Every Triple Crown winner in MLB history
Obtaining a Triple Crown in baseball is one of the most difficult accomplishments in the sport, since a player must be ranked first in the American League or second in the National League in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. However, it was far more prevalent in the first half of the twentieth century, but it has become much less common in recent years: It had been 45 years since the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera won the American League Triple Crown with the Tigers. Since the inception of the official statistic of RBIs in 1920, the Major League Baseball has seen a total of 10 players win a total of 12 Triple Crowns.
2012 – Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers (American League): Miggy was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball in 45 years, batting.330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs.
Cabrera’s performance drove him to the first of two consecutive American League MVP awards.
For the Hall of Famer, all three of those marks were career highs.
- The Cincinnati Reds transferred Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles (AL) in December 1965 in exchange for three players, one of them being Frank Robinson, who was about to enter his 30th season.
- Robinson won the MVP Award for the second time as a result of his performances, giving him one in each league for the first time since winning the award for Cincinnati in 1961.
- 1956 – Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees (American League and Major League Baseball):Mantle beat out the competition in batting average (.353) and RBIs (130), but he blasted away the competition in home runs.
- Not unexpectedly, Mantle won the American League MVP Award for the first time in back-to-back seasons, and the first of three in his career.
- A year after being the last Major League player to bat at least.400, a 23-year-old Splendid Splinter hit.356 with 36 home runs and 137 RBIs in 1942, making him the only player in Major League history to do it.
- In the next season, Williams batted.343, hit 32 home runs, and drove in 114 runs, bringing him back to the Triple Crown.
- 1937 – Joe Medwick of the St.
With a.374 batting average, 31 home runs, and 154 RBIs, the future Hall of Fame left fielder set career highs while also leading the league in slugging (.641), runs (111), hits (237), and doubles (56).
In 1934, a 31-year-old Gehrig led the American League in batting average (.363) and also led the American League in on-base percentage (.465 and a.706 slugging percentage) for the New York Yankees (both in the American League and the Major League Baseball).
Amazingly, the Iron Horse finished sixth in a tight fight for the American League MVP Award, including second among the New York Yankees.
The Hall of Famer had smacked 58 home runs and drove in 169 runs the year before, but he fell short of winning the batting title despite a.364 batting average.
Chuck Klein of the Philadelphia Phillies (National League) in 1933: In 1933, not only did baseball have two Triple Crown champions, but the city of Philadelphia also had two Triple Crown winners.
Klein also led the league in on-base percentage (.422), slugging percentage (.602), hits (223) and doubles (44), yet he finished second in the race for the National League MVP Award after winning the award the year before.
Rogers Hornsby, St.
Those two wins coincided with the only home run titles of Hornsby’s career, as he hit.401 with 42 home runs and 152 RBIs in ’22 and.403 with 39 home runs and 143 driven in in ’25, to earn his first and second crowns, respectively.
Heinie Zimmerman of the Chicago Cubs (National League) hit.372 with 14 home runs and 104 RBIs in 1912.
1901 – Nap Lajoie (Philadelphia Athletics (AL)):.426, 14 home runs, 125 RBIs Hugh Duffy of the Boston Beaneaters (National League) hit.440 with 18 home runs and 145 RBIs in 1894.
1878 – Paul Hines, Providence Grays (National League):.358, four home runs, 50 RBIs Tip O’Neill, St. Louis Browns (National League):.435, 14 home runs, 123 RBIs in 1887. * Before 1920, the number of runs batted in was not an official statistic.
MLB Triple Crown Winners
For batters, the triple crown categories are batting average, home runs, and runs batted in; for pitchers, the triple crown categories are wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.
