Top 10 Toughest Single Game Accomplishments in Sports

  • Published on Oct 13, 2016
  • Top 10 Toughest Single Game Accomplishments in Sports
    There are many mind-blowing accomplishments in sports: whether it’s running the four-minute mile, managing the unassisted triple play in baseball, hitting a hole in one in golf or scoring a goal as a goalie in hockey, these are all some of the greatest individual athletic accomplishments. WatchMojo counts down the 10 most impressive sports feats achieved by individual athletes, to give you something to aim for.
    00:49 #10: A Hole in One - Golf
    01:40 #9: Scoring a Goal as a Goalie - Football / Hockey
    02:40 #8: Four-Minute Mile - Running
    04:01 #7: Hat Trick - Football
    04:58 #6: Rushing for 250 Yards in a Game - American Football
    05:58 #5: Unassisted Triple Play - Baseball
    07:07 #4: The Quadruple Double - Basketball
    08:27 #3, #2 & #1 ???
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  • Dashill Smith
    Dashill Smith Day ago

    Gale Sayers scoring 6 TDs in a game is pretty damn awesome. And did it in four different ways. Rushing, Receiving, Kickoff and Punt return.

  • brendan maclellan

    Oh yeah scoring a hat trick is so easy in hockey especially when you are not on the ice for a majority of the game. This list is bullshit.
    And let’s hype up a murderer in the list as well.

  • Seaofblaze
    Seaofblaze Day ago

    The perfect game announcer is how I approach all conversations about history... "YES YES YES YES.... HISTORY!"

  • Cameron Valardo
    Cameron Valardo 4 days ago

    So if a 4 minute mile is the standard for male pros how is it on this list.......

  • Ambrus Roland
    Ambrus Roland 5 days ago

    Winning from (starting from) outside the top 10 in F1 ?

  • yootoobe1790
    yootoobe1790 6 days ago +2

    Harvey Haddix: 12 Perfect innings. Marshall McDougall: 6 home runs in a single game.

  • Anthony Skowyra
    Anthony Skowyra 7 days ago +1

    Hitting a homerun cycle in baseball/softball definitely should've made the list.

  • Randall Mortell
    Randall Mortell 7 days ago +1

    How do you not include hitting for the cycle, throwing an immaculate inning, a 3 pitch inning, or a 20 strikeout game?!?!

  • Kendra Pollack
    Kendra Pollack 8 days ago

    immaculate inning

  • Ryan Tuck
    Ryan Tuck 8 days ago

    immaculate inning?

  • Spencer Collett
    Spencer Collett 8 days ago

    I haven’t watched yet, but my guess is that #1 is a perfect game

  • arod9393
    arod9393 8 days ago

    switch 1 and 2

  • Brian Dunn
    Brian Dunn 9 days ago

    Wayne Gretzky's record of fastest time to 50 goals at 39 games.

  • nootz101
    nootz101 9 days ago

    There’s been ZERO mention in either the video or the comments on a Gordie Howe Hat Trick: 1 goal, 1 assist, and 1 fight all in one game. Not as common as you would think

  • Beardio
    Beardio 11 days ago

    How do these soccer players make more money than most football players anyways? That’s fucking ridiculous that they score like once ever three games and somehow make a shit ton of money

  • Beardio
    Beardio 11 days ago

    Dude all these soccer players or footballers need to do every game is kick long ass kicks over and over and it seems like if it bounces higher than ten feet the goalie loses it and can’t block the shit so that’s what soccer players should do over and over just long ass kicks high as hell they’ll score every game like twice or so win the game start a new era it’ll all be more fun that way as well

  • pjdring ring
    pjdring ring 11 days ago

    It technically can be but when has a perfect game in baseball ever been an "individual" performance

  • Mike Heath
    Mike Heath 11 days ago


  • jackdeth2004
    jackdeth2004 12 days ago

    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.

  • Steven Goforth
    Steven Goforth 12 days ago

    Race car driver leading every lap in a race.

