced blue circle around the logo patch.

Superstitions

The Chicago Cubs have a famously cursed history. It began on October 6, 1945, when a local pub owner placed a hex on the club for disrespecting his odorous pet goat at Wrigley Field. A fixture at “Billy Goat Tavern,” the goat even had a ticket to the World Series game, but – depending on the source of the legend – it was either denied entry or booted after a rain delay. The Cubs lost the game and the series, and the pub owner sent Cubs management a simple telegram: “Who stinks now?”

Since then, a black cat has casually strolled in front of the Cubs bench, and an excited Cubs fan named Steve Bartman helped knock the team from the 2003 NLCS, sparring with Moises Alou for a catchable foul ball.

Looking Back to Look Forward

Only five numbers are retired by the Cubs – 10 (Ron Santo), 14 (Ernie Banks), 23 (Ryne Sandberg), 26 (Billy Williams), and 31 twice (Greg Maddux and Ferguson Jenkins) – but the Cubs of the present are promising enough to change that, especially if it helps to change their nickname.

Cubs Jersey

Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs Majestic Cool Base Cooperstown Collection Player Jersey – White

For more information on the Cubs, or to purchase some throwback gear, head to Fanatics.com

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The Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA Playoffs on Twitter

The Cleveland Cavaliers on Twitter during the first rounds of NBA playoffs

When LeBron James left South Beach to return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers and form his latest Big Three with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, he promised the city that its decades-long, agony-inducing championship drought would come to an end.

With two convincing, multiple-record-breaking sweeps over the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks in the first two rounds, and plenty of rest going into the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron is once again just eight wins away from delivering for Cleveland.

Just weeks ago in the regular season, there was little faith the Cavs could contend with whatever team came out of the Western Conference. Let’s take a look back at the first two playoff series and examine how far they’ve come in such a short time by looking at the team’s Twitter mentions.

 

cleveland_cavaliers_trending_twitterApril 17 – Game 1, Detroit Pistons @ Cleveland

The Cavaliers see a 106-101 win, one of the closest games of their entire postseason. The Pistons come out strong and are generally pleased with their performance. This activity represents the first major spike in the team’s Twitter mentions since April 13. The previous peak may have been associated with the Cavs’ 14th annual fan appreciation night on the 13th, which could have increased hits for the hashtags #AllForFans and #CavPistons across all social media platforms.

April 20 – Game 2, Detroit Pistons @ Cleveland

The Cavs’ 107-90 win over Pistons marks their 3-pointer postseason streak; they put up 38 attempts and break their own NBA playoff record of 20.

Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson says about LeBron before Game 2: “I’m definitely in his head. That’s for sure.” Big mistake.

LeBron takes over. The youthful Johnson’s guarding was no match for LeBron’s force. LeBron backs down, spins around, and dunks on Johnson after receiving a push in the back. Cleveland fans roar as LeBron and Johnson compete in a rookie-veteran showdown.

According to ESPN, James was 6-for-6 against Johnson as his primary defender in Game 2.

The young Pistons don’t take the loss lightly and refuse once again to back down. Johnson again has strong words for the Cavs afterward.

This rookie-veteran face-off creates a ton of buzz on Twitter. With fans on both sides of the spectrum throwing in their two cents, Twitter sees a slight spike in Cav-related mentions.

Late in Game 2, when it’s all but over, James takes a hit by Marcus Morris’s elbow. There’s a viral video – what LeBron video isn’t viral? – of James taking issue and mouthing a threat.

“There hasn’t been one dirty play in the series,” James says postgame. “I will make sure my guys understand that we’re here to play basketball, everything else is irrelevant. There’s a video here, a video there – means absolutely nothing. I took a shot, but I’m OK, I’m still standing tall.”

April 22 – Game 3, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Detroit

The Cavs bring a 101-91 win, continuing their hot-shooting beyond the arc and toying with a small-ball lineup. They are possibly eyeing a series with the Golden State Warriors, some experts posit. With a struggling Timofey Mozgov, LeBron plays the 4 and Love plays a stretch 5.

The big win brings the fan excitement to Twitter. This causes one of the largest spikes in mentions throughout this series. The fans are ready for a sweep after the big win, and they make sure that Detroit fans understand this as they create noise on social media.

