Mike DiGiovanna's Dec. 24 issue lists 10 sports records he regards as unlikely to ever be broken. He limited the field to records set from 1940 on. Had he drawn this arbitrary line just a little earlier, he could have included one that I argue will never be broken: Johnny Vander Meer's two consecutive no-hit games in 1938. I'd be willing to bet a great deal that no one will ever pitch three consecutive no-hitters.
Roy M. Pitkin
It might not be as iconic as the records in your list, but I'd argue it's the most unbreakable: Fernando Tatis' two grand slams in one inning (and off the same pitcher, no less — the Dodgers' Chan Ho Park). Tying it would be astounding. Breaking it? Don't hold your breath.
Mike DiGiovanna's article was interesting until this absurd comment: "UCLA also needed four victories to win most of those titles. Today's teams must navigate a more grueling 64-team field and win six games for a championship."
Seriously? While today's top teams can navigate through fifth-place finishers from the Big Ten and fourth-place teams from the Mountain West, John Wooden played league champions, every game. Four games? Sure. But no runners-up in those brackets. Let's stop with this stupid argument. The last two champions — Kentucky and Louisville — had virtual byes into the regionals taking on squads like Western Kentucky, Iowa State, North Carolina A&T, and Colorado State, who combined for 52 losses.
The term "grueling" doesn't really fit now, does it?
The International Cycling Union has erased Lance Armstrong's Tour de France victories because he cheated. He should not be on your list of records that may never be broken. Nor should Barry Bonds, for that matter.
Golf was not on the list, but if it were, it should be the "Tiger Slam": Tiger Woods' four straight majors in 2000-01.