Streaks of Genius
Oklahoma, which graced SI's Nov. 18 cover, had won 47 in a row dating back to 1953—still a Division I-A record. But the Sooners lost their next game, 7--0 to Notre Dame.
Pete Rose broke out of a 5-for-44 slump in June and just kept going. He went on to hit safely in 44 straight games, the most since Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941.
Edwin Moses dominated the 400-meter hurdles as no other man ever has. He made SI's cover after his 87th straight victory and went on to win a record 122 races in a row.