|Year Lg||Player||Team/(BA, HR, RBI)|
|2012 AL||Miguel Cabrera||DET.330, 44 HR, 139 RBI|
|1967 AL||Carl Yastrzemski||BOS.326, 44 HR, 121 RBI|
|1966 AL||Frank Robinson||BAL.316, 49 HR, 122 RBI|
|1956 AL||Mickey Mantle||NYY.353, 52 HR, 130 RBI|
|1947 AL||Ted Williams||BOS.343, 32 HR, 114 RBI|
|1942 AL||Ted Williams||BOS.356, 36 HR, 137 RBI|
|1942 NAL||Ted Strong||KCM.364, 6 HR, 32 RBI|
|1942 NN2||Lennie Pearson||TOT.347, 11 HR, 56 RBI|
|1937 NL||Joe Medwick||STL.374, 31 HR, 154 RBI|
|1937 NN2||Josh Gibson||HG.417, 20 HR, 73 RBI|
|1936 NN2||Josh Gibson||PC.389, 18 HR, 66 RBI|
|1934 AL||Lou Gehrig||NYY.363, 49 HR, 166 RBI|
|1933 AL||Jimmie Foxx||PHA.356, 48 HR, 163 RBI|
|1933 NL||Chuck Klein||PHI.368, 28 HR, 120 RBI|
|1930 NNL||Willie Wells||SLS.411, 17 HR, 114 RBI|
|1926 NNL||Mule Suttles||SLS.425, 32 HR, 130 RBI|
|1925 ECL||Oscar Charleston||HBG.427, 20 HR, 97 RBI|
|1925 NL||Rogers Hornsby||STL.403, 39 HR, 143 RBI|
|1924 ECL||Oscar Charleston||HBG.405, 15 HR, 63 RBI|
|1923 NNL||Heavy Johnson||KCM.406, 20 HR, 120 RBI|
|1922 NL||Rogers Hornsby||STL.401, 42 HR, 152 RBI|
|1921 NNL||Oscar Charleston||SLG.433, 15 HR, 91 RBI|
|1912 NL||Heinie Zimmerman||CHC.372, 14 HR, 104 RBI|
|1909 AL||Ty Cobb||DET.377, 9 HR, 107 RBI|
|1901 AL||Nap Lajoie||PHA.426, 14 HR, 125 RBI|
|1887 AA||Tip O’Neill||STL.435, 14 HR, 123 RBI|
|1878 NL||Paul Hines||PRO.358, 4 HR, 50 RBI|
|Year Lg||Player||Team/(W-L, ERA, SO)|
|2020 AL||Shane Bieber||CLE 8-1, 1.63, 122 SO|
|2011 AL||Justin Verlander||DET 24-5, 2.40, 250 SO|
|2011 NL||Clayton Kershaw||LAD 21-5, 2.28, 248 SO|
|2007 NL||Jake Peavy||SDP 19-6, 2.54, 240 SO|
|2006 AL||Johan Santana||MIN 19-6, 2.77, 245 SO|
|2002 NL||Randy Johnson||ARI 24-5, 2.32, 334 SO|
|1999 AL||Pedro Martinez||BOS 23-4, 2.07, 313 SO|
|1998 AL||Roger Clemens||TOR 20-6, 2.65, 271 SO|
|1997 AL||Roger Clemens||TOR 21-7, 2.05, 292 SO|
|1985 NL||Dwight Gooden||NYM 24-4, 1.53, 268 SO|
|1972 NL||Steve Carlton||PHI 27-10, 1.97, 310 SO|
|1966 NL||Sandy Koufax||LAD 27-9, 1.73, 317 SO|
|1965 NL||Sandy Koufax||LAD 26-8 (2 SV), 2.04, 382 SO|
|1963 NL||Sandy Koufax||LAD 25-5, 1.88, 306 SO|
|1945 AL||Hal Newhouser||DET 25-9 (2 SV), 1.81, 212 SO|
|1944 NAL||Satchel Paige||KCM 6-3, 0.72, 85 SO|
|1943 NN2||Johnny Wright||HG 18-3 (1 SV), 2.54, 94 SO|
|1940 AL||Bob Feller||CLE 27-11 (4 SV), 2.61, 261 SO|
|1939 NL||Bucky Walters||CIN 27-11, 2.29, 137 SO|
|1938 NN2||Ray Brown||HG 14-0 (3 SV), 1.88, 70 SO|
|1937 AL||Lefty Gomez||NYY 21-11, 2.33, 194 SO|
|1934 AL||Lefty Gomez||NYY 26-5 (2 SV), 2.33, 158 SO|
|1934 NN2||Slim Jones||PS 20-4 (2 SV), 1.24, 164 SO|
|1931 AL||Lefty Grove||PHA 31-4 (5 SV), 2.06, 175 SO|
|1930 AL||Lefty Grove||PHA 28-5 (9 SV), 2.54, 209 SO|
|1924 AL||Walter Johnson||WSH 23-7, 2.72, 158 SO|
|1924 NL||Dazzy Vance||BRO 28-6, 2.16, 262 SO|
|1920 NL||Pete Alexander||CHC 27-14 (5 SV), 1.91, 173 SO|
|1918 AL||Walter Johnson||WSH 23-13 (3 SV), 1.27, 162 SO|
|1918 NL||Hippo Vaughn||CHC 22-10, 1.74, 148 SO|
|1916 NL||Pete Alexander||PHI 33-12 (3 SV), 1.55, 167 SO|
|1915 NL||Pete Alexander||PHI 31-10 (3 SV), 1.22, 241 SO|
|1913 AL||Walter Johnson||WSH 36-7 (2 SV), 1.14, 243 SO|
|1908 NL||Christy Mathewson||NYG 37-11 (5 SV), 1.43, 259 SO|
|1905 AL||Rube Waddell||PHA 27-10, 1.48, 287 SO|
