Top 10 Toughest Single Game Accomplishments in Sports

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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Nav PreetNav Preet (1 day ago)
200 runs by an individual in one day international in cricket is rare than anything in sports

Nav PreetNav Preet (1 day ago)
200 runs by an individual in one day international in cricket is rare than anything in sports

Inigo CastroInigo Castro (2 days ago)
What about 5 goals in 1 minute? Lol

Inigo CastroInigo Castro (2 days ago)
Sorry 5 goals in 9 minutes

Dan BradleyDan Bradley (4 days ago)
Fernando Tatis hit two grand slams in the same inning. Only player ever to do so. Should've been on the list.

IamtheGam3r34IamtheGam3r34 (6 days ago)
Natural hat trick 'football' scoring three goals without another team mate scoring or the opposition scoring

jackieboy johnsonjackieboy johnson (6 days ago)
A hat trick in football is pretty common. Why not say scoring 6 goals or a double hat trick in football instead? Or a team scoring 10 goals in a match? Neither has been done in the Premier League for a start, and it's probably just as rare for the other top leagues.

James FennerJames Fenner (7 days ago)
A hatrick in cricket is waaaaaaaay tougher than in football. Also could have had a triple century in there.

Akhilesh KAkhilesh K (7 days ago)
Forget triple century, scoring 300 as a team total itself is tough.

LJ QUINNLJ QUINN (8 days ago)
10 player how it for the natural hatrick

Floris MijnenFloris Mijnen (8 days ago)
hatricks only count if you score them in one half.

Tyler CooperTyler Cooper (9 days ago)
Yeah Philadelphia lol, best sports city in the entire continent, if not potentially even the world. Don't believe me? Go rewatch at least some portions of this years NFL Draft, and that's nothing as we (Philadelphia fans) are capable of much much more.

John PrattJohn Pratt (9 days ago)
One time playing as keeper in Football, I was done with my team being crap so I dribbled through the entire team.

Poopwolf50Poopwolf50 (9 days ago)
That clip they showed about the 250 yard rusher and of course it's against the browns

09090909c090909b Meep09090909c090909b Meep (9 days ago)
Can they get someone that actually knows stuff about sports to commentate the videos

Markus BasalduaMarkus Basaldua (9 days ago)
scoring 100 points in a game

Honeydoy THoneydoy T (9 days ago)
Number one: scoring 7-1 in a World Cup semifinal.

Haz ZHaz Z (9 days ago)
Double hatrick football or soccer

rucode4rucode4 (9 days ago)
Perfect Game with every player getting a hat trick ( 11 players so 33 goals ) It has never happened

TrumanzTrumanz (9 days ago)
should have included 4 different types of goal in NHL, even strenght, powerplay, shorthanded and empty net.

the cycle in baseball is really hard to do

Nik OrtegaNik Ortega (6 hours ago)
UNKOWN ASSASSIN34 But it happens more than you think. Four homers in one game should be on here.

Xavier DabKingXavier DabKing (10 days ago)

Bobby Hill Bobby HillBobby Hill Bobby Hill (10 days ago)
5 goals 5 different ways. Mario Lemieux is only player to do it.

asbood112asbood112 (11 days ago)
'This is how OJ Simpson signed his way into history'? I thought he would go down in history for murdering his girlfriend and getting away with it.

peter millionspeter millions (12 days ago)
#1 = NHL: Scoring 200+ points in the regular season. Accomplished 4 times, by Wayne Gretzky.  And no one else.  Chamberlain was a fluke, consistency is key when determining the true difficulty of an accomplishment.

Dracoko0604Dracoko0604 (13 days ago)
no Gordie Howe hat trick? come on!

Julien TorresJulien Torres (13 days ago)
I think I'll go with the 100 points in a single basketball game.

TheHehe1223TheHehe1223 (13 days ago)
Hat trick above a hole in one?

HostageHostage (14 days ago)
100 point game. You mean ball hog

MCEntreriMCEntreri (14 days ago)
toughest thing: that one thing that has happened 23 times
Second toughest thing: only happened once.

Jay SNiKTJay SNiKT (14 days ago)
is a perfect game in baseball even possible anymore? they only play pitchers for like 3 innings, god forbid they get a hangnail or something, then they're 'injured' for like 3 weeks. baseball players and their stupid 'injuries'... smh lol

Nik OrtegaNik Ortega (6 hours ago)
Jay SNiKT Fucking moron. First of all, most pitchers throw at least 100 pitches in a single game. Second of all, do you think its easy to throw 100 pitches with a sore arm?

Toms KauperitsToms Kauperits (15 days ago)
how is #2 not #1

Sean HaughtonSean Haughton (15 days ago)
I remember when the phills played a perfect game,a year ago

Jeffy JeffyJeffy Jeffy (16 days ago)
9:22 click to skip gymnastics

KingMeeqsKingMeeqs (16 days ago)
No reverse cycle? Only 6 times in MLB history.

