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Triple Crown Winners - Hitters

   The Triple Crown is one of the most difficult feats for a baseball hitter to accomplish - it means leading the league in the three most significant hitting categories: home runs, RBIs and batting average.

   Few power hitters can hit for average well enough to lead the league in average; similarly, few of the hitters who hit for average can also hit for power.  Only one Triple Crown winner has also led the league in steals - Ty Cobb, in 1909, effectively accomplished a "Quadruple Crown."

   Amazingly, Ted Williams accomplished this feat not once, but twice - in 1942, and again in 1947 after missing three years to WWII. In 1949, Williams led the league in home runs (with 43) and RBI (with 159, tied with Red Sox shortstop Vern Stephens), but lost the batting race to Detroit third-baseman George Kell. Kell had 179 hits in 522 at-bats, for a batting average of .3429, while Williams went 194-566, for an average of .34275. A single hit either way would have changed the outcome.

 
Year Name HR Avg RBI Team Lg
1878 Paul Hines 4 .358 50 Providence Grays NL
1887 Tip O'Neill 14 .435 123 St. Louis AA
1894 Hugh Duffy 18 .440 145 Boston NL
1901 Nap Lajoie 14 .426 125 Philadelphia AL
1909 Ty Cobb 9 .377 107 Detroit AL
1922 Rogers Hornsby 42 .401 152 St. Louis NL
1925 Rogers Hornsby 39 .403 143 St. Louis NL
1933 Jimmie Foxx 48 .356 163 Philadelphia AL
1933 Chuck Klein 28 .368 120 Philadelphia NL
1934 Lou Gehrig 49 .363 165 New York AL
1937 Joe Medwick 31 .374 154 St. Louis NL
1942 Ted Williams 36 .356 137 Boston AL
1947 Ted Williams 32 .343 114 Boston AL
1956 Mickey Mantle 52 .353 130 New York AL
1966 Frank Robinson 49 .316 122 Baltimore AL
1967 Carl Yastrzemski 44 .326 121 Boston AL

 


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