|1905 NL||Christy Mathewson||NYG 31-9 (3 SV), 1.28, 206 SO|
|1901 AL||Cy Young||BOS 33-10, 1.62, 158 SO|
|1894 NL||Amos Rusie||NYG 36-13 (1 SV), 2.78, 195 SO|
|1889 NL||John Clarkson||BSN 49-19 (1 SV), 2.73, 284 SO|
|1888 NL||Tim Keefe||NYG 35-12, 1.74, 335 SO|
|1884 AA||Guy Hecker||LOU 52-20, 1.80, 385 SO|
|1884 NL||Old Hoss Radbourn||PRO 60-12 (1 SV), 1.38, 441 SO|
|1877 NL||Tommy Bond||BSN 40-17, 2.11, 170 SO|
Triple Crown in Baseball
To win the Triple Crown, a hitter must rank first in his own League in each of the following three hitting statistics: on-base percentage, on-base percentage plus slugging percentage, and on-base percentage plus batting average. Home runs are number one. Batting average is number two. 3: The number of runs batted in. In order to be considered for a Triple Crown performance, all three categories must be either the leader or tied at the end of the season. The fact that a player just leads in two categories is frequently considered a significant accomplishment, and few players have ever gotten close to it.
Did you know that Ty Cobb, during his Triple Crown season (1909), led the American League in stolen bases with 76, making him the first player in history to win the Triple Crown while also leading his league in stolen bases?
Baseball Almanac and Major League Baseball, for example, have changed his RBI total from one hundred three to ninety-nine as a result of the correction.
The Mickey Mantle Triple Crown Trophy has been awarded to Mickey Mantle. In baseball, the Triple Crown refers to the following:
- At the conclusion of the season, a batter who ranks first in three key categories – home runs, runs batted in, and batting average
- A pitcher who (at the end of the season) is in the top three of the league in three key categories: earned run average, wins, and strikeouts
One of the league’s best batters, as measured by home runs, runs batted in, and batting average at the conclusion of the season. When the season comes to a close, a pitcher’s earned run average, wins, and strikeouts are all among the highest in the league.
- The last Triple Crown winner was Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox in 1967
- The last American League Triple Crown winner (who led the AL in all three categories) was Joe Medwick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1937
- The only two-time winner was Rogers Hornsby of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1922 and 1925
- And Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox in 1942 and 1947.
- Last Triple Crown Winner (led the American League in all three categories): Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins (2006)
- Last American League Triple Crown Winner (led the American League in all three categories): Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins (2006)
- Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the National League Triple Crown in 2002, becoming the last player to do so (lead the NL in all three categories). The player with the most Triple Crowns is Grover Cleveland Alexander, who has four (PHI-N in 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1920
- CHI-N in 1920).
