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Brady and the distance between sports accomplishments

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Tom Brady won the Super Bowl and was the Super Bowl MVP last night.  The first time he did that was in 2002, so his first and last (so far) Super Bowl wins and MVPs  are 19 years apart.

In 1907, Ty Cobb led the league in OPS and OPS+ for the firs time.  He did it for the last time in 1925, 18 years later.

In 1941, Ted Williams led the league in Batting Average, On-Base, and OPS for the first time.  He did the same thing for his last time in 1958, 17 years later.

Barry Bonds led the league in On-Base for the firs time in 1991 and the last time in 2007 (his final season), 16 years apart.  His first and last times leading the league in OPS and OPS+ were 14 years apart.

Pete Rose led the league in hits for the first time in 1965, the last time in 1981 -- 16 years apart.

Stan Musial's first and last batting titles were 14 years apart.

Tony Gwynn's first and last batting titles were 13 years apart.

Jack Nicklaus won his first Major in 1962, his last in 1986, 24 years later.

Tiger Woods won his first Major in 1997, his last (so far) in 2019, 22 years later.

Serena Williams made her first Grand Slam final in 2001 and her last (so far) in 2019, 18 years apart. 

Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title in 2002 and her last (so far) in 2017, 15 years apart.

Rafael Nadal won his first Grand Slam title in 2005 and his last (so far) in 2020, 15 years apart.

Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam title in 2003 and his last (so far) in 2017, 14 years apart.

Gordie Howe led the NHL in goals and points for the first time in 1950-51 and the last time in 1962-63, 12 years later.

Wayne Gretzky led the NHL in points for the first time in 1979-80 and the last time in 1993-94, 14 years later.

Michael Jordan led the NBA in points per game for the first time in 1986-87, the last time in 1997-98, 11 years later.

 

Anyone have any other such notable sports firsts and lasts?

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I've seen Don Bradman's name mentioned a few times today in relation to Brady (and it's something I agree with Piers Morgan about, which is saying something).

Bradman scored his first Test match century inn 1928 and his last in 1948 - that'll be 20 years later. He was only 40 when he stopped playing though, so Brady has three more years on him.

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Chelly won the cup with Montreal in 1986 and then waited until 2002 with the Wings to win it again.   

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6 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

nice post!

Thanks.

I realized that I should have included Novak Djokovic as part of the Trinity that has dominated men's tennis for a long time, even though he came along a little later than the other two -- first Grand Slam Title in 2008, last (so far) in 2020, so a 12-year spread.  And as he is currently ranked Number One in the world, there's a good chance of more to come.

I also spotted a couple of errors in my opening post.  Ty Cobb last led the league in OPS and OPS+ in 1925, not 2025.  And the spread for Gretzky as the NHL points leader was 14 years, not 13.

Math class is hard.

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