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August 14, 2010

Best consistency streaks in sport

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 5:43 am

The streaks below reflect consistency rather than necessarily winning. The next best of its kind is also shown.

  • One of the most famous streaks in American sport is in Joe Dimaggio getting a base hit in 56 consecutive games in 1941. (The next best is 45.)
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. played an astonishing 2632 consecutive games of major league baseball between 1982 and 1998. (The next best is 2130 and the best in modern times is 1152.)
  • Brett Favre has the record for the most consecutive starts by a non-kicker – 307 including playoff games – dating back to 1992. (The next best is 282.)  This is more impressive when you consider he is a quarterback. After Peyton Manning with 210 the next best such streak by a starting quarterback is 128.
  • Quarterback Johnny Unitas had 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass between 1956 and 1960. (The next best is 36.)
  • Tiger Woods made the cut in 142 straight professional golf tournaments (i.e. was roughly in the top half at the midway point) from 1998 to 2005. (The next best is 113.) Note that 31 of the 142 tournaments did not have a cut.
  • In test cricket Alan Border played his last 153 matches consecutively from 1979 to 1994. (The next best is 107.)
  • In Australian Rules football (AFL) Jim Stynes played in 244 consecutive games between 1987 and 1998. (The next best is 226.)
  • Roger Federer reached the semi finals or better in 23 consecutive tennis grand slam tournaments between 2004 and 2010.  (The next best is 10.)
  • Chris Evert did the same in 34 consecutive grand slams that she played in between 1971 and 1983. (The next best is 18.) She also reached the US Open semi finals or better 16 consecutive times.
  • Rafael Nadal reached the quarter final or better in 21 consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, from 2008 to 2010. (The next best I could find is 11.)
  • A. C. Green played 1192 consecutive games of NBA basketball from 1986 to 2001. (The next best is 906.)
  • In the 1983/4 season Wayne Gretzky played 51 consecutive (ice) hockey games with a point (assist or goal). (The next best is 46.)
  • Micheal Williams shot 97 straight free throws in the NBA in 1993. (The next best is 78.)
  • Orel Hershiser pitched 60 straight scoreless innings from 1988 to 1989. (The next best is 58.)

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