The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


July 30, 2007

Slugger Bonds’ record-to-be will be broken in time

OK, you have a right to be upset when you think of Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron’s all-time career home run record.

When Bonds hits No. 756, it will give him maybe the most cherished record not only in baseball but perhaps sports as well.

But someday someone will break Bonds’ record. This record is not unbreakable like some records in baseball.

Here are some of the records that never will be broken in baseball.

• Cy Young’s 511 career wins. Think about this: A pitcher could have 25 20-win seasons or 20 25-win seasons and still be 11 victories away. With baseball going to five-man rotations, 300 victories will be a lifetime achievement.

• Jack Chesbro’s 41 wins for the then-New York Highlanders in 1904. Chesbro started 51 games that year and threw 48 complete games.

• Cal Ripken Jr. playing in 2,632 consecutive games. It’s rare when a player plays every game of a 162-game season. Few had the work ethic of Ripken.

• Bonds’ 73 home runs in a season. Enough said about that or Mark McGwire’s 70. Roger Maris’ 61 home runs might stand as the American League record for a long time.

• Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. That was before relief specialists, West Coast trips, black and Latin players and ESPN. Pete Rose came close in 1978 with 44 games. He might have had the savvy and ego to handle the media pressure that goes with such a streak.

• Rose’s career hit total of 4,256. He may not have passed Ty Cobb had he not been named player-manager of the Cincinnati Reds in August 1984. Is there a player with a burning desire and the ego to hang around long enough to break such a record?

• Rogers Hornsby’s .424 batting average in 1924. It’s doubtful anyone is going to hit .400, much less 24 points above that.

• Hack Wilson’s 190 RBI for the Chicago Cubs in 1930. It was a different game back then. In that season alone, Lou Gehrig had 174 RBI, Jimmie Foxx 156 and Cleveland’s Ed Morgan 136.

• Ty Cobb’s .367 career batting average. The man may have been the most-hated player of his generation but, boy, could he hit.

Campbell is a News & Eagle sports writer.

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