  • CMDR Bill Paxton
    CMDR Bill Paxton 13 days ago

    A complete MISS by WatchMojo!!!! Mario Lemieux's 5 goals in 5 different ways has only been accomplished ONCE in the entire history of the NHL and they completely missed it!!!!

  • Oofey Beats
    Oofey Beats 14 days ago

    Shutout goalie hockey

  • Mike Battista
    Mike Battista 15 days ago

    Rod Brind’amour scored 2 shorthanded goals in the SAMMEEE penalty kill vs The Penguins in 1997. Mike Richards scored 3 shorthanded goals in a season whilst down 5 on 3. & the 60+ yard field goals is quite a feat as well. I believe Eagles Elliot, Raiders Janikowski & i believe the Broncos kicker or another team has done the feat. Pretty amazing feats in sports.

  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump 15 days ago

    Just my 2 cents, just because someone has been done less often doesn't make it better. Take whichever single game record you'd like, it's not what the video is intending.

    For example Shawn Green's 19 total bases in a game would be on this list. Is it more rare than a perfect game? Yes. Is it better than a perfect game? Hell no.

  • Caden Peterman
    Caden Peterman 15 days ago

    You can’t put a hockey hat trick as your thumb nail and not even include it on your list that’s completely stupid

  • Kapil Gund
    Kapil Gund 16 days ago

    400 not out in a single innings in Test Cricket by Brian Lara or a double century in ODI cricket deserve a place

    • Shoumik Bose
      Shoumik Bose 14 days ago

      Yeah and also six 6s in an over. But it's an American channel, cricket watching audience isn't their prime TG.

  • Nate Reniger
    Nate Reniger 16 days ago

    Andrew Gallaraga does not like this video.

  • Jermaine Savory
    Jermaine Savory 17 days ago


  • Dean Y
    Dean Y 17 days ago

    I can think of a few harder things, 20 or more strikeouts in 1 game. 4 (or more) home runs in 1 game, 7 goals in 1 hockey game, there are lots but it still was a good list

    • Aku Soininen
      Aku Soininen 15 days ago

      Well you could take the world record of a category from each sport but that would be boring

  • oliverpuller1655
    oliverpuller1655 17 days ago

    This whole list is moot because Mario Lemieux’s 5 goals scored 5 different ways isn’t number 1. On December 31, 1988 against the New Jersey Devils he scored an even strength goal, a PP goal, a SH goal, a penalty shot goal and finally, as the buzzer sounded, an empty net goal. It’s happened exactly once in NHL history and likely won’t ever happen again. The only other feat on this list that even comes close is Wilt’s 100-point game. The perfect game should be at least number 3 on this list.

    • Donald Trump
      Donald Trump 15 days ago

      There's probably 100 different sporting accomplishments that have only happened once. That's not the point of this video.

  • Dustin Petrisor
    Dustin Petrisor 17 days ago

    They didn't even mention the perfect game that was done while the pitcher was high on lsd

  • Ben Zaborowski
    Ben Zaborowski 18 days ago +1

    The cycle?

  • David N
    David N 19 days ago

    This one time I almost had a single double in basketball.

  • Richard Sheehy
    Richard Sheehy 21 day ago +1

    Style and class are two words you will never he uttered again about oj Simpson

  • Zayta
    Zayta 21 day ago

    This list is so wrong it’s hilarious

    • Donald Trump
      Donald Trump 15 days ago

      how about you make your own list, then we can all make fun of you

  • Matt Leary
    Matt Leary 22 days ago

    A perfect hat-trick in football (left foot, right foot and header) is so much harder!

  • Steve Buscemi
    Steve Buscemi 23 days ago +14

    Understandable to see a lot of hockey players upset in the comments, I too am very upset

  • ChickenDude 7
    ChickenDude 7 24 days ago

    4 home runs in one game?

  • Crazy Canuck
    Crazy Canuck 25 days ago

    I've always been curious if CTE played a role in OJ's downfall (double murder). I hope he donates his brain in death.

