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Unbreakable because...

That Cubs' season was extended beyond the usual 162-game schedule by a best-of-three tiebreaker series. Under current MLB rules, those ties are settled by playing a single game, so the maximum games possible in any regular season is 163.

Unbreakable because...

The top dozen single-season totals in MLB history all occurred before the league was integrated, and Wilson's is the highest total ever. The rise of defensive shifting and intentional walks since then have denied any individual player the opportunity to drive in so many runs by himself.

Unbreakable because...

Sutcliffe was sent to the Cubs in the middle of the season from the Cleveland Indians, an American League team. The 1984 season predated interleague play, which helped him dominate opposing batters who had never seen him pitch before. He wouldn't have that same element of surprise in today's game. Plus, any pitcher needs incredible run support to maintain such a winning percentage.

Unbreakable because...

The infamous "curse" was enabled by an unimaginable streak of bad luck and mismanagement. Playing in MLB's third-largest media market, the Cubs have the resources to assemble competitive teams on a relatively consistent basis.

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