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WhiteSoxFan84
04-29-2006, 03:33 PM
Last week's poll (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=70038) was a success and you voted "Cy Young's 511 Career Wins" as the Most Impressive Career/Single Season Record in Baseball History. That option received 42% (60/144) of the total votes. In second was "Nolan Ryan's 7 Career No-Hitters" which received 22% (32) of the votes.

This week we will focus on the Most Impressive Individual Streak in Baseball History. Here are your choices...

- Cal Ripken's 2,632 Consecutive Games Played
- Joe DiMaggio's 56-game Hit Streak
- Orel Herisher's 59 Consecutive Scoreless IP
- Griffey, Jr./D. Mattingly/D. Long's 8 Consecutive Games w/ HR
- Ted Williams' 16 Consecutive Times Reaching Base
- Walt Dropo's 12 Consecutive At-Bats w/ Hit
- Tom Seaver's 10 Consecutive Batters Struck Out
- Other (Please Be Specific In Posts)

JohnBasedowYoda
04-29-2006, 04:04 PM
I voted for Cal.

viagracat
04-29-2006, 04:54 PM
Di Maggio's 56-game hitting streak is the mother of all baseball records. No one's gotten close since. Rose still had a ways to go when he had that 44-gamer, and no one's done even that since.

PAPChiSox729
04-29-2006, 05:18 PM
I voted for Ripken. I don't see how a player could go 20 seasons without missing a day. Amazing!

fquaye149
04-29-2006, 06:20 PM
I voted for Ripken. I don't see how a player could go 20 seasons without missing a day. Amazing!

Sure, that's a great streak. I don't mean to play it down (well I guess I do compared to some of the feats on this list) but for God's sake: DiMaggio hit in 56 straight games and Hershiser pitched more than 6 games worth of innings without giving up a run...

Not that it's not very admirable that Ripken was tough enough to play 20 years of baseball...but honestly...I'm sorry but to me that's the "Rudy" of streaks - the one that anyone could honestly do if they really wanted it that badly...notice how for most players the decision to get a day off isn't even theirs, for instance... Not to say Ripken didn't EARN the right to start every day.

At any rate, I voted for DiMaggio's streak since it's almost certain to stand for longer than any other feat that actually has to do with ACHIEVEMENT on a baseball field

TornLabrum
04-29-2006, 07:15 PM
DiMaggio. No one has ever come close, before OR after, and he followed it up with another streak after that!

MrRoboto83
04-29-2006, 07:17 PM
DiMaggio. No one has ever come close, before OR after, and he followed it up with another streak after that!

I think DiMaggios streak will be broken before Cal's will.

TornLabrum
04-29-2006, 07:34 PM
I think DiMaggios streak will be broken before Cal's will.

You're on.

Layla
04-29-2006, 07:45 PM
DiMaggio.

soxfan26
04-29-2006, 07:49 PM
They don't call it "The Streak" for nothing. Dimaggio gets my vote.

D. TODD
04-29-2006, 08:37 PM
"joltin Joe"

SouthSide_HitMen
04-29-2006, 08:57 PM
DiMaggio. No one has ever come close, before OR after, and he followed it up with another streak after that!

:smile: :cool: :) :cheers: :sunshine: :yup: :worship: :Rocker: :moonwalk:

Optipessimism
04-30-2006, 01:04 AM
You're on.

I would bet that every poster on this site will be dead before either of those records are broken. That said, Ripken's streak will break first.

buehrle4cy05
04-30-2006, 01:18 AM
I used to pitch, and going 59 innings without allowing a run is incredible. That's just 4 innings less than 7 complete game starts. Over the course of that period, stuff usually bloops in, a player runs into a pitch for a homer, or something weird will happen that will lead to scoring a run. You have to be flat-out filthy for more than a month (starting every 5 days) and get a little luck to pitch nearly 60 consecutive innings of scoreless ball.

itsnotrequired
04-30-2006, 01:18 AM
I voted for Cal. Joe's streak is certainly amazing but I think it has a better chance of falling before Cal's streak. I mean, how many players even play for 20 years? Heck, how many play for 10? Orel's streak is also up there.

Cal's streak is "utilitarian" and doesn't have the glory of the other streaks. Day in, day out Cal was the man.

elrod
04-30-2006, 01:48 AM
Cal's streak was amazing because of the WAY he played. Cal Ripken didn't just show up and get one at-bat, or dog it just to keep the streak going. He went hard every play. The amazing thing is that Cal Ripken could have gone even further - he sat himself just because he had become such a distraction for the team. Interestingly, ever since Cal's streak ended, the Orioles have not come anywhere near a winning season. Maybe he wasn't such a distraction after all.