Batting Triple Crown winners
|1922||Rogers Hornsby||St. Louis||42||152||.401|
|1925||Rogers Hornsby||St. Louis||39||143||.403|
|1937||Joe Medwick||St. Louis||31||154||.374|
American League winners
|1934||Lou Gehrig||New York||49||165||.363|
|1956||Mickey Mantle||New York||52||130||.353|
American Association winners
|1887||Tip O’Neill||St. Louis||14||123||.435|
Pitching Triple Crown winners
|1888||Tim Keefe||N.Y. Giants||1.74||35||333|
|1894||Amos Rusie||N.Y. Giants||2.78||36||195|
|1905||Christy Mathewson||N.Y. Giants||1.27||31||206|
|1908||Christy Mathewson||N.Y. Giants||1.43||37||259|
|1963||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles||1.88||25||306|
|1965||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles||2.04||26||382|
|1966||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles||1.73||27||317|
|1985||Dwight Gooden||N.Y. Mets||1.53||24||268|
American League winners
|1934||Lefty Gómez||New York||2.33||26||158|
|1937||Lefty Gómez||New York||2.33||21||194|
American Association winners
|1884||Guy Hecker||Louisville Colonels||1.80||52||385|
Major League Triple Crown
A player who has won a Triple Crown is typically referred to as having done so because he or she was in the top three of their respective leagues in all three categories. The Major League Triple Crown, which is a superior but less often occurrence, occurs when a player leads the whole major leagues in each of the three categories, rather than just his own league, is won by the player. There have only been five hitters and eight pitchers who have accomplished this feat since the founding of the American League in 1901, although Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Lefty Grove have all done it twice in the pitching department, and Sandy Koufax has done it three times in the batting department.
Major League Winners – batting
|1925||Rogers Hornsby||St. Louis (NL)||39||143||.403|
|1934||Lou Gehrig||New York (AL)||49||165||.363|
|1942||Ted Williams||Boston (AL)||36||137||.356|
|1956||Mickey Mantle||New York (AL)||52||130||.353|
Major League Winners – pitching
|1913||Walter Johnson||Washington (AL)||1.09||36||243|
|1915||Grover Alexander||Philadelphia (NL)||1.22||31||241|
|1917||Grover Alexander||Philadelphia (NL)||1.86||30||201|
|1918||Walter Johnson||Washington (AL)||1.27||23||162|
|1930||Lefty Grove||Philadelphia (AL)||2.54||28||209|
|1931||Lefty Grove||Philadelphia (AL)||2.06||31||175|
|1963||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles (NL)||1.88||25||306|
|1965||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles (NL)||2.04||26||382|
|1966||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles (NL)||1.73||27||317|
|1985||Dwight Gooden||New York (NL)||1.53||24||268|
What is the Triple Crown Award in Baseball for Hitters and Pitchers?
Major league baseball has a long and illustrious history of individual accomplishments, landmarks, and honors.
The Triple Crown is considered to be one of the most difficult accolades for any baseball player to earn. So, what exactly is a triple crown winner, how many have there been in history, and more are all covered in this article. More information may be found in the section below.
What is the Batting Triple Crown in Baseball?
A triple crown champion is an American League or National League player who has the greatest batting average, the most home runs, and the most RBI totals in the league’s regular season and postseason. If a player leads the Major League Baseball in each of these three categories, he or she is awarded the Major League Triple Crown. Obtaining this honor is incredibly tough due to the fact that hitting for power and average is relatively unusual.
How Rare is it to Win the Batting Triple Crown Award?
Until the end of August 2021, only seventeen golfers have won the Triple Crown of golfing success. In order to demonstrate how unusual this achievement is, below is a list of some of the most recent Triple Crown award winners: If you wish to see the whole list of players who have achieved this status in baseball, you may visit Baseball-Reference.
- Among those who have achieved notable success are Miguel Cabrerain in 2012 for the Detroit Tigers (.330 average, 44 home runs, and 139 RBI’s)
- Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 for the Boston Red Sox (.326 average, 44 home runs, and 121 RBI’s)
- Frank Robinson in 1966 for the Baltimore Orioles (.316 average, 49 home runs, and 122 RBI’s)
- Mickey Mantlein in 1956 for the New York Yankees (.353 average
Is the MLB Triple Crown Award for Hitters a Good Award?
Some may argue that determining the top hitter in the league should not be based just on home run totals, but rather on a variety of factors. One advanced statistic, baseball OPS, is more important than the others since it takes into consideration the quality of getting on base through walks. Walks may not appear to be significant, but consider the events of 2004, specifically the plight of Barry Bonds. With 120 deliberate walks in a season in 2004, Barry Bonds set a new record for the most intentional walks in a season.
Barry Bonds would not have been able to lead the league in the conventional three categories for the triple crown if he had not been given the opportunity to hit 120 times.
Jimmie Foxx, Joe Medwick, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, and Miguel Cabrera are just a few of the players who have taken home both trophies.
Has Anyone Won the Triple Crown Twice for Hitters?
Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams are the only two players who have won the Triple Crown on two separate occasions. Rogers Hornsby achieved this feat twice during his career, in 1922 and 1925, while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Ted Williams was able to win the award twice with the Boston Red Sox, in 1942 and 1947, both times while playing for the team.
