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Top 10 Toughest Single Game Accomplishments in Sports

Top 10 Toughest Single Game Accomplishments in Sports


Don’t expect to see any of these
remarkable feats achieved very often. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks, for the top 10 individual accomplishments in sports. For this list, will be taking a look at the toughest
accomplishments an athlete can achieve, in a single game or match. That means records that occur over
the course of a season or a career, like winning the Triple Crown or hitting 500 homeruns, don’t count. Scoring a hole in one, otherwise known as an “ace”, is no easy task even for seasoned pros, as it requires an incredible
amount of strength and precision, not to mention, a whole lot of luck. In order to achieve a hole in one, a golfer must hit the ball from the tee, and have it land in the cup with a single stroke. Depending on the size of the course, the difficulty varies. As most holes in one are achieved on par 3 courses; aces on par 4 courses are extremely rare, and Andrew Magee is the only professional golfer, to officially achieve such a feat on the PGA Tour, during the 2001 Phoenix Open. Playing goaltender in hockey, or goalkeeper in football is hard enough, but to score a goal as a goalie or keeper, is on a WHOLE other level. In hockey, goalies tend to score when the
opposing team has an empty net, giving the goalie an opportunity to
sling shot the puck the length of the ice, and into the abandoned net. In NHL history, a goalie has only scored 14 times, in football, it’s even more rare, as a much greater distance separates the nets. In the English Premier League, keepers have only managed to score 4 times, and only once has it happened in the MLS. What’s more, a keeper has never scored
in the history of the World Cup. Many experts believed, that running a mile in four minutes
was beyond what the human body was capable of. Englishmen Roger Bannister disproved that theory, by running a mile in 3:59.4
(3 minutes 59.4 seconds) in 1954. Since then, many male athletes have been
able to run the mile in under four minutes, and it’s now considered the standard for professionals. Currently, Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj, who ran the mile in 3:43.13
(3 minutes 43.13 seconds) holds the record. However, no woman has yet been able to run a four-minute mile, with the fastest time ever being 4:12.56
(4 minutes 12.56 seconds), by Russia’s Svetlana Masterkova in 1996. But as was the case for male sprinters, it’s only a matter of time. While scoring three goals
in a hockey game is no easy task, scoring a hat trick in football is even more difficult, and happens much less often. A “hat trick” is the term referring to a
player scoring three goals in one game, a team that manages to
score three goals in football game, is already pretty impressive, so one player netting three goals, is downright incredible. To give you an idea of how rare this is, in the last five Men’s World Cups, there have been 318 matches, but only six hat tricks. Quarterbacks who managed
to throw for 500 yards in a game, deserve high praise, but we decided a running back rushing for 250 yards, is even more impressive. As they have to run, each and every one of those yards themselves, most of the time while fending off giant defenders. Only 12 running backs have achieved this feat, with OJ Simpson holding the record, as the only player to rush for
250 yards twice in his career. He ran for exactly 250 yards in 1973, and then for 273 yards in 1976. A lot of bizarre things can happen in a baseball game, but perhaps no play is
more bizarre than the unassisted triple play. The “unassisted triple play” is when
one player makes all three outs in one play, while most of the other entries on our list, require incredible athleticism and skill, this one is more about being
at the right place at the right time. It’s only happened 15 times
in Major League Baseball history, and every time it’s happened the same way. The fielder catches a line drive, touches second base and then tags
runner heading from first to second. The last player to make an unassisted triple play, was Eric Bruntlett of the
Philadelphia Phillies back in 2009, and it was a sight to see. A “quadruple double” is achieved, when a player accumulates a double-digit number total, in four of five statistical categories: Points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals, basically the player has
to dominate every phase of the game. A quadruple double wasn’t even
achievable in the NBA until 1974, when the league started recording blocks and steals. Since then, only four players in the NBA have
been able to achieve a quadruple double, the most recent, being David Robinson for the
San Antonio Spurs back in 1994. In college basketball, it’s even harder to achieve, as games are eight minutes shorter. The only player in men’s college
basketball history to record a quadruple double, was… Lester Hudson from
Tennessee-Martin back in 2007. A score of 10.00 was the highest score
possible for a gymnastic performance. For years, many fans of the sport
thought the score was unattainable, that all changed during the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, when Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci, scored the first ever
perfect 10 during the uneven bars event. However, she didn’t just get one perfect 10, over the course of the 1976 Olympic Games, she scored a 10 in seven events, after Comăneci’s amazing run, gymnast receiving 10’s became way more common. In 2006, presumably to keep things interesting, the International Gymnastics Federation, replaced the old scoring system, with the new and more complicated one, where the maximum score varied in each event. No one else embodies an accomplishment, quite like Wilt Chamberlain
embodies the 100-point game. In 1962, while playing for the Philadelphia
Warriors against the New York Knicks, Wilt Chamberlain became the first and only person
in NBA history to score 100 points, in a single game. Even more impressive, he did this without making any
3-pointers, which didn’t exist at the time. The closest anyone’s come to scoring triple digits
in an NBA game since was Kobe Bryant, who scored
81 points in a game back in 2006. A handful of players have been able to achieve
this astounding feat at the collegiate level, but it remains to be seen, if anyone in the NBA, will ever match Chamberlain’s unforgettable game. Before we get to our top pick, here are some honorable mentions. There has been 200,000 games
played in Major League Baseball history, but, only 23 times has a pitcher ever
pitched the elusive perfect game. A “perfect game”, is when a pitcher prevents hitters
from getting on base for the entire game. Not only does the pitcher need
to be having the game of his life, but his teammates also need to be just as sharp, in order to get the 27 consecutive outs needed. There has been a strange
boost in perfect games of late, with six of them having come in the past 7 years, but, that doesn’t take away
from how amazing accomplishment, the perfect game truly is. Do you agree with our list? What do you think is the greatest
individual accomplishment in sports? For more impressive Top 10’s published everyday, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.