  • James Kerr
    James Kerr 26 days ago

    4 homers in a baseball game or hitting the cycle are both rarer than pitching a perfect game. And a natural cycle (single, double, triple, and homer in that order) has only been done once

  • Vulgaris Magistralis
    Vulgaris Magistralis 26 days ago

    How is hitting for the cycle not here?

  • TrailBlazerX
    TrailBlazerX 26 days ago

    L.T ran for 400 at TCU

    • Pach Carter
      Pach Carter 11 days ago +1

      TrailBlazerX & AP ran for 296 against the Chargers... Sorry Jamal Lewis

  • Tim Spiers
    Tim Spiers 28 days ago

    Hat trick in cricket is way more impressive than a hat trick in football.

  • GD tomiot
    GD tomiot 28 days ago

    Scoring a perfect round in disc golf.

  • ToughAncientSpark
    ToughAncientSpark 29 days ago +13

    The cycle in baseball. Player gets a single, double, triple and home run in a single game.

    • Jeffery Walker
      Jeffery Walker 12 days ago

      What about a home run cycle? Solo, 2 run, 3 run, and grand slam. A college softball player did it last week if I’m not mistaken

  • Matt Attack
    Matt Attack Month ago

    cowboy in hockey (6 goals in a game)

  • Cayden Kulscar
    Cayden Kulscar Month ago

    What about a 10 point game in hockey

    • Donald Trump
      Donald Trump 15 days ago

      10 points? That's like saying 10 home runs in a football game.

  • Sam
    Sam Month ago

    Barca 3-0 Liverpool
    One week later
    Liverpool 4-0 Barca.

    Best team in the world. We were missing two of our three main attackers and had Shaqiri who got relegated last season with Stoke and Origi who completely flopped while out on loan last season at Wolfsburg as replacements for them. Our captain took a massive whack on the knee and was on painkilling injections at half time and we lost our LB at half time and had to play a 32 year old, right footed midfielder there.

  • 2807Joe
    2807Joe Month ago

    They forgot 300 yards by a wide receiver.

  • lonewolf2point0
    lonewolf2point0 Month ago

    Um....pretty sure you don't sprint a mile lol

    DHRUV MALIK Month ago

    Baseball is not hint more than a piece of shit... Typical white junkies..

      DHRUV MALIK 14 days ago

      @Donald Trump baseball is for shit cunts like you...

    • Donald Trump
      Donald Trump 15 days ago

      Baseball is a smart mans sport, it's not for everyone......

  • Swarrior 67
    Swarrior 67 Month ago

    I think that scoring a Olympic goal in football is more tough that a hat trick, having only happen once in the world championship.

  • mrloop
    mrloop Month ago

    Nice touch, showing The Rocket's 5 m 20 s maximum break in the honorable mentions. Especially in a video leaning this heavily on American sports.

  • ALLDefLepp
    ALLDefLepp Month ago

    Dude.. it's soccer not football... Thanks, signed Michigan.

    • mrloop
      mrloop Month ago

      More like real football, where you actually handle the ball with your feet for most of the game 😊
      Thanks, signed Denmark.

  • jsjaodf fklaadsf
    jsjaodf fklaadsf Month ago

    I'm sorry you pronounced soccer wrong

  • Tyler
    Tyler Month ago

    Perfect game not even mentioned. Wow

    • Donald Trump
      Donald Trump 15 days ago

      bet you won't respond, and you'll delete your comment.

  • michael fitzgerald
    michael fitzgerald Month ago

    How about an NHL player scoring while 2 men down - very rare

  • Coach62
    Coach62 Month ago +1

    What about a Gordie Howe Hat Trick?

  • Brett Vandermeer
    Brett Vandermeer Month ago

    Darryl Sittler scoring 10 points in an NHL game.

  • Andrew Philly
    Andrew Philly Month ago

    Scoring as a lacrosse goalie??