What is the Batting Quadruple Crown Award?
The batting quadruple crown award adds another dimension to the regular triple crown honor, which already includes three elements. The extra stat line in the quadruple crown award has the most hits in the league, according to the league’s statistics. As a result, in order to win the quadruple crown title in one season, you must have the most hits, the greatest batting average, the most home runs, and the most RBIs.
What is the Pitching Triple Crown?
While the conventional batting triple crown is awarded to players who hit the most home runs, baseball now recognizes a pitching triple crown for pitchers who have the best record in the league. The pitching triple crown is awarded to the pitcher who has the best record in the league in terms of wins, strikeouts, and earned run average in a single season.
While a pitcher can exert control over his or her strikeouts and earned run average, he or she cannot always influence the outcome of a game.
How Rare is it to Win the Pitching Triple Crown Award?
As of August 2021, there have been a total of 28 different winners of the pitching triple crown title. The following is a list of some of the most recent recipients of this prize, along with brief biographical information about them. If you want to see the entire list, you can go to MLB.com and look at all of the splits.
- Among the best pitchers in the league are Shane Bieberof the Cleveland Indians (8 wins, 1.63 ERA, 122 strikeouts)
- Justin Verlanderof the Detroit Tigers (24 wins, 2.40 ERA, 250 strikeouts)
- Clayton Kershawof the Los Angeles Dodgers (21 wins, 2.28 ERA, 248 strikeouts)
- Jake Peavyof the San Diego Padres (19 wins, 2.54 ERA, 245 strikeouts)
- Johan Santanaof the Minnesota
Is the MLB Triple Crown Award for Pitchers a Good Award?
One typical criticism leveled towards the Triple Crown in pitching is the necessity for a winning record in the wins column. A pitcher’s ability to earn victories is dependent on their offense scoring enough runs and their bullpen not blowing a lead late in a game. In contrast to the hitting award, which is nearly entirely dependent on the batter, the pitching award is dependent on a number of circumstances that are beyond the control of the pitcher. Another criticism leveled at this honor is from advanced metrics indicating that the top pitcher in the league is determined by his or her WHIP.
Despite the fact that he will not win the Triple Crown because he will not have the most victories in a season, the vast majority of baseball fans and players will agree that he is the finest pitcher in the game.
Despite this, baseball pitchers took home the Triple Crown in MLB pitching as well as the MVP award that season.
One typical criticism leveled towards the Triple Crown of pitching is the necessity for a winning record in the wins column. A pitcher’s ability to earn victories is dependent on their offense scoring enough runs and their bullpen not blowing a lead late in a contest. It is more difficult to win the pitching award than the hitting award since it is dependent on elements that are beyond the control of the pitcher. Furthermore, advanced statistics demonstrate that the top pitcher in the league is determined by his or her earned run average (WHIP).
Despite the fact that he will not win the Triple Crown because he will not have the most victories in a season, the vast majority of baseball fans and players will agree that he is the finest pitcher in the sport.
In spite of this, baseball pitchers took home the Triple Crown of MLB pitching as well as the MVP award for the season.
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What is the Triple Crown in Baseball? (Detailed Explanation)
We rely on the generosity of our readers. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of our affiliate links, we may receive a commission. In addition, we get commissions from eligible Amazon sales because we are an Amazon affiliate. The Triple Crown is considered to be one of the most difficult accomplishments in all of sports. It is the subject of the greatest discussion in the horse racing industry. When a thoroughbred wins the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes all in the same year, the horse is referred to be a “Triple Crown champion.” During the period from 1875 to the present, just 13 Triple Crown winners have been recorded, with Sir Barton being the first in 1919 and Justify being the most recent in 2018.
Your purpose for being here is to watch baseball, which has its own variations of the Triple Crown.
The Triple Crown is awarded to a player who is the best in his league in all three categories.
Nonetheless, it is a commendable achievement that should be recognized as such.
A Note About the “Award”
The Triple Crown is frequently referred to as a prize, however it should be viewed more as a recognition of achievement than as a reward. Every year, journalists vote on awards like as the Cy Young, Most Valuable Player, and Rookie of the Year, among other categories. The Triple Crown is neither an annual honor presented to players, nor does it require a vote to be awarded. Despite the fact that players may continue to get prizes such as trophies and plaques, they should not be compared to other accolades that honour some of the top players in the game today.
