Top 10 Toughest Single Game Accomplishments in Sports


Don’t expect to see any of these
remarkable feats achieved very often. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks, for the top 10 individual accomplishments in sports. For this list, will be taking a look at the toughest
accomplishments an athlete can achieve, in a single game or match. That means records that occur over
the course of a season or a career, like winning the Triple Crown or hitting 500 homeruns, don’t count. Scoring a hole in one, otherwise known as an “ace”, is no easy task even for seasoned pros, as it requires an incredible
amount of strength and precision, not to mention, a whole lot of luck. In order to achieve a hole in one, a golfer must hit the ball from the tee, and have it land in the cup with a single stroke. Depending on the size of the course, the difficulty varies. As most holes in one are achieved on par 3 courses; aces on par 4 courses are extremely rare, and Andrew Magee is the only professional golfer, to officially achieve such a feat on the PGA Tour, during the 2001 Phoenix Open. Playing goaltender in hockey, or goalkeeper in football is hard enough, but to score a goal as a goalie or keeper, is on a WHOLE other level. In hockey, goalies tend to score when the
opposing team has an empty net, giving the goalie an opportunity to
sling shot the puck the length of the ice, and into the abandoned net. In NHL history, a goalie has only scored 14 times, in football, it’s even more rare, as a much greater distance separates the nets. In the English Premier League, keepers have only managed to score 4 times, and only once has it happened in the MLS. What’s more, a keeper has never scored
in the history of the World Cup. Many experts believed, that running a mile in four minutes
was beyond what the human body was capable of. Englishmen Roger Bannister disproved that theory, by running a mile in 3:59.4
(3 minutes 59.4 seconds) in 1954. Since then, many male athletes have been
able to run the mile in under four minutes, and it’s now considered the standard for professionals. Currently, Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj, who ran the mile in 3:43.13
(3 minutes 43.13 seconds) holds the record. However, no woman has yet been able to run a four-minute mile, with the fastest time ever being 4:12.56
(4 minutes 12.56 seconds), by Russia’s Svetlana Masterkova in 1996. But as was the case for male sprinters, it’s only a matter of time. While scoring three goals
in a hockey game is no easy task, scoring a hat trick in football is even more difficult, and happens much less often. A “hat trick” is the term referring to a
player scoring three goals in one game, a team that manages to
score three goals in football game, is already pretty impressive, so one player netting three goals, is downright incredible. To give you an idea of how rare this is, in the last five Men’s World Cups, there have been 318 matches, but only six hat tricks. Quarterbacks who managed
to throw for 500 yards in a game, deserve high praise, but we decided a running back rushing for 250 yards, is even more impressive. As they have to run, each and every one of those yards themselves, most of the time while fending off giant defenders. Only 12 running backs have achieved this feat, with OJ Simpson holding the record, as the only player to rush for
250 yards twice in his career. He ran for exactly 250 yards in 1973, and then for 273 yards in 1976. A lot of bizarre things can happen in a baseball game, but perhaps no play is
more bizarre than the unassisted triple play. The “unassisted triple play” is when
one player makes all three outs in one play, while most of the other entries on our list, require incredible athleticism and skill, this one is more about being
at the right place at the right time. It’s only happened 15 times
in Major League Baseball history, and every time it’s happened the same way. The fielder catches a line drive, touches second base and then tags
runner heading from first to second. The last player to make an unassisted triple play, was Eric Bruntlett of the
Philadelphia Phillies back in 2009, and it was a sight to see. A “quadruple double” is achieved, when a player accumulates a double-digit number total, in four of five statistical categories: Points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals, basically the player has
to dominate every phase of the game. A quadruple double wasn’t even
achievable in the NBA until 1974, when the league started recording blocks and steals. Since then, only four players in the NBA have
been able to achieve a quadruple double, the most recent, being David Robinson for the
San Antonio Spurs back in 1994. In college basketball, it’s even harder to achieve, as games are eight minutes shorter. The only player in men’s college
basketball history to record a quadruple double, was… Lester Hudson from
Tennessee-Martin back in 2007. A score of 10.00 was the highest score
possible for a gymnastic performance. For years, many fans of the sport
thought the score was unattainable, that all changed during the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, when Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci, scored the first ever
perfect 10 during the uneven bars event. However, she didn’t just get one perfect 10, over the course of the 1976 Olympic Games, she scored a 10 in seven events, after Comăneci’s amazing run, gymnast receiving 10’s became way more common. In 2006, presumably to keep things interesting, the International Gymnastics Federation, replaced the old scoring system, with the new and more complicated one, where the maximum score varied in each event. No one else embodies an accomplishment, quite like Wilt Chamberlain
embodies the 100-point game. In 1962, while playing for the Philadelphia
Warriors against the New York Knicks, Wilt Chamberlain became the first and only person
in NBA history to score 100 points, in a single game. Even more impressive, he did this without making any
3-pointers, which didn’t exist at the time. The closest anyone’s come to scoring triple digits
in an NBA game since was Kobe Bryant, who scored
81 points in a game back in 2006. A handful of players have been able to achieve
this astounding feat at the collegiate level, but it remains to be seen, if anyone in the NBA, will ever match Chamberlain’s unforgettable game. Before we get to our top pick, here are some honorable mentions. There has been 200,000 games
played in Major League Baseball history, but, only 23 times has a pitcher ever
pitched the elusive perfect game. A “perfect game”, is when a pitcher prevents hitters
from getting on base for the entire game. Not only does the pitcher need
to be having the game of his life, but his teammates also need to be just as sharp, in order to get the 27 consecutive outs needed. There has been a strange
boost in perfect games of late, with six of them having come in the past 7 years, but, that doesn’t take away
from how amazing accomplishment, the perfect game truly is. Do you agree with our list? What do you think is the greatest
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