With Tiger Woods attempting to match Byron Nelson's streak of 11 consecutive PGA Tour wins and with Roger Federer close to breaking Jimmy Connors' record of 160 consecutive weeks as the world's No. 1 ranked player, SI.com compiled a list of some of the most revered streaks in sports. We've featured our favorites in a photo gallery, but want to know which ones you would add to the list.
1) Harvard Lightweight Crew: the Varsity boat has reached the Grand Final of the Eastern Sprints regatta in every year since 1946, when the championships were established. No other program comes close. Generally acknowledged to be the greatest streak in the sport (at least at the collegiate level).
2) The Harvard JV lightweight crew won 14 consecutive Sprints championships, from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s.
3) The Harvard heavyweight varsity crew won 7 consecutive Sprints titles: 1964-1970. (In a 1965 cover story, SI labeled the crew the "world's fastest.")
How about the other feat acheived in 1941, hitting .400. .400 has to be held in the same regard as "56" because both milestones have been challenged yet both have not been toppled since 1941...that's 66 years folks. Getting 200 hits in 500 at bats is one of the more remarkable things to do in not only baseball, but in sport.
University of North Carolina Women's soccer team All told, the Tar Heels are 602-27-18 in the 27-year history of the program, a shocking winning percentage of .944 percent. No other college program has even come anywhere close to matching that record -- ever.
The Philadelphia Flyers unbeaten streak was 35 games.
I might be mistaken about this one but I believe the Toronto Maple Leafs have sold out every game since 1948.
Joe Louis defending the title 26 times in a row along with Larry Holmes defending it 21 times in a row.
Doug Jarvis playing 964 straight games in the NHL probably will never be broken. It might be the most impressive Ironman record of all time due to the aggressive nature of the sport and the probability of injury.
A.C. Green played in over a 1000 straight NBA games.
definitely agree that Buffalo Bills four consecutive Super Bowl appearances deserves to be on the list. It is simply a remarkable streak, and unlikely to happen again in this day and age of parity and free agency. Too bad that they were all losses, but still should be on the list.
Rice's streak was a personal streak as he was injured during that span, thus IMO null & void. Favre, played 1 game where he played 3 plays, and sat out the rest of the game (injured thumb), simply to continue his streak = null and void.
Marshall, 20 seasons, every game at defensive end, played through his injuries until the end of the game, enough said.
I've got to agree with the previous post about Rice's streak. He missed about a season's worth of games during the middle of his streak.
Favre's streak is very impressive but he does a great job of not taking hits. His Oline protects him well and he is savvy at knowing when to get rid of the ball.
I feel like Marshall's streak is the most impressive football ironman streak by far. He took a beating at defensive end when the rules of the game didn't provide player's the protection that is now afforded. The man snuck out of a hospital bed to start a game.
You want to have Brett Favre's streak null and void, yet you don't mention Cal Ripken making one pinch hit appearance numerous times and being lifted in the early innings of games to keep his streak alive? Ripken's streak was manufactured 10x more than Favre's ever could.
Okay, hitting .400 (while quite an accomplishment) isn't a "streak", so sorry Teddy Ballgame supporters. (
Second, although I respect the legendary accomplishments of Lou Gehrig, a streak ends when it ends, whether the streaker is injured (Wally Pip?), retires (Jim Marshall) or finally just sits (Cal Ripken). So, no asterisk for Lou.
Third: A winning percentage of .944 (UNC Women's Soccer), very impressive, but again, not a streak. Sorry 'heels...
It should be noted in the game where Favre played 3 plays and left because of his thumb, he reinjured the thumb on the first play of the game. When he got back to the sideline they pulled him because it was worse than when the game started. So no, not null and void.
Patrick Roy's and the Montreal Canadiens 10 overtime victories in the 1993 Stanley Cup. You have to win 16 games to win the Cup and he won 10 in overtime. They knew if they could get to overtime, St Patrick of Roy would be there for them to win the game and the Cup. Ask the players on that team, especially the guys who only won one Cup in their careers, if it is the best streak.