Triple Crown Batting Winners
The following is a list of batters who have achieved the Triple Crown in baseball:
- The following players were born in the year 2012: Miguel Cabrera – 2012, American League
- Carl Yastrzemski – 1967, American League
- Frank Robinson – 1966, American League
- Mickey Mantle – 1956, American League
- Ted Williams – 1947, American League
- Ted Williams – 1942, American League
- Joe Medwick – 1937, National League
- Lou Gehrig – 1934, American League
- Jimmie Foxx – 1933, American League
- Chuck Klein – 1933, National League
One will see later in the essay that, while winning the pitching Triple Crown is still difficult, it is far easier than winning the batting Triple Crown, which had been unattainable for 45 years until Miguel Cabrera achieved it in 2012. Cabrera tore up the American League that season, hitting.330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBI in 139 games. He went on to win the Most Valuable Player title for the season after his debut. They went on to win the American League and the World Series, but were defeated by the San Francisco Giants in the championship game.
- 1933 was a historic year for the Triple Crown, as it was the first and only time a player from both the American and National Leagues was awarded the honor in the same season.
- Jimmie Foxx of the Philadelphia Athletics had a.356 batting average with 48 home runs and 163 RBI in the American League this season.
- While Foxx was voted the league’s most valuable player, Klein is one of the few Triple Crown champions who did not get the league’s most valuable player award.
- Unfortunately, neither of the players’ teams advanced to the postseason that year, as a result.
- Williams of the Boston Red Sox accomplished this feat in 1942, when he hit.356 with 36 home runs and 134 RBI, and again in 1947, when he hit.343 with 32 home runs and 114 RBI.
- Louis Cardinals, batted over.400 on both occasions he was awarded the trophy.
In 1922, he hit.401 with 42 home runs and 152 RBI, enough for third in the American League. He increased his batting average to.403 in 1925, but his home run and RBI totals fell somewhat to 39 and 143, respectively, as a result of the Great Depression.
Triple Crown Pitching Winners
The list of pitchers who have won a pitching Triple Crown is far longer than the list of batters who have won a throwing Triple Crown. Here are several pitchers who have been at the top of their league in terms of wins, strikeouts, and earned run average:
- The following pitchers have been selected to the All-Star team: Shane Bieber (2020, AL)
- Justin Verlander (2011, AL)
- Clayton Kershaw (2011, NL)
- Jake Peavy (2007)
- Johan Santana (2006)
- Randy Johnson (2002)
- Pedro Martinez (1999, AL)
- Roger Clemens (1998)
- Dwight Gooden (1985, NL)
- Steve Carlton (1972, NL)
- Hal Newhouser (45, AL)
- Bob Feller (40, AL)
As can be seen, there have been a greater number of pitchers who have won this honor in more recent years. In the 50 years since 1967, just one batter has managed to accomplish this feat. Since that same year, a total of 11 pitchers have accomplished this feat. Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians is the most recent Triple Crown pitcher, having compiled an 8-1 record with 122 strikeouts and a 1.63 earned run average during the COVID-shortened 2020 season. However, despite the fact that it is simple to place an asterisk next to Bieber’s feat, he was so dominant in comparison to his predecessors that many have not even given it a second thought as to whether or not his Triple Crown should be included in the record books.
- 2011 was a memorable year for baseball, as Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers each won the Triple Crown in their respective leagues.
- In addition to winning the American League Cy Young Award, Verlander also won the Most Valuable Player Award, which is generally given to batters.
- Kershaw did not win the MVP award during his Triple Crown season, but he did so later in the year in 2014.
- His MVP season was 1986, but those two seasons in the late 1990s were as dominant as any of his career.
- His figures the next year were slightly less impressive, but they were still enough to propel him to the top of the American League, where he finished with a 20-6 record, 271 strikeouts, and a 2.65 earned run average.
- Koufax, who was renowned for his deadly curveball, dominated the major leagues from 1963 and 1966, with 1964 being the only year during that span in which he did not win the Triple Crown of baseball.
- Johnson won his first Triple Crown when he was 25 years old in 1913, and his final one when he was 36 years old in 1924.
It was more typical to win the Triple Crown during Johnson’s era of baseball, as three pitchers, including Alexander, earned the Triple Crown between his first and last World Series appearance.
