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post #91 of 173
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post
Can we count climbing Everest?

I would count this. It's pretty hard from what I hear.
post #92 of 173
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Originally Posted by Dakota rube View Post
I think a 300 game is more common than one would guess.
not in duckpin bowling (there has never ever been an official 300 in duckpin)... which is probably more fun than normal bowling. i remember watching Kids back in the day (mid to late 90's) and having that be a personal goal/game to achive in late high school into collage: fool/trick/seduce two (or more) virgins into sex in a 24hour period (but without the spreading of Aids/STDs/ect). i don't know if its an easier or harder task to pull off now.
post #93 of 173
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Originally Posted by legit View Post
I would count this. It's pretty hard from what I hear.

The success rate of climbing Everest is about 1 in 8.

The success rate of throwing a perfect game is 1 in 18,400.

(about 4100 Everest climbers per year; about 700 reach summit vs. 19 perfect games out of 346,000 MLB games all time)
post #94 of 173
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post
The success rate of climbing Everest is about 1 in 8. The success rate of throwing a perfect game is 1 in 18,400. (about 4100 Everest climbers per year; about 700 reach summit vs. 19 perfect games out of 346,000 MLB games all time)
Well done ! Do you have similar statistics on the Tennis and Golf grand slams?
post #95 of 173
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Originally Posted by legit View Post
I would count this. It's pretty hard from what I hear.


A few pages back I gave a nod to Reinhold Messner who had the only solo-ascent of Mt. Everest without oxygen in 1980. Thats pretty insane if you ask me.

Everest and other mountaineering feats regularly kill some of the best athletes in the world.
post #96 of 173
Yeah... for all of StephenHero's statistics, he did not mention # of deaths in Baseball Games
post #97 of 173
bonds's 1.4+ ops season
post #98 of 173
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post
Yeah... for all of StephenHero's statistics, he did not mention # of deaths in Baseball Games
Terrible quality, but do these count?
LL
post #99 of 173
Actually, nobody mentioned striking a seagull with either a fastball (Randy Johnson) or a Fly ball (I think that was Mookie Wilson - definitely a mid-late '80s Met).
post #100 of 173
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post
Actually, nobody mentioned striking a seagull with either a fastball (Randy Johnson) or a Fly ball (I think that was Mookie Wilson - definitely a mid-late '80s Met).

Fair point. Ken Caminiti some time in the late 90's too, with a hr/fly ball. Surely hopped up on coke or something.
post #101 of 173
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Sorry, mountain climbing isnt a sport, retards.

Activity. Hobby. Sure.

Competition. Sport. Uh, no.

Hard, yes. But not statistcally improbable like a perfect game or 8 points in 9 seconds.
post #102 of 173
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agreed on perfect game... Don Larsen was the only guy to do it for what 60 years?

I think you meant to say his perfect game in the '56 Series was the first in 60 years -- it was actually the first in 34 years -- but that's sort of an odd thing to point out in this context, considering there have been 13 perfect games since Larsen did it.

I'm not sure I'd necessarily define a perfect game as being "difficult" to accomplish, anyway. Obviously, you need to have a certain amount of skill to get 27 consecutive outs against major league hitters, but a lot of that is hugely dependent upon luck more so than skill or a degree of difficulty. Even if a pitcher gets, say, 10 strikeouts, he needs 17 balls in play to not sneak past his defense or fall in for a bloop hit or take a bad hop and bounce off his shortstop's glove. That's something a pitcher doesn't really have control over.

Also, anyone who thinks hitting a fastball is the hardest thing to do in sports is romanticizing baseball. I mean I'm as hardcore a fan as anyone, but come on. Higher your standards, people. If you have at least some athletic ability -- if you can swing a bat without tipping over -- you can do it with practice once you get the timing down. You can argue that it's hard to do; don't argue that it's the hardest thing to do, especially when compared to things like running a sub-4-minute mile or pole-vaulting 20 feet or landing a quad in figure skating or successfully completing a 4 somersault dive. These are things that only a handful of supreme athletes in the entire world can accomplish. My mailman Hal could hit a fastball if I threw him in the cage with a bat for 20 minutes.
post #103 of 173
winning le tour or 7 in a row.
post #104 of 173
I think we forgot the most obvious one, 57 game hitting streak. That's basically getting a hit for 1/3 of the season. Also, I only saw this once and I forgot who did it, but a broken bat home run.
post #105 of 173
Teixeira did it.

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