Honestly... all of you are bringing up all these different streaks that are great and all but how can you leave off DE LA SALLE high school football... easily one of the greatest streaks of all time in sports. i mean come on..im from texas and i even know how nuts that streak is
Thank God somebody mentioned Arsenal. That's a soccer team in London for the America-centric sports fans. 49 consecutive league games without a loss. That includes season of 38 games, a feat that had not been done in 110 years.
Let's add the longest streak in sports history: The US winning the America's Cup for 132 years straight before losing it to Australia in '82. The intersting point about the '82 Cup, was that the US boat was 2 tons heavier than AUSII, and for a change, AUS had the better design (winged keel). That said, the match still went to seven races!
The St George Dragons cemented themselves as one of the world's greatest sporting clubs when they won an unprecedented 11 straight premierships between 1956-1966. They were undefeated in 1959 and won all three grade Grand Finals in 1963. Immortals such as Graeme Langlands, John Raper and Reg Gasnier were just a few of the greats who wore the red and white during these golden years.
Squash: Jahangir Khan's 555-match unbeaten streak from 1981-1986. In 1981, when he was 17, Jahangir became the youngest winner of the World Open. That tournament marked the start of an unbeaten run which lasted for five years. In 1982, Jahangir astonished everyone by winning the International Squash Players Association Championship without losing a single point.
Lou Gehrig's streak of 2130 consecutive games played. he still deserves recognition. Also Tim Keefe won 19 games (17 games were complete games) in a row in 1888. Carl Hubbell's 34 games won in a row over the 1936 and 1937 baseball seasons.
Definitely would add Glenn Hall to the list....much more amazing when you consider that his streak was from the years 1955-1963, when goalies had no facial protection whatsoever. I don't think it'll ever be touched.
A high school you have never heard of, Wyoming H.S. just outside of Cincinnati, won 72 out of 73 games in the early sixties. They won 28, lost one by a point, then won the next 42 in a row against the toughest competition in Ohio. Not only that, in the middle of the 42 game streak, went UNSCORED UPON for the entire season, outscoring the opposition 446-0! What's even more incredible is that this has only been done twice in Ohio prep football, the previous time being 1941 by, you guessed it, Wyoming H.S.
The Denver Broncos have been sold out since 1968 (15 years before Elway was a rookie), to the present day, in a 76,000 seat stadium. That means that of the more than 3,000,000 tickets available in that time, not one went unsold.
Ted Williams didn't hit safely 16 times in a row, he reached base safely 16 times in a row. still a record that will never be broken, 1 in 15000 chance to do it. Check out this guy, he has all the odds: http://www.hiremetheo.com/wordpress/?p=47
BTW, no one mentioned Brett Farve getting 3 straight MVP awards. No one manufactured that, and that will never be broken either. Even Joe Montana could only manage two in a row.
For college football, you have to consider the Michigan Wolverines' amazing record from 1901-1905, the early years of the great coach Fielding H. Yost. In 1901 Michigan was unbeaten, untied, and unscored upon, finished 11-0 and outscoring opponents 550-0. This included a 49-0 win in the first Rose Bowl over Stanford. For the 5 year period, Michigan went 56 games without a loss, won the national championship 4 times (1901-04), and outscored their opponents 2,821 to 42 (yes, that's 42 points allowed in 5 years) for an average victory margin of 50-1.
Eric Gagne's 84 game save streak is pretty sweet (it spanned 2 seasons!!! He also didn't blow a save one entire year!) How about ICHIRO'S 6 consecutive 200 HIT seasons? Most ever for someone starting their career. Oh yeah, throw in 6 Gold Gloves for good measure.
Chris Evert's 125-match win streak on clay from 1973-1979 - a model of consistency. She was also undefeated in Wightman Cup singles, and made the semis in 53 of 57 grand slame events. But Martina did surpass her 55-match win streak with 74, another one not to be ignored.
Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys achieving 20 consecutive winning seasons 1966-1985. A spectacular team sport record, especially considering that the Cowboys franchise did not even exist until 1960. This does not even include Landry's 2 Super Bowl wins, 5 Super Bowl appearances, 5 NFC titles, and 13 Divisional titles over a 29 year career at Dallas that helped build the 'Boys into one of the winningest frachises in the NFL.
Mount Union College Football win streaks. Located in Alliance, Ohio. The Purple Raiders have the best winning percentage and most wins in all of college football since 1990 (216-10-1/.954). The Raiders also hold college football's all-time consecutive win streak (55) - from games played from Sept. '00 to Dec. '03. In the last 150 regular season games, dating back to the beginning of the '92 season, MTU has an 148-2 mark. On the road, MTU has won 62 consecutive games. MTU has posted 78 consecutive regular season road wins dating back to the '91 season.
Barry Bonds' four consecutive MVP awards, 2001 - 2004. Yes, I know, I know. Steroids or no (and it's not like he was the only one using them), four MVPs in a row is a phenomenal achievement in any sport. No other MLB player has won more than three in his entire career.
Also, I think the Braves' 14-title streak deserves a mighty big asterisk, considering they weren't in first place in their division when the 1994 season ended due to strike. There may not have been an official division champion (saved by a technicality), but as far as I'm concerned, the Expos were the champs that year.
How about oscar robertson averaging a triple double for an entire basketball season? I know it was just one year but it will probably never happen again with all of the selfish basketball players who are now in the league.
To the dude said Favre played a game where he came in for 3 plays to keep the streak alive, not so. I looked back on games from 95 forward and he never threw less than 13 passes in a game. To those who think he doesn't take alot of hits apparently don't have the luxury of watching him every week. He is tough, and he hasn't come out of more than a handful of games because of injury. It will be interesting to see if Manning can play every game for the next 7-8 years to catch up. That said:
I do agree with him, however, and the others that Jim Marshall's consecutive games deserves to be on the list. 20 years is a very long time.
Tennis tennis tennis . . .I notice a couple of tennis comments above -- but one is factually inaccurate (Sampras did not win "fourteen consecutive Grand Slams" since he never won the French Open and 14 consecutive would require at least two "true grand slams" -- and furthermore his record at world #1 is about to fall to Roger Federer anyway)
But how about Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver 109 match winning streak in women's double?
Or Navratilova's six straight Wimbldeon wins?
Or, for that matter, Borg's five straight Wimbledons?
167 consecutive home wins for the University of Utah women's gymnastics team. This streak lasted for more than 20 years. Seriously, when has any team in any sport been so dominant for so long that they don't lose at home for more than 20 years? It never happens.
University of North Carolina Women's soccer team. Had a 92 game WINNING streak and 102 game unbeaten streak at one time along with numerous ACC championships and National Championships. How can this be overlooked?
Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks' 11 straight playoff victories in 1992. The Pens snapped the Hawks' run in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, en route to matching the Hawks' mark with a Finals sweep.
Correction on Philadelphia Flyers Streak... Longest unbeaten streak in pro team sports. 1979-80, 35 Games. They lost the very first game of the season and then went 25-0-10 in the next 35.
But the all time greatest streak has not been mentioned here at all. 1961-62, Wilt Chamberlain played every minute of every game, regular and post season! That's right, her never came out of a game once for the entire season!
Jordan: NBA record most consecutive games scoring in double figures (866). He had scored at least 10 points in 866 consecutive games since his previous low of eight points against Cleveland on March 22, 1986. Good for 16 years of scoring, night in and night out. Not just showing up like Cal, but SCORING.
Maybe the most amazing one I can think of was left out: Moses Malone playing 1212 games without fouling out (and considering the defensive presence he was, that's just ridiculous).
I was going to add the Flyers' 35 game unbeaten streak in 1979-80, but several others have brought that up. What makes this even more strange for being left out is that they broke the Lakers' 33-game winning streak to be the longest unbeaten streak in major sports, if I recall correctly, and they included the Laker's streak.
