Record-Breaking Numbers

The first baseball team to wear numbers was the New York Yankees, in 1929. The numbers represented their batting order.

  • 4 Roger Bannister ran a 3:59:4-minute mile, the first under four minutes, in England, on May 6, 1954.
  • 5 Rick Swenson won the Iditarod five times. The Iditarod is a 1,200-mile dog sled race over ice and snow from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.
  • 6 Jack Nicklaus, from Ohio, is the only golfer to win the Masters Tournament six times.
  • 7 Flamethrowing pitcher Nolan Ryan threw seven no-hitters during his career.
  • 7 Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in swimming for the U.S. in the 1972 Olympics, the most ever won by a single competitor in one Olympic competition.
  • 9 Martina Navratilova was the first to win the women's singles tennis title at Wimbledon nine times.
  • 10 Nadia Comaneci of Romania was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 in Olympic competition, in 1976, at age 15. She had a perfect score seven times.
  • 12 In 1997, Tiger Woods won the Masters golf tournament by an all-time record 12 strokes.
  • 16 Cigar won 16 horse races in a row from 1994-96, tying Citation's record set in 1950.
  • 26 Marshall Faulk, a running back for the St. Louis Rams, holds the record for the most touchdowns in a season: 26 in 2000.
  • 56 Joe DiMaggio, of the New York Yankees, had at least one hit in 56 consecutive games in 1941.
  • 63 New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey set a record by booting a 63-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions in 1970. Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam tied the mark in 1998.
  • 73 In 2001, San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs, breaking Mark McGwire's record of 70, set in 1998.
  • 92 Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers, scored 92 goals during the 1981-82 hockey season.
  • 100 Philadelphia basketball center Wilt Chamberlain scored a whopping 100 points against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.
  • 383 Nolan Ryan, of the California Angels, stuck out a record 383 batters in 1973.
  • 755 Hank Aaron, of the Atlanta Braves, hit 755 home runs during his baseball career.
  • 2,105 Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson rushed for 2,105 yards in 1984.
  • 2,632 Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles, played 2,632 consecutive games during 1982–1996, breaking Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130.

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