Comments (100)

  1. What about Mario Lemieux scoring a goal every way possible in a Hockey game?

  2. Hat trick in Cricket is so difficult

  3. I think a Perfect Hat Trick in football is better than an actual hat trick. The difference for those who don't know, is that a goal must be with the right foot, another with the left foot and one with a header. That is way less common or a bicycle kick goal, which is incredible to see as well as rare even in top leagues.

  4. You can technically get a quadruple double with turnovers as well.

  5. I just teared up when i saw matt cain. Those giants teams were so awesome.

  6. shooting a 59 or under in golf would probably be a better single game achievement. Happens much less.

  7. 21 strikeouts is harder than a perfect game

  8. I was like…football does not have goalies…. oh soccer. All it would take for a women to run 4 minutes is a male pretending to be a women. (aka a tranny)
    Not going to mention the leader of rushing yards in a game? Adrian Peterson? 296 yards

  9. The re-poker is way harder than the hat trick. Watching Cristiano, Messi and Lewandowski score 5 goals in a game is just impresive.

  10. The category is for individual performance but for #1 (pitchers perfect game) you rely on the other 8 guys in the field to make plays, so how is that an individual performance?

  11. You guys know that no one watches baseball or American football outside your country right ?

  12. there is one major caveat to the goalie/goalkeeper scoring achievement. When playing hockey the goalie is not allowed to cross the red line (the middle of the ice surface). Whereas, a football/soccer goalkeeper can (for example during free kicks).

    I would say that it is much more difficult for a hockey goalie to score, because they can be nowhere close to the opponents net.

  13. A quadruple double is the toughest achievement in basketball?
    Wouldn't a quintuple double be tougher?

  14. Lisa Leslie scored 101 points in the first half of a high school basketball game, with the opposing team refusing to even play the second half.

  15. #1 is a joke if you want the toughest single game achievement in a sport. NHL five goals, five ways in a single game. Mario Lemieux is the only player in NHL history to have ever achieved this feat.

  16. The 3 second rule was instituted after Chamberlain's 100 piont game.

  17. 1966 Geoff Hurst scored a hatrick in the World Cup final. Only player in history to do this.

  18. There's nothing "lucky" about a hole-in-one…it's the epitome of skill & preparation.

  19. Scoring 100 points in a basketball I feel is more impressive than a perfect game. Only 1 person has ever done it!!

  20. In the unassisted triple play, what am I missing? Catch the ball for the first out. Then, step on second to make two.
    They say tagging the man running from first to second makes 3, but shouldn't stepping on second have already accomplished this?
    I'm sure I'm just missing some small detail bit is sort of eating at me.