April 24 – Game 4, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Detroit

The Cavs clinch the sweep over Pistons with a 100-98 win. It’s easily the most contested game of the series.

Irving angers some and excites others on social media by literally waving goodbye to Pistons fans from the court as time ticks away. These reactions influence the number of mentions on Twitter for not only Kyrie but the team as well. Kyrie dominates, scoring 31 in the game and 110 in the series.

The Cavs’ win streak over the Pistons in the playoffs is at 12.

May 2 – Game 1, Atlanta Hawks @ Cleveland

The Cavs easily bring home a 104-93 win. The Hawks are somewhat content with the game in their postgame comments. Their comments are eerily similar to that of the Pistons: They credit the Cavs’ shooting and vow to do better. Kevin Love tweaks his right shoulder but says he’s fine; his later play proves this is true.

May 3 Off-Day Shoot Around for Cavs

Rumors fly over “Space Jam 2,” a sequel to the popular Warner Bros. film that featured Michael Jordan and a handful of other ex-NBA players. None other than The King – the newest number 23 – may reprise Jordan’s heroic role.

On this day, social media buzzes once again that James will take the “Space Jam” torch. The newest wrinkle in the rumors? Some – poking fun at LeBron’s perceived tendency to join forces with great players, not necessarily lead lesser players to greatness – say that he may be playing with the alien squad in the remake!

For his part, LeBron says: “My team is handling that, and I’m not going to take my focus off what my job is right now and that’s being in the postseason.”

His team “handling it” is the most concrete confirmation of the project to date.

May 4 – Game 2, Atlanta Hawks @ Cleveland

Cavs absolutely dominate, in record-setting fashion, with a 123-98 win.

Draining the most single game 3-pointers in NBA history, regular or postseason, the Cavs hit 25 triples.

J.R. Smith makes seven 3-pointers during the game, as the Cavs, resembling an Eastern Conference version of Golden State, have the most prolific outside-shooting game of any team in league history.

Postgame, LeBron James struggles to explain it, beyond acknowledging that it has been a concerted effort this postseason to shoot more from beyond the arc.

“Tonight was a special night for all of us who played,” James says; he was a spectator the entire fourth quarter. “This league has seen so many great teams, so many great players and great shooters and for us to set an all-time record is truly special.”

Some on social media, and players in the Hawks’ locker room, bash the Cavs for “running up the score,” but all starters had exited by the middle of the third quarter.

Cleveland still ends the night 25 of 45 from deep and has 10 players make at least one 3-pointer.

Social media users may think there’s something in the water. Many note that even the team mascot, Moondog, drained an over-the-head, backward heave from half court on his first try as the game wound down.

May 6 – Game 3, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Atlanta

Cavs win yet another blowout: 121-108. Channing Frye turns in his best career postseason game, hitting 7 of 9 shots from deep.

The stretch-big pours in 27 total points, and with every piece of the puzzle seemingly fitting to perfection, LeBron says after the game, “This is a team that is destined for greatness … We brought him here to shoot. And shoot and shoot and shoot.”

After hitting an NBA-record 25 3-pointers in Game 2, the Cavs hit 21 in Game 3. Frye tells reporters after the game the advice teammate James Jones gave him: “Channing, you’ve got to stop passing. You’re not very good [at it]. You’ve just got to shoot it.”

As the clock winds down, Hawks point guard Jeff Teague lets his frustration get the best of him; he draws a flagrant for shoving James into the crowd following a contested layup.

May 8 – Game 4, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Atlanta

The Cavs see a 100-99 win in a tightly contested matchup, again mirroring the Pistons’ series, with the best game moment coming when Cleveland’s opponent has their backs to the wall.

The Big Three combine for 69 points. Playing just four games, the Cavs hit 77 3-pointers in the series. They tie for second-most all-time in a postseason series.

It’s by far the most for a 4-game set. The most ever for a swept series previously was 57 – in the Cavs first-round matchup against the Pistons. Prior to this season, the most was 49, by last year’s Cavs squad.

Again like the Pistons, the Hawks are 0-12 in their last dozen playoff games against the Cavs.