Triple Crowns in Other Leagues
Beginning in 2020, Major League Baseball will begin incorporating the records of the Negro National Leagues and the Eastern Colored Leagues in their respective record books, replacing the previous practice. There were a number of Triple Crown champions among the participants in these leagues who should be mentioned. Here are a few examples of Negro League hitters who have achieved this feat:
- Josh Gibson – 1937, NN2, Josh Gibson – 1936, NN2
- Willie Wells – 1930, NNL
- Mule Suttles – 1926, NNL
- Oscar Charleston – 1925, ECL
- Oscar Charleston – 1924, ECL
- Heavy Johnson – 1923, NNL
- Oscar Charleston – 1921, NNL
- Ted Strong – 1942, NAL
- Lennie Pearson – 1942, NN2
- Josh Gibson – 1937,
NN2; Josh Gibson – 1937, NN2, Josh Gibson – 1936, NN2; Willie Wells – 1930, NNL; Mule Suttles – 1926, NNL; Oscar Charleston – 1925, ECL; Heavy Johnson – 1923, NNL; Oscar Charleston – 1921, NNL; Ted Strong – 1942, NAL; Lennie Pearson – 1942, NN2; Josh Gibson – 1937, NN2; Josh Gibson – 1936,
- Satchel Paige – 1944, NAL
- Johnny Wright – 1943, NN2
- Ray Brown – 1938, NN2
- Slim Jones – 1934, NN2
- Satchel Paige – 1944, NAL
- Satchel Paige – 1944
There have only been two Triple Crown winners in the American Association, which was another professional league in the 1800s. One was Tip O’Neill in 1987 and another was Guy Hecker in 1984.
What is the Quadruple Crown in baseball?
A player wins the quadruple crown if he is the best player in his league in terms of batting average, home runs, runs batted in, RBI, and hits. It is far more difficult to achieve than the Triple Crown, with just two people having done it in history: Ty Cobb in 1909 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. There is no such thing as a quadruple crown in the sport of pitching at this time.
Has anyone ever led all Major Leagues in the Triple Crown categories?
There has never been a player who has led all of the Major Leagues in all of the Triple Crown categories, according to the findings of research.
Is a Triple Crown accomplishment a lock for the Hall of Fame?
While the majority of players who accomplish this accomplishment are inducted into the Hall of Fame, it is not a certainty that a player will be inducted into Cooperstown. Heine Zimmerman and Miguel Cabrera (who is ineligible for the Hall of Fame) are the only Triple Crown winners who are not inducted into the Hall of Fame. Bieber, Kershaw, Verlander, Peavy, Santana, and Gooden are the only Triple Crown winning pitchers who are not in Cooperstown, though Kershaw and Verlander appear to be on their way there once they retire.
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An excerpt from “The Runmakers: A New Way to Rate Baseball Players,” a book published by Harvard University Press. An excerpt from “The Runmakers: A New Way to Rate Baseball Players,” a book published by Harvard University Press. Note from the editor: The following is an extract from the book that follows. There is a new way to rate baseball players called the Runmakers. ‘Frederick E. Taylor’ is a fictional character created by author Frederick E. Taylor. The Johns Hopkins University Press published 272 pages in 2011.
- To succeed in baseball, a batter must hit a round ball with a round bat, and alter his swing in a fraction of a second to fastballs traveling at 100 miles per hour, curveballs that cause back pain, and, occasionally, knuckleballs that mirror the flight patterns of nearsighted moths.
- fails seven times out of every ten at bats.” — Ted Williams, Ted Williams’ Hit List, Ted Williams’ Hit List It has been 43 years since a baseball player has won the Triple Crown in baseball, the highest honor in the sport (leading the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in).
- Previously, in the preceding 41 years, it had been done nine times, for an average of around once every four and a half years throughout that period.
- It should be noted that Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers went on to win the Triple Crown in baseball in 2012, just a few months after this article was written.
- The Triple Crown has always been a tough feat to achieve.
- It hasn’t been nearly as tough in the American League, where it has only been completed nine times in 109 years, or once every 12.1 years on average.
- Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams are the only two players in baseball history to have won the Triple Crown twice.
It was a one-of-a-kind occurrence since they both played for clubs from the same city: Foxx played for the Philadelphia Athletics, and Klein played for the Philadelphia Phillies, making it a very remarkable coincidence.