  • bassmentier
    bassmentier Month ago

    Yall forgot about Polk High fullback Al Bundy. He scored 4 touchdowns in a single game back in 1966. He even scored the winning touchdown in the final seconds against his long time nemisis "Spare Tire" Dixon

  • chaosof99
    chaosof99 Month ago

    I know it is more common that most on the list and the stuff mentioned in the comments, but a favorite of mine in hockey is a goal scored while defending a 5-on-3 power play. It only happens once or twice a season in the NHL, and the career high for a single players is 3 of them, held by a single player.

  • George McCormick
    George McCormick Month ago

    Nine-Dart Finish - 501 down to Zero: First throw: 3 triple-20's, Second throw: 3 triple- 20's, Final throw: 1 triple 20, 1 triple 19 and finish with a double 12. Phil Taylor has done this 11 times; once he did it twice in one match... incredible.

  • Rudy Cooper
    Rudy Cooper Month ago

    Beat prime Rafael Nadal in Roland Garros xD Good luck with that!

  • Dave Smith
    Dave Smith Month ago

    A true perfect game in baseball, would be 81 strikes in a row..

    • Donald Trump
      Donald Trump 15 days ago

      They do have an immaculate inning, 9 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 strikeouts.

    • Donald Trump
      Donald Trump 15 days ago

      What a dumb comment.

  • bob smith
    bob smith Month ago

    Half of these are basically entirely luck/situational and should not be held on the other levels as other accomplishments. It's hard to think what's the most impressive of any of this. Heck, not just some but ALL of these are INCREDIBLY luck dependent and dependend on how SHITTY your opponent(s) happened to be playing that 1 particular game. Well, all of these of games that actually have physical confrontation anyway(IE not bowling and pool or whatever)

  • Chris Marcellus
    Chris Marcellus Month ago

    Hitting for the cycle in baseball?

  • Casey
    Casey Month ago

    If only one person in history has scored 100 points and multiple pitchers have thrown perfect games, I think they should be switched

  • Steve M
    Steve M Month ago +1

    Running for 250 yards in a game....American Football. Oh, you mean Football! =)

    • mrloop
      mrloop Month ago

      Not too bright naming the game 'Football', though, when kicks are such a small part of the game 😊

  • Alex Combs
    Alex Combs Month ago

    An immaculate inning 9 pitches 9 strikes, or a three pitch inning

  • Jimmy Hall
    Jimmy Hall Month ago

    How is pitching a perfect game in ANY WAY more challenging that scoring 100 points in an NBA game? Only ONE person has ever scored 100 in an NBA game. Just sayin.

    • Donald Trump
      Donald Trump 15 days ago

      I think scoring 200 points in a basketball game is the hardest. Nobody has accomplished it yet.

  • Peter Matos
    Peter Matos Month ago

    Home run cycle baseball

  • Kenny Briggs
    Kenny Briggs Month ago

    Mario Lemieux's five goals five different ways

  • Samuel Walsh
    Samuel Walsh Month ago +8

    20 Strikeout game in baseball. It's happened 3 times in 150 years. Much more rare than anything on the list.

  • Zach Meyn
    Zach Meyn Month ago

    Pool and Gymnastics aren’t a sport. Don’t put them on a sports list

  • xXJMatherXx
    xXJMatherXx Month ago

    How can you justify that getting a perfect 10 in gymnastics is more rare than an unassisted triple play when a girl received 7 of them in one competition? There have been over 220,000 games played in the MLB since it's inception and only 15 unassisted triple plays have taken place. Did you even try to run any numbers for this video?

  • john murphy
    john murphy Month ago

    Good list but better highlights next time ie the drama moments that made it so spectacular!

  • Craig Balfour
    Craig Balfour Month ago +2

    Hat tricks being harder than a goalie goal? You’re mad!