Kevin Love, after cutting a postgame press conference answer short, supplies the most talked about line of the whole series: “Game of Thrones is on tonight. I’m trying to get home to watch that. Jon Snow is back.”

Looking Forward: Eastern Conference Finals

If we’re lucky – and let’s face it, the NBA wants it to from a ratings perspective – we’ll be looking at LeBron returning to South Beach to face his former teammates and coach.

Currently, the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors are embroiled in a tightly contested series, sitting at two wins a piece.

Teams led by James have won 17 straight Eastern Conference playoff series. The last one he lost was the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Celtics.

James has also started 8-0 in the postseason for the second time. He did so the first time back in 2009, his first go-round with the Cavs. He’s the fourth player in NBA history to start 8-0 in multiple postseasons. The other three were teammates with the 1980’s “Showtime” Lakers: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Cooper.

The Cavs Big Three, when all are healthy and on the court in the playoffs, are 12-0.

Continue your support for the Cavaliers by rocking the latest Fanatics gear. Don’t contain the hype! Be sure to post your new apparel on Twitter using the hashtag #CavsNations. 

Methodology

We pulled every mention of the word “Cavaliers” from Twitter between April 12 and May 9 to see when the Cleveland Cavaliers were trending on Twitter.

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Giving Back: NBA

Analyzing charities associated with NBA players

In a way, NBA stars are very available to their fans. Only five positions, crowds so close they literally touch the playing surface, the visibility of NBA players is beyond comparison to other leagues.

With added recognition comes added attention. The more players bring that attention to charitable causes and give back, the more fans love them and want more. And the NBA sure loves to use their recognizable faces to give back – to the tune of 3.5 million hours of hands-on community service by players and coaches through NBA Cares, the league’s charitable arm.

Since 2005, NBA players have helped NBA Cares raise more than $270 million for charity and build more than 995 places where kids and families live, learn, and play around the world.

Amazingly, all of this charity just scratches the surface when you examine individual player foundations and efforts. According to data from LookToTheStars.org, NBA celebrities have recognized this charity slam dunk, turning attention away from themselves and toward fans in need.

Below is a rundown of the most charitable NBA athletes and the people they help prosper.

Most Supported Charities

NBA players associated with the Boys and Girls Club of America

According to LookToTheStars.org, the organization with the most support from current and former NBA players is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The organization annually serves about 4 million children in more than 4,100 facilities throughout the country.

Founded in 1860 on the belief that character development is essential to future success, the central tenants of the Boys & Girls Clubs are God, America, and the Constitution. In their gymnasiums, fair play, honesty, and sportsmanship are stressed.

Support of the clubs – which many players credit for developing their skills when other city courts were either too dangerous or nonexistent – is so widespread in the NBA that at least 40 players have been inducted into the organization’s Alumni Hall of Fame – about 20 percent of the total inductees. The list includes Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Spud Webb, James Worthy, Bill Russell, and more.

The biggest benefactor and current “Champion of Youth” for the clubs is The King himself, LeBron James. His namesake foundation has, over the years, donated more than $3 million, outfitted 59 youth basketball teams, and renovated 23 gymnasiums and learning centers.

In addition to his nationwide support of the Boys & Girls Clubs, LeBron’s foundation has, for five years now, sponsored a program called Akron I Promise. Its goal is to help local youth in a variety of ways in return for fulfilling school attendance and grade requirements.

In 2015, Akron I Promise announced it will be sponsoring scholarships to the University of Akron – at about $40,000 per child – for every current elementary and middle school student in the Akron public school system that meets LeBron’s requirements. It is estimated that as many as 2,300 children will receive the scholarships.

NBA players associated with UNICEF

Second among favorite charities for NBA players, and especially a favorite of players with foreign backgrounds, is the United Nations Children’s Fund, otherwise known as UNICEF.

Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Pau Gasol (Spain), Serge Ibaka (born in DRC, moved to Spain at age 17), Samuel Dalembert (born in Haiti, moved to Canada at age 14), and Kyrie Irving (Australia) all choose to make UNICEF their charity priority.

UNICEF is the outreach and support arm of the United Nations General Assembly, with a mission to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs, and to expand their opportunities to reach full potential. Since its creation in 1946 post–World War II, UNICEF has aimed to provide food and shelter for the most disadvantaged children victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty while promoting equal rights for women and minority groups.

