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									Baseball's Greatest Records

<p>Of all the great American sports, none puts greater emphasis on
statistical achievement than baseball. Major League Baseball records
connect the present with the past pitting legends of yesterday against
the stars of today. Who is the greatest of all time? How would today's
power hitters fare during Babe Ruth's era? Is the pitching in today's
game superior to the pitching of fifty years ago? These are some of the
questions we may never answer, but statistics allow us to frame the
debate. It is the data within the game that keeps us mindful of tradition
by rekindling the fond memories of how individuals performed during
baseball's respective eras. Here is a look at some of the more notable
Major League Baseball records.</p><p>Pitching Statistics <br>Cy Young's
name is synonymous with pitching excellence his 511 career wins is first
all time in the history of the sport. In 22 seasons on the mound he holds
top marks in categories such as most innings pitched (7,355), most games
started (815) and most complete games (749). He is also credited with
pitching the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball. In his
honor the top pitcher from both leagues are awarded a coveted trophy
bearing his name at season's end.</p><p>Baseball fans have always been
infatuated with a good power pitcher. There is nothing like the sound of
a 98 mph fastball crashing into the catcher's mitt for a third strike.
The strikeout is one of the most exciting plays in baseball, and Nolan
Ryan is the king. Known as the Ryan Express for his overpowering
fastball, he was one of the most intimidating pictures to ever step foot
on the mound. In 27 seasons Ryan ranks first all time with 5,714
strikeouts, he also threw seven no hitters during his career, a feat that
no other player has topped.</p><p>Batting Statistics<br>In the summer of
1941 the world witnessed the longest hitting streak in the game's history
when Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight games. From the 15th of May
until the 16th of July the Yankee center fielder captivated the world
with one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time. That same
season legendary Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams hit .406, it was the
last time any player has ever hit .400 at the professional
level.</p><p>Two of the more controversial figures of the sport hold
perhaps the most prestigious of all Major League Baseball records. No
other player in the history of the game has more hits than Pete Rose's
4,256. Often overshadowed by his lifetime ban from the sport for gambling
on his own team; Rose was known for the way he played the game with grit
and determination. Barry Bonds is the all time home run king with 762
long balls in the course of 21 seasons. Despite his alleged ties to
steroid use Bond's arsenal of speed, power and baseball intelligence
still puts him in the company of the game's elite players.</p><p>Ian
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