Randy RogersRandy Rogers (16 days ago)
Winning the Indy 500 on a bicycle is damn near impossible.

taylor Insert name heretaylor Insert name here (16 days ago)
Another great baseball accomplishment is hitting a cycle

patercaperpatercaper (16 days ago)
The 300 score in bowling isn't the hardest, the hardest is scoring 292.

SZE HON LAM 林思翰SZE HON LAM 林思翰 (16 days ago)
in the bbva league, hats tricks are so common

SZE HON LAM 林思翰SZE HON LAM 林思翰 (16 days ago)
It has only happen once in the mls... umm are you trying to say that mls is better than other leagues?

ToXiC SmurfToXiC Smurf (16 days ago)
winning the Stanley Cup as the leafs

Cobalt Is BlueCobalt Is Blue (17 days ago)
The Quintuple Double, 10 points 10 rebounds 10 assists 10 steals and 10 blocks

Tim The RedneckTim The Redneck (17 days ago)
4 homeruns in a game

Alex NormanAlex Norman (17 days ago)
They should've had the albatross/double eagle instead of a hole in one for golf. It's a lot harder to get than a hole in one.

mike dykemike dyke (17 days ago)
how about hitting .400 for a season

The CodeThe Code (17 days ago)
Ummm. Remove hat trick please. Wayyyy too common. Mario Lemiuex scoring 5 goals 5 different ways will NEVER happen again. How do you miss that obvious one? Is scoring a hat trick more impressive than 5 goals. Shoot me crotch-mojo

Phred PhishPhred Phish (17 days ago)
You missed Darryl Sittler's 10 pt. hockey game. Only done once.

Spencer AgatstonSpencer Agatston (17 days ago)
You could've made the whole list baseball

Apollo MarsApollo Mars (18 days ago)
mhh how about only getting 17 goals in one foodball season of 34 games....
barcelons record is 18 goals in 30 games
longes time without goal recieved as a keeper
right now 930 min Gianluigi Buffon.

ChriSX13ChriSX13 (18 days ago)
where's don bradman's 99.94 batting average? the very definition of outlier

ImAMelonImAMelon (19 days ago)
When I was in 4th grade I was at a glow in the dark mini golf course and my friend took a slap shot at a golf ball and it bounced off a rounded corner and he got a hole in one

Elijah WebbElijah Webb (19 days ago)
Scoring a goal 5 different ways, Mario Lemieux, December 31, 1988. Even strength, power play, short-handed, penalty shot, and empty net.

TerrorToastTerrorToast (19 days ago)
U have hattricks and then u have Lewandowski scoring 5 goals in 9 mins

Willem Cumming-GrayWillem Cumming-Gray (19 days ago)
Getting a hat-trick in cricket. meaning getting 3 batsmen out all in a row

theunwelcometheunwelcome (20 days ago)
A) 7 perfect games in the past 7 years, Jim Joyce is an embarrassment and that game should count (even if Cleveland was pretty hapless that year)

B) stop saying football when you mean soccer, and American football when you mean football. giving the Eurotrash more ammunition is never welcome, ever.

C) you started the list with golf, you are fired.

Anthony PapolAnthony Papol (20 days ago)
Hitting for the cycle

levi thompsonlevi thompson (17 days ago)
Anthony Papol how about hitting for the cycle and getting 15 rbi s

rexerexer66rexerexer66 (20 days ago)
I have witnessed a no hitter

Cody GurnickCody Gurnick (20 days ago)
what about 4 homers in a single game? only been done 8 times.

Thomas BrownThomas Brown (20 days ago)
Scoring 5 different goals in a single NHL game (5 on 5, Short Handed, Powerplay, Penalty Shot and Empty Net)

Cole HarrisCole Harris (21 day ago)
1. The 4 minute mile shouldn't be on here, since she said it was the benchmark for professional runners
2. Perfect game is number one since there have only been 23 out of 200,000+ games

GoobtardGoobtard (21 day ago)
They really exaggerate how difficult it is to get a hat-trick in football, they happen all the time. What is more rare is the "Perfect Hat-trick", where a player scores one goal with their right foot, one with the left and one with their head

Paul SchallerPaul Schaller (21 day ago)
900 series in Bowling, perfect game time 3.

Willem van KalsbeekWillem van Kalsbeek (21 day ago)
"What is the greatest induvidual accomplisment..." and they put a teameffort perfect baseball game in number one.

Joshua BaileyJoshua Bailey (21 day ago)
Golden slam in tennis- winning all 4 grand slam tournaments in one year

NervousGoreNervousGore (22 days ago)
I only saw soccer on this list once so would that consider the most boring and easiest sport

Emmie JEmmie J (23 days ago)
You all should start a mojosports channel!

Chris GillChris Gill (23 days ago)
Scoring a goal as a goalie is hard, unless you're Ron Hextall...

Andrew LaytonAndrew Layton (23 days ago)
DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak.

buckg20buckg20 (24 days ago)
The NHL goalies accomplishment could be a little more specific. There have been 14 credited goals scored by 11 different goaltenders but only 7 of those goals were actually shot by the goaltender and only 6 goaltenders have done it.