Perhaps the most unique collaboration between NBA Cares and UNICEF is “Nothing But Nets,” a program founded in 2006 to combat malaria worldwide. Since then, they’ve raised more than $56 million to help deliver more than 9 million bed nets. For a 2015 event, Stephen Curry made a trip to Tanzania to donate 38,000 bed-nets at a refugee camp.

In addition to Nothing But Nets, NBA Cares and UNICEF sponsor basketball and life-skills camps around the world through a program called Basketball Without Borders.

Athletes With a Diverse Charity Profile

Current and former NBA athletes associated with the most charities

A lot of athletes, with constant requests coming at them from all angles, choose to spread the love and give to more charities in a year than most do in a lifetime.

GOAT Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, uses his legend (and his legendary wealth) to support 14 different charities, topping fellow retirees Steve Nash (12) and Magic Johnson (10) in the double-digit charity club.

Another retired legend, Dikembe Mutombo, has often been named the most generous athlete in the world. Mutombo has donated more than $30 million since becoming an NBA legend – he’s built an entire hospital in the DRC, paid for the flights of the DRC women’s basketball and track teams for the Atlanta Olympic Games, and initiated plans to build a school in the DRC. He also bought the track team’s uniforms.

Even the Round Mound of Rebound, Charles Barkley (supporting seven different charities), changed his tune on being a role model when his NBA career was all said and done.

In fact, there must be some extra empathy in the Hall of Famer retirement home water: Of the top 10 players associated with multiple charities, 8 have plaques in (or are likely locks to get in) Springfield, Massachusetts, and all 10 are retired.

NBA Cares Initiatives

On the league level, NBA Cares works with internationally recognized programs that support youth education, families, and health care, including Reading Is Fundamental, Habitat for Humanity, Charities Aid Foundation, Feed the Children, and many others.

In 2016, NBA Cares’ focus is on Flint, Michigan, water relief efforts, My Brother’s Keeper (President Obama’s 2014 program), and a successful NBA All-Star Day of Service.

Methodology

Using data from looktothestars.org, we analyzed which charities and athletes were associated with each other to see which causes athletes cared about the most.

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Frugal NBA Athletes

Frugal NBA Athletes

Signing an NBA contract is a huge milestone in an athlete’s life – one that often comes with a large paycheck. While the increase in income might not sound like an issue to most, athletes can often find the shift challenging to manage. It becomes far too easy to spend frugally on luxury items while leaving little available for post-career living expenses.

That’s what makes the following six NBA players special: Instead of spending their newfound wealth on yachts and huge entourages, they’re taking advantage of smart money management and investing or storing funds for the future.

Frugal NBA Role Models

4 NBA ballers that save money

Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs

The 35-year-old NBA center makes millions of dollars each season, but Bonner still likes to use public transportation and less expensive automobiles (like his Chevy Impala). Bonner once chose to wear New Balance sneakers simply because they were less expensive than Nike or Adidas. He eventually signed a contract with Adidas, which means he receives free shoes. What’s more frugal than that?

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

New York’s prized player has an estimated net worth of $85 million as a fixture on one of the country’s most prominent teams. Anthony still cuts coupons from the Sunday newspaper despite his large salary, which he attributes to his humble roots. And while his ride is a customized Jeep Wrangler, it’s relatively less lavish than what a multimillionaire might ordinarily choose.

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Matt Bonner’s Spurs teammate, Kawhi Leonard, seems to relish his thrifty lifestyle choices. Leonard was named the NBA Finals MVP in 2014 and captured the Defensive Player of the Year title in 2015. But despite his clear path to stardom, he doesn’t live as glamorously as most would expect. Leonard spends summers in a two-bedroom apartment, where he hangs a mini basketball hoop from the door for fun. He often drives a refurbished 1997 Chevy Malibu with a Blue Book value of about $1,500.  And even though he reportedly has a fancier vehicle, he says the Malibu gets better gas mileage.

Trey Burke, Utah Jazz

Trey Burke might power a Porsche down the streets (a car he bought with his $2.5 million salary), but he regularly sticks to a monthly budget of $5,000. Burke’s family initially hired a management firm to help walk him through the challenges of being newly wealthy. So far, his plans have paid off. He hopes to save most of his salary while living on endorsement deals during his athletic career.