  • It's LouieMoo
    It's LouieMoo Month ago

    How Mario Lemieux didn't make this list is a crime. He is the only player in NHL history to score every type of goal in 1 game. 1. An even strength. 2. A short handed. 3. A power play. 4. A penalty shot. 5. An empty net. Nobody will ever do that again.

  • Tom Kim
    Tom Kim Month ago

    (Not as extreme as mentioned here, but still noteworthy) the 8-ender in curling, where every rock must count in the rings to register.

  • Kono Buzoggu
    Kono Buzoggu Month ago +1

    Ron Hextall's shutout and goal in the same game, as a goalie in NHL?

  • michael fitzgerald
    michael fitzgerald Month ago

    How about an NHL player scoring while their team has 2 in the penalty box?

  • michael fitzgerald
    michael fitzgerald Month ago

    OJ had nice natural cutting ability

  • Quasimoto7
    Quasimoto7 Month ago

    Quintuple double

  • FearTheImpaler
    FearTheImpaler 2 months ago

    they give the stats of frequency and cant even line them up to least frequent properly..

  • Clay Miller
    Clay Miller 2 months ago

    The home run cycle happened once in all professional baseball, not once in the MLB. If I remember correctly, his name is Tyrone Horne

  • Daniel Meeker
    Daniel Meeker 2 months ago +2

    OJ Simpson rushed for 273 yds vs '76 Steelers??? Holy shit, that defense was a monster.... THAT'S impressive.

    • Xerxsion
      Xerxsion Month ago

      Then he ran from the cops.

  • Nikolai Kravets
    Nikolai Kravets 2 months ago

    Has any pro tennis player ever won 6-0 6-0 without dropping a single point? :D

  • Sparky Shore
    Sparky Shore 2 months ago

    And there hasn’t been a perfect game in baseball since.

  • Mark Rath
    Mark Rath 2 months ago +2

    Love watch mojo but you got this one wrong. One obvious example. One person in the history of the NBA scored 100 points in one game - ranked number 2. 23 people pitch a perfect game, ranked number 1. . . ?

    • VMan29397
      VMan29397 Month ago

      simple you can have a sloppy 100 point game. there is no such thing as a sloppy perfect game. you have no idea how hard it is the pressure of knowing 1 low hanging slider is the only difference between a perfect game and failure. you could make all the mistakes possible in basketball and still have a 100 point game could you not?

    • Nikolai Kravets
      Nikolai Kravets 2 months ago

      EXACTLY!!! No logic

  • Mike m
    Mike m 2 months ago

    Double hat trick in NHL? It's been done but very rare

  • Jonathan Constant
    Jonathan Constant 2 months ago

    Dammit Jim Joyce.

  • Spoony
    Spoony 2 months ago

    RIP Doc, one of the greatest.

  • jimmy james
    jimmy james 2 months ago

    What about becoming a professional athelete damn near impossible

  • Kilauea Clan
    Kilauea Clan 2 months ago

    You have to be out of your mind to not have Robert Lewandowski's 5 goals in 9 minutes as a SUB in here. That stat is not just tough, it is impossible unless your name is Robert Lewandowski!

  • The Shawn Murphy Journal

    A starting Q,B catching a T.D pass (Nick Foles) in a Superbowl game is a once in a lifetime feat

    • Daniel Meeker
      Daniel Meeker 2 months ago

      A quarterback CATCHING his own pass for a touchdown.
      (Yes, it happened -- Steve Young, 49ers & Brad Johnson, Vikings)

  • Chris
    Chris 2 months ago

    How about a six-baller in Beer Pong?

  • Gabriel Rockman
    Gabriel Rockman 2 months ago +1

    Tippy Martinez with 3 pickoffs in one inning (baseball) is one of the toughest accomplishments.

  • charles xoxo
    charles xoxo 2 months ago

    How mlb pitchers pitching a complete game.cgs are almost non existent now

  • Kim Chi
    Kim Chi 2 months ago

    20 strikeouts is harder than a perfect game.

    • Donald Trump
      Donald Trump 15 days ago

      false. A perfect game is much better.