Steve LovellSteve Lovell (24 days ago)
Only four perfect rounds of 18 at Putt-Putt in nearly sixty of professional minigolf.

Joshua HoldawayJoshua Holdaway (24 days ago)
A perfect game in baseball is so difficult. You have to literally be PERFECT

Rich AuclairRich Auclair (25 days ago)
Happy Gilmore scored a hole in one on a par 4

rdinnan82rdinnan82 (25 days ago)
Mario Lemieux scoring a goal 5 different ways in a game! Only person to ever do it.

lechuck333lechuck333 (25 days ago)
The Mario: Five goals in five different ways in a single game (even strength, power play, short handed, penalty shot, empty net).

One Tiny Mad ManOne Tiny Mad Man (25 days ago)
A real hattrick is actually three goals in the same half of the game.

21staz21staz (25 days ago)
Hat-trick in cricket is a lot harder than in soccer! In cricket it's not about taking 3 wickets, but taking then all in a row, ball after ball after ball.

Christian LoomisChristian Loomis (28 days ago)
Darryl sittler 10 point game

Andrej ŠubeljAndrej Šubelj (29 days ago)
Chamberlain did this without scoring 3 pointers - Watchmojo making it look like Wilt could shoot from distance.

Chris MarshallChris Marshall (1 month ago)
four homeruns in one game

Ben McCoyBen McCoy (1 month ago)
What about the perfect over in cricket where you hit a 6 every ball in that over

JoshDoneJoshDone (1 month ago)
NHL goalies scoring only 14 times isn't all that rare, considering that the first, Ron Hextall, happened in 1987. So once every two years? Not as rare as some other feats, like Mario Lemieux scoring in every possible game situation (which I doubt will ever be duplicated).

Jackson VailJackson Vail (1 month ago)
How about the cycle? In baseball you have to hit a single, double, triple, and a home run in a single game.

Jackson VailJackson Vail (1 month ago)
Or how about a KC Royals pitcher being so bad that he allowed 9 runs including a grand slam in the first inning

Boo PooBoo Poo (1 month ago)
I think getting 4 home runs in a game is better then a perfect game. Less people have got 4 home runs in a game then a perfect game

Hans AndersonHans Anderson (1 month ago)
only one person has scored everyway in one hockey game (even strength, short handed, power play, penalty shot and empty net) . that should have been number one

Scott LangleyScott Langley (1 month ago)
Natural hat trick

Stephen HodgsonStephen Hodgson (1 month ago)
How about 10 wickets for 10 runs in a First Class cricket game? or 19 out of 20 wickets in a Test Cricket match or maybe 501 runs in a single innings of a First class cricket match?

Chris SherlockChris Sherlock (1 month ago)
a 147 requires 36 shots with no errors and takes 15-20 that is easily the hardest 9 darter being second

Pat GibbonsPat Gibbons (1 month ago)
Sittler's 10 point game doesn't even rate an honorable mention. Gretzky didn't even do that and no one will ever come close to it.

AbyssalkidAbyssalkid (1 month ago)
what about scoring 5 different ways in a hockey game? That totally should've been #1

J. SykesJ. Sykes (1 month ago)
1500m isn't a mile...

William MULLINWilliam MULLIN (1 month ago)
A hayrick in cricket is by far the hardest to get

Cainer35Cainer35 (1 month ago)
what about hitting for the cycle?

Pyrde PavkkiPyrde Pavkki (1 month ago)
I think three-time hattrick is biggest thing in ice hockey

Caleb HilsenbeckCaleb Hilsenbeck (1 month ago)
How the heck is a perfect game in baseball harder than 100 points in basketball?

Fred LoopsFred Loops (1 month ago)
Surely a cricket hat trick is harder

nhoj ZeroOnenhoj ZeroOne (1 month ago)
When I still played football (soccer), I scored as the goalkeeper three times in total. Hard af

Rasmus JuhlinRasmus Juhlin (1 month ago)
a 6-0 6-0 6-0 in a grand slam tennis match

DASCO2136DASCO2136 (1 month ago)
How about hitting a grand slam home run in your first at bat in the major leagues, on the very first pitch.

Only happened once in baseball, Kevin Kuzmonoff in 2006 for the Cleveland Indians

Shane FaceShane Face (1 month ago)
Bowling a 900 series in bowling. That means you have to bowl 36 strikes in a row. I would put that in the level of pitching a perfect game in baseball. Not an honorable mention.

UrbanMender540 Gaming,and moreUrbanMender540 Gaming,and more (1 month ago)
I thought rushing 250yards was easy then I realized there's defenders :-/

Lukas BuxLukas Bux (1 month ago)
5 goals in 9 minutes lewandowski

ZiPolishHammerZiPolishHammer (1 month ago)
4 minute mile and perfect 10 don't belong anywhere near this list. Neither track nor gymnastics is a "game" so how can either be considered a single "game" achievement. Furthermore the 4 minute mile is no longer an impressive feat for top middle distance runners, and gymnastics is rated subjectively so achievements can't be compared in any meaningful decisive way.

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