  21. Uuummmmmm I was running 6:30 miles in highschool and I wasent on the track or cross country team

  22. No. Immaculate innings are more rare than perfect games. They deserve an honorable mention at the very least

  23. I would say that picking up the big 4 in bowling which is 4-6-7-10 pins is much better accomplishment than a perfect 300 game. There has been one person in history to pick up the big 4 on tv and that is Walter Ray Williams Jr. There are way more bowlers bowling a 300 game on tv than picking up the big 4.

  24. A Hole in One on a par 4 is by far the rarest/most difficult task. Golf has been played for well over 100 years and there’s only 1 ever recorded in professional golf.

  25. I NEVEr understand what the fuck is going on everytime there is a Baseball game in these videos, I swear to God, they add new rules, and new things to look for everytime I watch a compilation of sports.

  26. hole in 1 on a par 4 yes, on a par 3 no, i have 2 and so does my father

  27. it is SOCCER, not FOOTBALL. And there is nothing IMPRESSIVE of only scoring 1-3 points in a game

  28. Century batting in cricket

  29. In today sports its should be like have a clean career without violence in their personal lives

  30. What about an immaculate inning

  31. A pitcher throwing an "immaculate inning" (3 strikeouts on 9 pitches) is even more rare than a perfect game.

  32. OJ Simpson played with such grace and class. What ever happened to him?

  33. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8COaMKbNrX0

    Good ted talk on athletes getting better and better.

  34. You’re American, it’s soccer

  35. It’s futbol not football

  36. Blocking all 5 PK’s in a penalty shootout as keeper in Fút Ball

  37. Yuvraj Singh for 6 sixes in an over and Anil Kumble for 10 wickets in an innings …………..

  38. A three pitch inning in baseball?

  39. Darryl Sittler 6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points in one regular season hockey game. Never been matched, closest was 8 points.

  40. Ya know, a cricket hat-trick, the taking of three consecutive wickets (or 'out's' for those that don't understand the term) is way harder than a perfect game.

  41. 1st round K.O. in boxing

  42. Greatest single game accomplishment is by Fernando tatis. Two grand slams I'm the same inning

  43. Hat tricks in soccer might be more rare but I'd still say it's harder for a hockey player to get one considering there's 30 less minutes in a game and even stilll, because of line changes, a hockey player generally only sees about 20 minutes out of 60 on the ice. Not to mention that hockey nets are much smaller whilst the goalkeepers themselves are much bigger.

  44. A golden set in tennis should be on this list.

  45. Don't let this distract you from the the fact that in 1966, Al Bundy scored four touchdowns in a single game while playing for the Polk High School Panthers in the 1966 city championship game versus Andrew Johnson High School, including the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against his old nemesis, Bubba "Spare Tire" Dixon.

  46. I'm surprised they put a hole in one. The albatross is much more rare

  47. 400 runs in test cricket, I think only Lara has done that

  48. 250 rushing yards in a american football game is easy it is not as rare as a goalie scoring

  49. 4 home runs in one game has gotta be at least #7.. come on

  50. WatchMojo.com love this video but what about Hitting for the Cycle (Hitter hits a single, double, triple, and homerun in a single game) in Baseball? That's as rare, if not as tough to do as the Perfect Game. Just was wondering.. great stuff 🙂

  51. 300 receiving yards in the NFL only a handful of players achieved that

  52. I would agree, perfect game is definitely up there because the amount of factors that can change it.

  53. Roy Doc Halladay…….the man

  54. Scoring one of every type of goal in Ice Hockey, completed only once by Mario Lemieux.

  55. What about 6 sixes in an over

  56. What about the Gordie Howe Hat trick?

  57. I don't think they get the whole degree of difficulty thing with this list.

  58. Whenever I see "perfect game" on these lists, I think of how ump Jim Joyce stole a PG from Galarraga. That number should be 24.