What is it about winning the Triple Crown that makes it so difficult?
The answer to the first question isn’t exactly a well guarded secret.
It’s difficult enough just to hit a baseball, as Ted Williams so eloquently demonstrated in his last post.
Three times as tough as average hitting is Triple Crown-winning performance.
You’ll also need a little luck, because runs batted in come from the bases, and you’ll need teammates on base when you come to bat in order to score.
Baseball, like all other sports, has become increasingly specialized in this day and age of specialization.
The use of heavy hitting has become the norm throughout the game.
Only four of the 50 all-time leaders in batting average (those who have played 1,000 or more games) are currently playing in the Live Ball Enhanced era (Albert Pujols, Ichiro Suzuki, Todd Helton, and Vladimir Guerrero), and none of them is among the top ten all-time leaders in batting average.
The expansion of the American League from eight to fourteen teams over a number of seasons, and the expansion of the National League from eight to sixteen teams over a number of seasons, is perhaps the most significant factor working against achieving the Triple Crown.
Frank Robinson and Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown in the American League, which included of ten teams.
Most encouraging of all, five Triple Crown champions led both leagues (16 teams at the time) in all three competitions, which is perhaps the most encouraging finding of all.
As a result, the batting average and home run combination is the most difficult Double Crown combination to achieve.
Tipp O’Neill of the American Association was the only player to win the Triple Crown, while a player from the Union Association was the only one to win a Double Crown (Fred Dunlap).
A list of players who have won the Triple Crown, as well as those who have won or have come close to winning the Double Crown in batting average and home runs, can be found in Table 4.
A team hasn’t accomplished this feat in the National League since 1939 (Johnny Mize), and it hasn’t been done in the American League since 1967.
It’s fascinating to compare the winners of the Triple Crown to the positions in which they competed in their respective races.
Ted Williams has two Triple Crowns to his credit.
The infield has produced five Triple Crown winners: Rogers Hornsby (two) and Nap Lajoie at second base, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig at first base, and Rogers Hornsby (two) and Nap Lajoie at third base.
(Click on the image to see it in greater detail.) It is also fascinating to consider the teams for which the Triple Crown champions have competed.
Louis Cardinals pitchers Rogers Hornsby (twice), Tip O’Neill (once), and Joe Medwick (once) have the most Triple Crown victories.
The Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Yankees both had two (Nap Lajoie and Jimmie Foxx), as did the Los Angeles Dodgers (Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle).
All of the Triple Crown winners, with the exception of three, were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Paul Hines and Ty Cobb each won the Triple Crown despite hitting only four and nine home runs, respectively, during their respective seasons.
The fact that John Reilly (a near Triple Crown winner) and O’Neill spent the most of their careers in the American Association may have played a role in their exclusion from the Hall of Fame, among other factors.
Todd Helton (2000), Alex Rodriguez (2002 and 2007), Andruw Jones (2005), Ryan Howard (2006 and 2008), David Ortiz (2006) and Matt Holliday (2007) are the only active players to have won a Double Crown.
A player who is excellent will have an exceptional season, or less emphasis may be placed on strength and more on a balance of strength and talent as the season progresses.
The Triple Crown achievements of the past have been nothing short of spectacular.
Always keep an eye out for a player who has the potential to be the best in his league in terms of both batting average and home runs.
Perhaps the aim of being the first horse to win the Triple Crown is not that out of reach after all.
In order to qualify, players must either be in the top five in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in, or be in the top five in two of the three events listed above.
The SST Award would be given to the player who accumulated the most number of overall points.
In the American League, Alex Rodriguez would have won the award twice, and David Ortiz and Mark Teixeira would have won it once each (in 2006 and 2009, respectively).
We are living in an era characterized by specialization.
Players who can do both are extremely rare, and those who can do both while there are runners on base are even more rare still.
Having a player like this in one’s batting order is something that every team would like to have.
During the 1930s, he witnessed his first big league game, in which Lefty Grove and Jimmie Foxx played for Boston and Connie Mack managed Philadelphia, which piqued his curiosity.
Taylor is the author of “The Runmakers: A New Way to Rate Baseball Players,” from which the excerpt in this issue of “Baseball Research Journal” is from, courtesy of The Johns Hopkins University Press, and from which this piece in “Baseball Research Journal” is taken.
Ruth Fred Taylor may be reached by email at [email protected]