Baseball’s five amazing single-season records that will never be broken

Well, I guess we should say, records that most likely won't be broken. But, that headline wouldn't be as compelling now would it?

Huff Duffy, pictured in 1912, went on to become a manager after he set his amazing hitting record.
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As with all older records, we need to refrain from jawboning about how times were different and the rules weren't the same. All players in the eras to be mentioned lived in the same baseball atmospheres, regardless of what leagues they played in, but only the men noted below accomplished what they did. That accurate preview will satisfy all rational minds.

Of course there are many records that are likely to never be broken. But, the pitcher is on the mound, a runner is on base and the batter is at the plate. So, let's just look at these five.

Amazing record #5: Runs scored

The Philadelphia Phillies once had a player score almost 200 runs in a season. Doing so certainly helped Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Hamilton to earn the nickname 'Sliding Billy'.

During the 1894 season Hamilton scored 198 runs in 132 games.

The next closest player to him on the all-time list is Boston Reds outfielder Tom Brown, who scored 177 runs in 1891. In 1931, New York Yankee Hall of Famer Babe Ruth scored the same amount, which tied with Brown for second place.

Amazing record #4: Most pitching wins in one season

In 1884, Providence Grays Hall of Fame pitcher Charles 'Old Hoss' Radbourn went 59-12. He did that over the course of 678 2/3 innings.

We also must add that in the prior season, he went 48-25, which meant that Radbourn won 107 games in two seasons.

Amazing record #3: Errors committed

In 1892, Boston Beaneaters 'fielder' Herman Long committed 99 errors at shortstop and 3 errors in the outfield during the course of 151 games.

He returned in 1893 to commit another 98 errors at shortstop and 2 errors at second base.

Amazing record #2: Complete games

Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Will White started and completed 75 games in 1879.

He threw 680 innings that season, had a record of 43-31 and posted a 1.99 ERA.

White completed more than 50 games in four other seasons and more than 60 in one other season.

Amazing record #1: Batting average

In 1894 Boston Beaneaters Hall of Fame outfielder Hugh Duffy had a .440 batting average.

In 125 games 'Sir Hugh' had 237 hits in 539 at bats. Duffy's .363 average in the prior season was the closest that he ever came to that unbelievable mark during his 17-year career.

After earning a Communications degree from Penn State in 1990, I started my career in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons front office. At that time they were the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A farm team. Read my Sports Blog: Insight and follow me on Twitter @ SeanyOB

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Updated Monday, Aug 15, 2011