  59. Oh yeah baby!!! Baseball, America's Pass Time!

  60. Whao whoa whoa, what about Mario Lemieux??? He scored every way possible in one game! Regular strength, power play, short handed, penalty shot, and empty net! In one fucking game! AND he had a perfect hatrick in that game. 3 goals in one period. You done fucked up Mojo.

  61. Do I agree with your list? hell no I dont

  62. Marshawn lynch causes an earth quake

  63. How tf is a perfect game harder than 100 point game in basketball?!?

  64. Gallarraga threw a 28 strike-out perfect game, because Jim Joyce fucked him in the ass hard. So he had to throw an extra strike-it to prove his point. I think everyone in the sports world considers him to have a perfect game.

  65. 100 goals in an AFL season is rarer than a perfect game in baseball so…

  66. A perfect game is not a solo accomplishment is my only problem with your number one. He relies on other players to get people out when a hit does slip by. It's simply not a solo feat.

  67. Quadruple double basketball

  68. Hitting for the Cycle in baseball is pretty rare

  69. No Manny Pacquiao and championships in eight weight divisions?

  70. In football? It look a lot more like soccer

  71. A hat trick in football is difficult but doesn't belong on this list. Something that does is Robert Lewandowski's 9-minute miracle.

  72. Scoring as a goalkeeper is not that hard. You can ask Chilavert.

  73. Lewandowski scored 5 goals in 9 minutes
    What about that

  74. 6 x sixes in a over in international cricket is also very rare. it only happened twice in cricket world cup, across 44 years

  75. Hat Trick in cricket?????

  76. Yeah try scoring a Malitric in cricket, 4 wickets in 4 balls in a row, ONLY one player has done it in the history of the sport and he did it twice in 2007 and 2019. #Malinga #Slinga

  77. Mario Lemieux scoring every way possible in a single game is pretty crazy. Although it doesn’t belong on this list a Gordon Howe hat trick is my favorite single game achievement

  78. Billy crystal: how can some one score 100 points in a game
    Because his teammates literally decided they were gonna give him the ball every chance to get him the record 😂

  79. The unassisted triple play is a single pitch, not an entire game. Millions of pitches have been thrown and barely a dozen unassisted triple plays makes them extremely rare.

  80. these are awsome things to Achieve but nothing about the world of world's strongest man Some of the heaviest and most death defying feats of strength ever recorded And some of the biggest most powerful men To achieve the ultimate goal not to take away from any these accomplishments But I can only assume that it should be pretty hard or next to impossible to lift some of the things that these men have lifted

  81. What about an immaculate game in baseball? 81 pitches 27 strikeouts. Never happened before, even though it is possible

  82. Lmao 100 points was done once and was still beaten by a perfect game

  83. Baseball isnt a sport! If i can get stoned, drink substantial amounts of beer and hit 90mph pitches consistently having literally never played the game a day in my life, something is terribly wrong…For fuck sake, half the players dont even have athletic ability. Watching most baseball players run is fucking adorable! The most impressive part of the game is the pitches, and even that is kind of rudimentary. The only game in the world that makes cricket seem like a vegas night out on cocaine with a gaggle of prostitutes!

  84. Man this couldn't have been more cringy

  85. I am sorry, getting 10s in gymnastics is still a score given, there are always bias with judges involved.

  86. Mario lemieux 5 different kind of goals

  87. Do you know how common sub-four miles are now?? You see it all the time at the college and Olympic levels.

  88. 6 sixes in an over!!! The toughest only happened 1time in entire international cricket history!!

  89. perfect hat trick ..only handful of players ever done so

  90. Jumping and flipping over player, that is not easy to do

  91. There has been one player in NBA history to ever score 100 and there will never be another player to do that I think that thats one of the hardest things to do ever

  92. My dad has scored as a goalie in football ones.

  93. mentions goalie goal but says nothing about Hextall
    missed opportunity

  94. 10 wickets in a Test Innings – Cricket Only achieved twice in History

  95. The fact that she called it football instead of soccer 😢

  96. Instead of hole-in-one, they should have put shooting a 59 for a professional round in golf. That is more of a "single-game" accomplishment. The hole-in-one is just part of a single game. Same with unassisted triple play.

  97. Americans thinking baseball is best game for every sports top ten

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