Nearly Unbreakable: A look at some of the greatest streaks in sports history – New York Daily News

We’re going streaking.

Whether it’s a team winning several games in a row or an athlete finding a way to get on the score sheet every night, streaks in sports are some of the hardest accomplishments to achieve. Many try, but few are able to string together feats to make the record books or put their permanent stamp on history.

In light of the Indians’ 22-game winning streak surpassing the Oakland A’s American League record of 20 consecutive victories, here’s a look at some of the greatest streaks in sports history.

Cal Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive starts

We now live in a sports world where it’s an accomplishment just for an athlete to make it through a season without being injured and actually starting each game. Cal Ripkin earned the nickname “The Iron Man” after starting in 2,632 straight games for the Orioles between 1982 and 1998.

Ripkin broke the record on Sept. 6, 1995 when he appeared in his 2,131st game, passing Lou Gehrig on the all-time list. He’d only go on to extend the streak from there until he voluntarily snapped it at 2,632 games after 17 years in 1998.

Wayne Gretzky 51 consecutive game scoring streak

They don’t call him “The Great One” for nothing.

Wayne Gretzky is all over the NHL record books, but one of his most impressive feats from his playing days was the 51-game point streak he put together during the 1983-84 season.

The 51-game mark is viewed as one of the most unbreakable records in sports, with no one recently coming anywhere close to reaching the mark. Mario Lemieux is the only player to get anywhere in the same neighborhood as Gretzky when he put together a 46 game streak in the 1989-1990 season.

Brett Favre 297 consecutive starts

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Brett Favre has the NFL record for consecutive starts with 297.


Football is a violent game filled with injuries, yet Brett Favre found a way to stay on the field throughout most of his career.

The Hall of Fame quarterback started in 297 straight games from 1992-2010. His streak came to an end in December 2010 when he was marked inactive for a game against the Giants due to a sprained shoulder.

Peyton Manning is the next person closest to Favre with 208 straight starts but that ended in 2011.

With the way the game is today, Favre’s record will likely never be broken. The best candidates to make a run for it are Giants quarterback Eli Manning (171 straight starts) and Chargers QB Philip Rivers (148 straight starts.)

Celtics win eight straight NBA titles

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Bill Russell won 11 NBA Championships with the Celtics during his playing days in Boston.


As if winning back-to-back titles wasn’t hard enough, the Celtics somehow stringed together a streak of eight straight NBA Championships from 1959-1966.

The Celtics were led by NBA legend Bill Russell during this time, in what could arguably be considered the greatest dynasty in the history of sports. The Lakers came close to knocking them off multiple times in the ’60s, but it was the Celtics who always wound up with the hardware in the end.

Although their streak came to an end at eight in a row, Russell would walk away from the game after winning a league record 11 NBA titles in Boston.

Joe DiMaggio 56 game hitting streak


Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak record may never be broken.

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Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting hit streak of 56 games is a mark that may have been chased, but none have been able to top. It’s likely no one ever will.

The Yankees slugger broke Willie Keeler’s record of 45 straight games with at least one base hit during the 1941 season when he did it in 56 consecutive games.

Since DiMaggio set the new mark, the closest anyone has gotten is Pete Rose, whose streak was stopped at 44 during the 1978 season.

Cubs 108 year streak of no World Series title

Not all streaks can be positive, just ask a Chicago Cubs fan.

Up until last year, the Cubs had the longest championship drought in sports after going without a title for over a century. The team seemed cursed after multiple collapses over 108 years, leaving many Cubs fans to live and die without seeing their beloved franchise win a World Series.

However, the 2016 Cubs righted the ship and brought a World Series Championship home for the first time since 1908. The team they beat in the 2016 World Series, the Cleveland Indians, now have the longest drought with their last title coming in 1948.

UConn Women’s Basketball wins 111 straight games

The UConn women’s basketball team won two NCAA Championships during their 111 game winning streak.

The UConn women’s basketball team won two NCAA Championships during their 111 game winning streak.

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The only basketball team to rival the dominance of the 1960s Celtics could be the UConn women’s basketball team.

After losing to Stanford in 2014, the Huskies went on a tear, winning the next 111 straight games. Their historic streak included two national championships in 2015 and 2016, which was part of four straight titles going back to 2013.

During the winning streak, only three games were decided by less than 10 points as the Huskies dominated almost every team put in front of them.

The consecutive games won came to a stop at 111 when the Huskies lost to Mississippi State in the Final Four on March 31.

Glenn Hall starts 502 games in a row for the Blackhawks

Former Blackhawks goalie Glenn Hall started 502 straight games for the Blackhawks in a streak that spanned over eight seasons.

Former Blackhawks goalie Glenn Hall started 502 straight games for the Blackhawks in a streak that spanned over eight seasons.

Cal Ripken owns the nickname of “The Iron Man,” but one could make the same argument for former Blackhawks goalie Glenn Hall.

Hall set the record for consecutive games started by a goaltender with 502 games during his time in Chicago. The streak lasted over eight seasons and didn’t even include postseason games he also appeared in.

This means that Hall faced down slapshots night after night without ever taking a game off or letting the backup goalie get a start.

Goalies in the current NHL rarely ever play a full season anymore, so it’s unlikely Hall’s record will ever be broken.

Richard Petty wins 10 NASCAR races in a row


Richard Petty won 27 races in 1967, including 10 in a row.

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Richard Petty is the most successful racer in NASCAR history, so it should come as no surprise that he put together one of the most impressive streaks in sports.

Petty, who has won 200 races in his career, had one his best years in 1967 when the NASCAR driver won 27 races, including 10 in a row.

After that season, he earned the nickname “King Richard” following his dominance.

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