Athlete: Cy Young
Teams: Cleveland Spiders/Naps; St. Louis Perfectos; Boston Americans/Red Sox/Rustlers
In one of the most untouchable sports records ever, Cy Young compiled 511 wins during an era devoid of pitch counts, prospect coddling, and musclebound mashers. Evolution of the game aside, no modern pitcher will even have the opportunity to pass his record. Young started 815 games, also the most in baseball history. Greg Maddux, who retired with 355 career wins and was one of few modern players within squinting distance of Young’s record, started 740 games.