Articles and books about baseball’s unbreakable records tend to focus on which records are hardest to break. Every book seems to rehash Cy Young’s 511 wins, Joe Dimaggio’s 56-game hitting streak etc. “Baseball’s Unbreakable Records: An Unbreakable Record for Every Number from Zero to Fifty” puts a new twist on the discussion by telling the story behind an unbreakable record associated with every number from zero to fifty.
Each chapter begins with a photo of the featured player and concludes with a list of the players who have come closest to breaking the record. The book goes beyond the numbers to tell the story behind the records and put the records in context. Each chapter includes quotes from the record holders and pictures from the National Baseball Hall of Fame archives.
The book begins with Fred Toney and Hippo Vaughn’s double no-hitter in Chapter Zero, for the Cubs and Reds total of zero hits through nine innings. In Chapter 50 we learn how Connie Mack was able to manage the same team for 50 consecutive years. The intervening chapters cover the exploits of some of the game’s greatest players.