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.

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100 thoughts on “Top 10 Toughest Single Game Accomplishments in Sports

  • August 14, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    6 sixes in over?

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  • August 14, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    A baseball player hitting for the cycle or the consecutive cycle.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    What about the NHL Darryl Sittler 10 points in one game never going to be repeated

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    I was at that mets game insane! 6:56

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:50 am
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    My dad did a unisisted triple play

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  • August 19, 2019 at 12:46 am
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    good run down but 100 points should have been number 1 since no one will ever do that again.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    4 home runs in a a game is more rare than a perfect game. It’s only happen 18 times.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    Home run a cycle

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  • August 19, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    In 1 day Cricket 264 individual run aver…

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  • August 19, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    In ten pin bowling, three 300 games, a perfect 900 series. I think done twice.
    In candlepin bowling, a 500 three game series. I've only heard of two of those happening.
    One was just over 500, the other was 530. That's almost 167 per game…very difficult, most pro level bowlers achieving an average of about 130/string. the highest single string I've seen was 205, by the son of the famous Stacia Zernicki.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 4:54 pm
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    Where is the Chaminda Vass's hat-trick against Bangladesh in 2003 and Lasith Malinga's four in four vs South Africa in 2007. WHERE ARE THOSE! THEY ARE NEAR IMPOSSIBLE THINGS TO DO.😑✌👍🤝

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  • August 19, 2019 at 9:05 pm
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    What about a 4 home run game in baseball?

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  • August 19, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    20 strikeouts in a game in baseball?

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  • August 20, 2019 at 1:23 pm
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    This video is shit, absolute crap. There are way more achievements than just baseball. What about Yuvraj Singh's six sixes in an over against England in the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2007.
    As somebody mentioned below, perfect 10 in baseball is not an individual accomplishment.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    8:06 that’s my Alumni! Let’s go Peay!

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  • August 21, 2019 at 5:31 am
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    What about all 10 wickets in a game of cricket. Happened only twice in 130 years of international cricket

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  • August 21, 2019 at 11:15 am
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    Goals have been scoured in the world cup by goalkeepers

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  • August 21, 2019 at 11:25 am
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    Triple hundred in Test Cricket, double hat-trick (4 wickets in 4 balls) also in Cricket.  6 6's in an over in cricket.  Try to remember there are sports played outside the US which the US isn't the main player in.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    OJ signed his way into history in 1973 and stabbed his way into history in 1994.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 11:05 pm
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    By your ratio for the world cup hat tricks, a hat trick in hockey is much harder. And the comments below show hockey has many harder accomplishments.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 6:17 am
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    The perfect game at #1 100% agree

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  • August 22, 2019 at 8:11 am
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    You'd guys didn't considered cricket's rarest 6 sixes in an over and 10 wickets in a single innings……both of which are a lot more difficult and rare than most of these achievements in this list.💁🏻‍♂️

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  • August 22, 2019 at 11:42 am
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    "only a matter of time"
    (For someone to knock over 12 seconds off the women's mile record)
    Ok, ok….

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    Kobe's 81>wilts 100. Do the math

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  • August 22, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    Things are so rare in soccer because nothing ever happens in soccer. Lots of players crying and falling over nothing to cheat. That’s about it.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    4 home runs in a game.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    3:45 And women want the same pay.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    Braden’s perfect game was on Mother’s Day, if I remember right

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    What about hitting 6 sixes from 6 balls in cricket

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    In Germany for a "Hattrick" in football you need to score THREE CONSECUTIVE GOALS IN ONE HALF… Just scoring three goals is a "Dreierpack" translated "Three Pack"… Therefore there have just been 108 Hattrick in the Bundesliga since 1963

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    How could u miss Mr. Pacman and no one can beat his record. 8 division world champion in boxing .

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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    What about Mario Lemieux scoring a goal every way possible in a Hockey game?

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  • August 24, 2019 at 1:21 am
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    Hat trick in Cricket is so difficult

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    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.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    You can technically get a quadruple double with turnovers as well.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    I just teared up when i saw matt cain. Those giants teams were so awesome.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 7:31 am
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    shooting a 59 or under in golf would probably be a better single game achievement. Happens much less.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 8:24 am
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    21 strikeouts is harder than a perfect game

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  • August 24, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    4 home runs

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  • August 24, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    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

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  • August 25, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    The re-poker is way harder than the hat trick. Watching Cristiano, Messi and Lewandowski score 5 goals in a game is just impresive.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    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?

