All 13 players to achieve the Triple Crown in baseball history have etched their names in the record books. It is one of the rarest feats in major league baseball to lead the league in the categories of average, home runs, and RBIs. It is even rarer than a perfect game, which has been achieved 23 times. Every hitter here could be considered among the best players in baseball history.
But not all Triple Crown winners are created equally. Miguel Cabrera eeked his out by 4 points of average over Mike Trout and just one home run over Josh Hamilton and Curtis Granderson. Meanwhile, Joe Medwick and Carl Yastrzemski finished in ties for the lead in home runs in their Triple Crown campaigns.
Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams are the only two players ever to achieve the feat twice in their careers, and in the past 50 years, only Cabrera has been able to accomplish it.
So which of these players had the most impressive Triple Crown season (or seasons)? Who dominated his league like few others ever have while achieving one of the most impressive feats in baseball?
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Stats: .353 avg., 52 HRs, 130 RBIs
Second place: .345 (Ted Williams), 32 HRs (Vic Wertz), 128 RBIs (Al Kaline)
League averages: .260 avg., 13 HRs, 66 RBIs174Was this a dominant season?
Stats: .401 avg., 42 HRs, 152 RBIs
Second place: .354 (Ray Grimes), 26 HRs (Cy Williams), 132 RBIs (Irish Meusel)
League averages: .291 avg., 7 HRs, 69 RBIs
Stats: .403 avg., 39 HRs, 143 RBIs
Second place: .367 (Jim Bottomley), 24 HRs (Gabby Hartnett), 130 RBIs (Jack Fournier)
League averages: .290 avg., 8 HRs, 70 RBIs175Was this a dominant season?
Stats: .356 avg., 36 HRs, 137 RBIs
Second place: .331 (Johnny Pesky), 27 HRs (Chet Laabs), 114 RBIs (Joe DiMaggio)
League averages: .256 avg., 7 HRs, 61 RBIs
Stats: .343 avg., 32 HRs, 114 RBIs
Second place: .328 (Barney McCosky), 29 HRs (Joe Gordon), 98 RBIs (Tommy Henrich)
League averages: .255 avg., 9 HRs, 61 RBIs175Was this a dominant season?
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Stats: .368 avg., 28 HRs, 120 RBIs
Second place: .349 (Spud Davis), 27 HRs (Wally Berger), 106 RBIs (Wally Berger)
League averages: .266 avg., 6 HRs, 58 RBIs101Was this a dominant season?