Hallowed Records

HALLOWED RECORDS….Matt Yglesias sez:

On SportsCenter just now they’re talking about Barry Bonds on the career home runs list and calling Hank Aaron’s record “the most hallowed record in all of sports.” Most hallowed according to who? No doubt there’s some soccer record of some sort that’s extremely hallowed outside the USA. The whole thing wreaks of typical MLB arrogance. At any rate, I take it that Bonds stands a good chance of breaking Aaron’s record. Wilt’s 100 point game is something I think may really never be surpassed.

There are plenty of records less likely to be surpassed than Hank Aaron’s home run record. Nobody’s going to win 41 games or bat .424 again, nor is anybody going to win eight NBA titles in a row.

But what about “hallowed”? That’s a more interesting question since “hallowed” is such an interesting word. What’s the most hallowed record in baseball? Basketball? Soccer?

Tennis is my sport, and if I had to guess I’d say the most hallowed records in tennis might be Bjorn Borg’s five consecutive Wimbledons or Rod Laver’s two grand slams. Or maybe Margaret Court’s 24 total grand slam titles. But I’m not really sure. It’s a very tricky question, isn’t it?