Honorable Mentions

Jeff Foster, (Formerly) Indiana Pacers

In addition to playing basketball, Foster concentrated on academics in high school – which may have served him well in relation to his net worth of $22 million. The former Indiana Pacers athlete worked hard to invest and save nearly three-quarters of his take-home pay. He even sold his Porsche during the NBA lockout.

DeShawn Stevenson, (Formerly) Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz, among others

Boasting a net worth of $10 million, Stevenson set up a pretty unique money-making enterprise right in his home: He installed an ATM machine that allows his friends to withdraw cash at their convenience but charges a $4.50 fee on each transaction.

A Lesson to Learn

New and current NBA players should look up to these six players for inspiration as they manage their wealth. Though it sounds like a fun problem to have, overspending can easily become an issue when experience in money management is lacking.

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Unbreakable NBA Records

Unbreakable NBA Records

Records are made to be broken. After all, we just witnessed history as the Golden State Warriors topped the Bulls’ seemingly unbreakable overall win record, which had stood for a solid 20 years. Nobody dreamed that a 73-win season would ever happen, but it did.

Some NBA players, though, have set the bar so high and entrenched their spot in the record books so firmly it’s impossible to envision any new record holders taking their place. Here are the best of the best NBA records, which may never be topped.

Hitting That Century Mark

NBA Records - Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game

On an ordinary night in 1962, Wilt Chamberlain suited up for the Philadelphia Warriors and proceeded to completely destroy the record for most points scored in a single game (which he himself had set just a few months earlier). In the 50-plus years since, nobody has even come close to touching Chamberlain’s mind-boggling 100-point mark. The second-place record, set at 81 by Kobe Bryant in 2006, is considered a huge feat in and of itself.

While scoring more than 60 points in a game was almost routine for Chamberlain, it’s a pretty rare accomplishment. The Big Dipper managed to scrounge 60 or more points an astounding 32 times. But the record books pretty much fall off at that point, with most players only managing to attain it once.

From the Foul Line

NBA Records - Jose Calderon's Free-Throw Percentage

Not all NBA players excel at hitting free throws. Even record-breaking Chamberlain was notoriously not so great at it, attaining an overall career record of just 51.1% of his free throws.

Some guys are really good at it, including current Knicks player José Calderón. During the 2008-2009 season, he hit a crazy 151 out of 154 free throws for Toronto, notching him a No. 1 spot in the free-throw record books at 98.1%. Calvin Murphy attained the No. 2 spot back in the early ’80s; he clocked in at 95.8% when he played for the Rockets during the 1980-1981 season.

Stephen Curry also just slammed through the record for 3-pointers scored in a season, making 402 at 45.4%. He did the same last year and the year before. Who’s to say he won’t do it again next year? For the record, Curry hit the 93.4% mark for free throws during the 2010-2011 NBA season.

Calderón’s free-throw percentage, however, is probably going to stand the test of time. Sinking 151 out of 154 free throws is almost too superhuman a feat to repeat, much less beat.

Here Comes the Iron Man

NBA Records - The Iron Man: A.C. Green

It’s difficult to play a streak of consecutive games in the NBA. With 82 games in a season, it’s hard to fathom a player not getting sick, or injured, or missing a game for any reason. The current record holder for this singular achievement is one A.C. Green, who had snapped up the previous streak record of 906 games in 1997. He then went on to rack up a total of 1,192 consecutive games between 1986 and 2001.

It’s not looking likely that anyone will overtake this outstanding record. The current contender, Cavs forward Tristan Thompson, is holding steady at 370 consecutive regular season games. That’s pretty hard to top, but it doesn’t even come close to Green’s mammoth record, which will probably never be beat.

Steadfast Records

NBA records can and do fall. Sure, a 74-win season sounds completely impossible, but so did a 73-win season. But these unbreakable records are in another category altogether. Perhaps, in another few decades, this year’s historic win record will teeter and fall. But these select superhuman performances are on the record books to stay.

Want to channel some of that winning magic? Try to break your own records with gear from Fanatics.com, from Chamberlain’s jerseys to Calderón’s.