Someone already mentioned Edwin Moses, but his streak deserves more praise/admiration. Imagine, 10 years of running a quarter mile sprint while leaping over the occasional hurdles, without a loss - and you are getting older each year while your competition comes directly out of college to challenge you. I ran a mile faster than 6:00 only once while I was at my peak condition back in the Army. Ten years later, my mile time had dropped to about 7:10. My times are nothing to "write home about", but they illustrate that the years just slow you down - but not Edwin Moses!
Favre's 3-play game was a preaseason game, which obviously doesn't count.
And didn't Dan Gable lose a match to Lee Kemp of Wisconsin? I'll have to pay attention next time I got to the Kohl Center in Madison, I could swear there's a newspaper story about that (sorry, was before my time).
Nope, don't have any to add, the ones listed here are all pretty impressive, except for the ones involving losing teams LOL.
I can't believe no one has mentioned the Philadelphia sports curse- 24 years without a championship in ANY of the 4 major team sports. It's not gonna end anytime soon, so at least throw us a bone and "revere" the streak.
How about recognizing the feats of some of the ladies - Irina Rodnina's 10 straight pairs world figure skating championships (albeit with different partners) and the equally impressive 10 consecutive world championships won by Sonja Henie?
Lance, Lance, Lance! Everyone of these streaks are magical, but the story of lance armstrong is mythical as well. No one else can compare to the closeness of death, to being the best in the world seven times in a row!
The 1990 Penn State women's volleyball squad swept an NCAA-record 40 matches and finished 44-1 overall. That 44 match streak is also an NCAA record. In addition, their longest home winning streak is 87 from Nov. 25, 1995 to Sept. 29, 2000.
How about Ingemar Stenmark, Swedish skier. He won three consecutive World Cup titles (76-77, 77-78 and 78-79). He also went undefeated in Giant Slalom for two consecutive seasons (77-78 and 78-79)...also winning 10 of 11 Giant Slaloms in 79-80. This is a remarkable feat when you consider the chances of falling and the infinitesimal margins of victory normally seen in ski racing.
Americans and their streaks -impressive but you've got to look elsewhere too - try a couple of international streaks: Steve Redgrave - 5 golds in 5 consecutive olympics. Herb Elliot - never beaten over the mile.
Joe Torre played in 2,207 games and managed 1,901 games, for a total of 4,108 games before appearing in a World Series. The longest streak of appearences in a baseball games without playing in a World Series.
What about some international streaks? Sergei Bubka from the Ukraine. In the pole vault he won 6 consecutive IAAF World Championships and broke the world record 35 times! (Not to mention the only athlete to clear 20 feet!)
Also what about Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin? He won three consecutive Olympic golds, but better yet, he was undeafeted from 1987-2000, the last six years of that streak without giving up one point!!!
Here is a streak that will probably never be rivaled - John Force's 10 consecutive NHRA Funny Car championships. The 14 time champ won 10 in a row from 1993-2002 and is still competing today.
John also has a 22 year (and counting) consecutive top ten finish record going, starting with the 1985 season. All but one year (1989) he has finished in the top 5. This deserves some kind of recognition.
I'll second the The New York Islanders 19 straight playoff series wins. That is a record that will probably never be broken. When the Canadiens won their five straight cups they had to win 10 series. When the Islanders did it, it was in a period without today's free agency and salary cap.
A streak is just that. What's with the 50 straight wins at home on Thursday nights with months that have a "M" in them. It's not a streak. Consective means just that, not home are away games. Another thing, how many people are named "Anonymous" in this World.
Boston University's 28 wins in 55 years of the Beanpot hockey tournament. They've won more titles than all the other schools, combined. They just (Feb. 12, 2007) won their 3rd consecutive Beanpot title, 5th in 6 years, and 11th out of the last 13 (and they have been in all 13 of those (consecutive) championship games)!