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  • August 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm
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    You guys know that no one watches baseball or American football outside your country right ?

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  • August 26, 2019 at 6:06 am
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    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.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    A quadruple double is the toughest achievement in basketball?
    Wouldn't a quintuple double be tougher?

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  • August 26, 2019 at 10:34 am
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    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.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    #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.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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    The 3 second rule was instituted after Chamberlain's 100 piont game.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    1966 Geoff Hurst scored a hatrick in the World Cup final. Only player in history to do this.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 12:05 am
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    There's nothing "lucky" about a hole-in-one…it's the epitome of skill & preparation.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:43 am
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    Scoring 100 points in a basketball I feel is more impressive than a perfect game. Only 1 person has ever done it!!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 1:54 pm
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    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.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 12:02 am
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    Uuummmmmm I was running 6:30 miles in highschool and I wasent on the track or cross country team

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  • August 29, 2019 at 12:46 am
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    No. Immaculate innings are more rare than perfect games. They deserve an honorable mention at the very least

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  • August 29, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    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.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 4:03 am
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    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.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 4:42 am
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    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.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 6:46 am
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    hole in 1 on a par 4 yes, on a par 3 no, i have 2 and so does my father

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  • August 30, 2019 at 8:44 am
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    it is SOCCER, not FOOTBALL. And there is nothing IMPRESSIVE of only scoring 1-3 points in a game

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  • August 30, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Century batting in cricket

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  • August 31, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    In today sports its should be like have a clean career without violence in their personal lives

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  • August 31, 2019 at 2:58 am
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    What about an immaculate inning

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  • August 31, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    A pitcher throwing an "immaculate inning" (3 strikeouts on 9 pitches) is even more rare than a perfect game.

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  • August 31, 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    OJ Simpson played with such grace and class. What ever happened to him?

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  • August 31, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8COaMKbNrX0

    Good ted talk on athletes getting better and better.

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  • September 1, 2019 at 2:54 am
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    You’re American, it’s soccer

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  • September 1, 2019 at 8:44 pm
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    It’s futbol not football

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  • September 1, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    Blocking all 5 PK’s in a penalty shootout as keeper in Fút Ball

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  • September 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    Yuvraj Singh for 6 sixes in an over and Anil Kumble for 10 wickets in an innings …………..

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  • September 2, 2019 at 2:35 pm
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    A three pitch inning in baseball?

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  • September 2, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    Darryl Sittler 6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points in one regular season hockey game. Never been matched, closest was 8 points.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 6:18 am
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    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.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    1st round K.O. in boxing

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  • September 3, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    Greatest single game accomplishment is by Fernando tatis. Two grand slams I'm the same inning

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  • September 3, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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    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.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    A golden set in tennis should be on this list.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm
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    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.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm
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    I'm surprised they put a hole in one. The albatross is much more rare

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  • September 4, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    400 runs in test cricket, I think only Lara has done that

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  • September 4, 2019 at 9:57 pm
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    250 rushing yards in a american football game is easy it is not as rare as a goalie scoring

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  • September 5, 2019 at 1:25 am
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    4 home runs in one game has gotta be at least #7.. come on

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  • September 5, 2019 at 2:21 am
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    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 🙂

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  • September 5, 2019 at 9:19 am
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    300 receiving yards in the NFL only a handful of players achieved that

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  • September 5, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    I would agree, perfect game is definitely up there because the amount of factors that can change it.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    Roy Doc Halladay…….the man

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  • September 6, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    Scoring one of every type of goal in Ice Hockey, completed only once by Mario Lemieux.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 9:03 am
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    What about 6 sixes in an over

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  • September 6, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    What about the Gordie Howe Hat trick?

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  • September 6, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    I don't think they get the whole degree of difficulty thing with this list.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:27 pm
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    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.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    Oh yeah baby!!! Baseball, America's Pass Time!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    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.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    Do I agree with your list? hell no I dont

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  • September 8, 2019 at 7:45 am
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    Marshawn lynch causes an earth quake

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  • September 9, 2019 at 7:39 am
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    How tf is a perfect game harder than 100 point game in basketball?!?

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  • September 9, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    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.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 10:45 am
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    100 goals in an AFL season is rarer than a perfect game in baseball so…

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  • September 10, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    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.

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  • September 11, 2019 at 5:40 pm
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    Quadruple double basketball

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  • September 11, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    Hitting for the Cycle in baseball is pretty rare

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