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Kobe vs. Curry: A Race Around the World

Kobe Bryant has long ruled the NBA’s booming global market, which is being felt more than ever throughout his legendary retirement. Spending much of his childhood in Italy and making trips to China every offseason, Bryant’s worldwide pull is no surprise – but the numbers will still shock you.

A whopping 20 percent of Bryant’s total sales throughout April on Fanatics.com have come from outside the United States. Nearly half of that is from China and Hong Kong, the latter of which is Kobe’s second-most popular market behind Los Angeles.

Check out all the countries Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry have sold to in April 2016.
Countries Kobe Bryant (purple) and Stephen Curry (blue) have sold to in April 2016 on Fanatics.com.

April provides the perfect opportunity to compare the Black Mamba’s global reach with Stephen Curry, basketball’s new dominant force whose Golden State Warriors just broke 73 wins. In April sales, the Los Angeles Lakers star sold products in 87 different countries, just barely edging out Curry’s 86. The Black Mamba holds a decided edge in Asia and Europe, but Curry has a slightly larger reach in South America and Africa.

While their global maps cover much of the same territory, Kobe made sales in Thailand, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Curry beat out Kobe by selling products in Peru, Guyana, Kenya, Greece and Cambodia. Global reach, indeed.

Even with MLB’s Opening Day this month, Bryant absolutely dominated China’s overall sales. Kobe Bryant products alone have accounted for more than 38 percent of China’s total sales on Fanatics.com throughout April.

As LeBron James once said during Team USA’s 2008 trip to the Beijing Olympics, “I thought I was famous until I got here with Kobe.”

Thank you Guangzhou #rise #muse

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Curry’s international breadth is growing along with his game. His sales in April have accounted for 12 percent of overall Stephen Curry merchandise sold on Fanatics.com, with our neighbors up north in Canada (where Curry spent three years as a teenager while father Dell Curry played for the Toronto Raptors) and friends down under in Australia as his top-selling countries outside the USA.

For an American player whose total merchandise sales on Fanatics.com are up more than 300 percent this season compared to last year’s MVP run, such a large chunk of sales outside the U.S. just might put him in line to be basketball’s next premier global icon.

Nobody will replace the global footprint that Kobe Bryant left on the game of basketball. And like many legends, his merchandise will continue to sell long after he hangs his sneakers up for good. But novelty breeds excitement, and the euphoria surrounding Curry has reached far beyond America’s borders.

Given the NBA’s continued investment in their global brand, Curry’s growing popularity abroad should only continue as he keeps breaking records.

#RoarBacon Because Everything is Better with Bacon

From an innocent social media typo to Roar Bacon T-shirts, you really can’t make up the story of how the St. Louis Blues’ new motto has galvanized a “hungry” fan base.

Back on November 4, the St. Louis Blues mounted a furious 6-5 road comeback in overtime over the Chicago Blackhawks in the rivals’ first meeting of the season. The Blues’ Instagram account wanted to alert their followers that the team had “roared back.” Their phone’s autocorrect feature had other ideas, and the hashtag began nationally trending – Roar Bacon was born.

Well that was something. #OurBlues roar bacon with three second-period goals to tie the game 5-5. #STLvsCHI

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So Blues fans would have their fun, make some memes and move on, right? Not quite.

From a pig’s visit to the Blues locker room to Roar Bacon-themed menu items at home games, the Blues kept riding the wave of #RoarBacon – and the team kept responding. When the Blues battled back in Chicago on Sunday in a 3-2 win to take a 2-1 series lead in their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs matchup, it marked the Blues’ third road comeback over the Blackhawks this season – the third chapter in the Roar Bacon saga.

So Roar Bacon is more than just a funny motto – it’s a rallying cry that defines the composure these Blues need to eliminate the Stanley Cup champions and make a run at the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. And if we know anything about St. Louis-Chicago rivalries, there’s no other team that the Notes would rather beat on their way to it.

After going viral early in the season, #RoarBacon has been channeled more and more by Blues fans during the playoffs. The postseason’s first week saw more than 900K impressions on Twitter for the delicious hashtag and around 640K alone during Sunday’s Game 3 comeback.