PKalltheway
04-30-2006, 03:11 AM
I would have to go with Joe DiMaggio's streak. Nobody's gonna break that record. Every time you think somebody may have a chance, they fall short somewhere in the low to mid 30's, which is still a damn good streak anyway! One glaring omission in this poll though. Where is Eric Gagne's 84 consecutive saves streak? That's a pretty impressive streak too!:cool:

WhiteSoxFan84
04-30-2006, 04:12 AM
Where is Eric Gagne's 84 consecutive saves streak? That's a pretty impressive streak too!:cool:

That's the one I forgot! But I don't think it would have won. Not a lot of people, especially most of the old school/traditionalist, respect the whole "save" concept all that much. One thing I like about that streak though is how long it lasted, 84 games, niceee :cool:

viagracat
04-30-2006, 11:51 AM
Where is Eric Gagne's 84 consecutive saves streak? That's a pretty impressive streak too!:cool:

Very true. It probably should've been included in the poll. I'd be willing to bet that this record will be safe for quite awhile. Some outings credited as saves, though, are pretty bogus and it would be pretty easy to extend a streak should someone threaten Gagne's record. You could pitch to one batter with no one on and a three run lead to finish a game and get credit for a save. You don't get extra at-bats in a game just to get a chance to extend a hitting streak.

voodoochile
04-30-2006, 12:03 PM
I used to pitch, and going 59 innings without allowing a run is incredible. That's just 4 innings less than 7 complete game starts. Over the course of that period, stuff usually bloops in, a player runs into a pitch for a homer, or something weird will happen that will lead to scoring a run. You have to be flat-out filthy for more than a month (starting every 5 days) and get a little luck to pitch nearly 60 consecutive innings of scoreless ball.

Yeah, but he beat a the old streak by one-inning by going 10 innings in his last start of the season. The Dodgers dutifully obliged by getting shutout themselves for 9 innings before scoring in the 10th so he could get the record.

Still, it's a streak that will eventually go down when some future HOF pitcher gets on a hot streak and starts putting up zeros.

Cal will eventually fall too because eventually someone will get close and the team will do whatever it takes to keep it alive for the publicity and money it will generate. It's not like hitting or pitching which depend on the other team to "cooperate".

Heck, Gehrig's streak, which Cal broke, was kept alive several times by having Lou leadoff the first inning in a road game and promptly grab some bench after the AB, even requiring the team to put in a PR for him when he reached base. Ripken's streak is a lot more intimidating because he went several seasons in a row during it where he played ever inning of every game or some ridiculous portion there of.


DiMaggio's streak will last forever. I just don't see it ever being broken and that is how I voted.

TommyJohn
04-30-2006, 12:24 PM
I voted other. There is a streak that goes all the way back to the dead ball
era that is long forgotten, but shouldn't be. If you ask me it is a streak even
more unbreakable than DiMaggio's streak. I am talking about pitcher Jack
Taylor, who from 1901-06 pitched 187 straight complete games. Granted
it was the dead ball era, lots of things were different, including pitching
mechanics. Still, not even contemporaries like Iron Man McGinnity or Ed
Walsh are close to that. So that to me is impressive.

One irony is that Taylor was at times suspected of being crooked. The
Cubs traded him after the 1903 season because the Cub owner suspected
him of throwing games to the White Sox in that year's City Series. He even
publicly accused Taylor, who in turn threatened to sue him. Nothing was
ever proven, though.

I'd say that unless someone invents a robot pitcher, Taylor's record is
safe for all time.

gobears1987
04-30-2006, 12:32 PM
Dimaggio's streak will eventuall be broken, but Star Trek has said it won't happen until 2038. :D: (Seriously, they do say that)

TommyJohn
04-30-2006, 01:39 PM
Dimaggio's streak will eventuall be broken, but Star Trek has said it won't happen until 2038. :D: (Seriously, they do say that)

Who breaks it? A human or a Klingon?

VenturaSoxFan23
05-01-2006, 01:54 PM
Ripken's games played streak is impressive if you look at the fact that he had over 8,000 consecutive innings played. (The record isn't official, but the man was usually out there.)

viagracat
05-01-2006, 02:02 PM
Dimaggio's streak will eventuall be broken, but Star Trek has said it won't happen until 2038. :D: (Seriously, they do say that)

Who's "they"?:o:

churlish
05-01-2006, 05:13 PM
Joe DiMaggio's record is the most impressive. A player can smash the ball all four at-bats and still come away with nothing. It speaks volumes when a player starts getting in to the 25-game range, and people start talking about potentially breaking DiMaggio's record even though they haven't even made it HALF way there. It's still unbelievable.

Chips
05-01-2006, 07:55 PM
Orel's streak of shutout ball. 59 straight innings without a run. That's tops in my book.

DiMaggios's is right up there with Orel's, you can't really compare the two, pitchers do their thing and hitters do their.

ILuvThatDuck
05-02-2006, 10:45 AM
1) 56 game hit streak
2) 59 innings no runs
3) Cal Ripken

mccoydp
05-02-2006, 10:56 AM
Joltin' Joe's, for sure.

Uncle_Patrick
05-02-2006, 11:03 AM
I voted for DiMaggio. Orel's streak would be a close second.

ILuvThatDuck
05-02-2006, 12:58 PM
66 years ago today Lou Gerhig consecutive game streak was stopped by himself.