The Greatest Athletic Feats in History
Wayne Gretzky’s 215 Point Season
The Great One’s list of world records is as absurd as it is large. The most three-goal games (50), the most regular season goals (894), the most assists (1,963), and much, much more. As amazing as they all are, my personal favorite is the 215-point season marker that he put up as a member of the Edmonton Oilers during the 1985-86 season. Given the evolution of the sport of hockey, the shift in the rules and the ever-increasing size of the average goaltender, it’s safe to say that this record is all but untouchable.
Cal Ripken Jr.’s Iron Man Streak
Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken is the real-life equivalent to Iron Man. Don’t believe me? Than show me someone else who played 2,632 consecutive games (over 16 years) without calling in sick! A streak like that takes hard work, dedication, unbelievable consistency, and perhaps a little bit of luck. My hat goes off to Cal Ripken Jr. because this is another athletic feat that, for all intents and purposes, will never ever be broken.
Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 Point Game
The greatest single-game performance by a professional basketball player belongs to former Philadelphia Warriors legend Wilt Chamberlain. Easily one of the greatest individual achievements in the history of the sport, the game was never televised and as a result, there is no video documentation. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t proof. Audio recordings of the entire game can be found here. Other Chamberlain notables include two NBA Championships, 13 All-Star selections, the NBA assist record, and an NBA Finals MVP award.