Roar Bacon tweets

Source: Sample data from Keyhole.co

Social media celebrities are taking notice, with ESPN’s Darren Rovell showing off the new Roar Bacon T-Shirt on Fanatics:

After it tapered off following November, it’s no surprise to see the uptick in search popularity for the term Roar Bacon as the Blues show their grit again in these playoffs.

Roar Bacon isn’t completely precluded to the land of The Gateway Arch. Among the 13.5K Google searches made for the motto in November, well over half came from outside the St. Louis area. So the #RoarBacon fever is spreading, and folks across the nation want to know its origin.

Call it sports’ most successful Internet typo if you want, or a quirky motto that induces stomach growling. But for the St. Louis Blues and their fans, Roar Bacon has evolved from an early season Internet trend into a motto that is defining their Stanley Cup run.

Roar Bacon t-shirts are for sale on Fanatics.com in LadiesMen & Kids sizes


Highlighting AT&T Park

Ballpark Spotlight of AT&T Park

The eight-time World Series Champions San Francisco Giants have called their current ballpark home since 2000. With its seating capacity of 41,503, there is plenty of room and tons of amenities for their fans. The Giants have shared their home field with a few other sports over the last decade and a half, and the stadium is used for other events on occasion (a bit of trivia: AT&T Park is where Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian). As with most sports teams, the Giants enjoy a substantial hometown advantage when they take the field on game day.

Collecting Those Wins at Home

Hometown advantage of the Giants at AT&T park

When the Giants amble onto the field at AT&T Park, they know that the odds are in their favor more than when they play away games. Their win percentage at their home park is over 55 percent, which is better than their overall win percentage of around 53 percent over 133 years of play.

Fans hoping to catch their team winning a game have plenty of choices for seating around the park, including a ton of luxury seating options. In addition to traditional suites, patrons can sit in what’s known as Triples Alley, after staff escorts them along the warning track 30 minutes prior to game time. All fans can enjoy statues of famous players scattered throughout the park.

Runs for the Home Team

Average runs scored at AT&T park

The Giants also tend to score more points at home than their opponents do when looking at averages over the course of the last 16 seasons they’ve called AT&T Park home. Their average runs scored sits at a little over 4.26, while the average runs allowed holds at 3.96 per game. While it may not seem like a huge run differential, those averages do add up to more success at home.

This is good news for Giants fans, who have a few ways of getting to the park, including by car, taxi, or public transit. Those getting a workout of their own as they commute to a game on bike can take advantage of the park’s secure biking facility. There is also an abundance of food vendors on site, and PETA has designated AT&T Park as the most vegetarian-friendly MLB park in 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2014.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

San Francisco Giants game attendance since 1890

The San Francisco Giants baseball team did not start out in San Francisco, nor did they start out as the Giants – the first inception of the team could be found in New York, where they played under the name the New York Gothams for the first two years. They were called the New York Giants from 1885 to 1957. The team relocated to San Francisco for the 1958 season, and while their home field has changed locations and names over the years, they’ve remained a San Fran staple since.

Their current home field opened for the 2000 season as the first privately financed ballpark in the majors since 1962, and attendance grew sharply after the team settled into (what was then known as) Pacific Bell Park. The stadium has undergone two name changes since, and the team boasts an average attendance of 39,499 and a season win percentage average of 51.07 at their newest digs.

In addition to the obvious allure of seeing their favorite team take the field, fans at AT&T Park have plenty to do on game day. The locale has several unique features, such as gigantic slides linked to a huge Coca-Cola bottle, a 26-foot-high baseball glove, Little Giants Park for young fans, and of course, the foghorn that blares after each home run and win. An interesting feature is the distance from home plate to fans in the first row of seats – at 48 feet, these fans are closer to the plate than the pitcher is.

AT&T Park Is Tops

While AT&T Park provides an amazing home field advantage for its anchor tenant, the park also gives Giants fans a host of ways to enhance and enjoy their game-day experience: from different seating options and amenities to safety and security.

For all your San Francisco Giants gear needs – from jerseys and hats to hoodies and more – check out Fanatics.com.

Methodology

Using Baseball-Reference.com, we looked at the winning percentage, runs scored, and home attendance of the San Francisco Giants and focused on their time playing at AT&T Park.

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