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Triple Crown leaders

[Updated 6/11/2017, prompted by Aaron Judge leading the AL in the Triple Crown categories]

From the Bill James mailbag, May 11, 2012:

My boring question is one i don’t know how to find the answer to myself: what is the latest in the season that a player has led mlb in these three categories through the years? how recently has someone come remotely close to doing this, particularly in the era of expansion? thanks.

Asked by: yorobert

Triple Crown league leaders at any point in the season, 1952-2017

Player

 

Team Lg Year Totalย 
Days*
Dates Avg**-HR-RBIย 
(last day)
Passed byย 
(only if after April)
Notes
Al Rosen CLE AL 1952 3 5/10
5/31-6/1
.360-8-19
.337-10-30
Phil Rizzuto (avg)
Dom DiMaggio (a)
Hank Sauer CHN NL 1952 12 5/30-5/31
6/4-6/13
.338-10-45
.338-18-59
Joe Adcock (a)
Jackie Robinson (a)
Al Rosen CLE AL 1953 1 8/23 .325-33-116 Mickey Vernon (a) Rosen lost the batting title by one hit to Vernon.
Sid Gordon MLN NL 1953 1 4/13 .500-0-1 Braves-Reds was the only NL game on Opening Day.
Roy Campanella BRO NL 1953 8 4/14
5/12-5/18
.750-1-3
.359-12-43
.
Richie Ashburn (a)
Sammy White BOS AL 1954 2 4/15-4/17 .750-2-5
Al Rosen CLE AL 1954 1 5/22 .378-10-40 Bobby Avila (a)
Stan Musial SLN NL 1954 10 5/9-5/15
5/30
6/4
6/7-6/8
.385-11-31
.375-14-51
.380-17-59
.387-20-66
Ray Jablonski (a)
Hank Sauer (hr)
Ray Jablonski (a)
Ray Jablonski (a)
Al Kaline DET AL 1955 10 4/17-4/22
7/26-7/29
.471-4-13
.351-23-77
.
Ray Boone (rbi)
Bob Nieman CHA AL 1955 1 4/23 .500-5-14 The White Sox won 29-6.
Mickey Mantle NYA AL 1956 119 4/25
5/4-5/12
5/23-7/14
7/16
7/18
7/20
7/22-7/23
7/26-9/13
9/22-end
.448-4-13
.400-11-25
.371-30-74
.365-30-74
.363-31-77
.366-31-79
.371-32-82
.353-48-119
.352-52-130
Yogi Berra (r)
Ted Williams (a)
Ted Williams (a)
Ted Williams (a)
Ted Williams (a)
Ted Williams (a)
Ted Williams (a)
Ted Williams (a)
Ray Jablonski CIN NL 1956 2 4/19-4/20 .500-2-5
Dale Long PIT NL 1956 7 5/23-5/29 .398-14-37 Rip Repulski (a) Long hit homers in 8 consecutive games May 19-28.
Gus Triandos BAL AL 1957 1 4/15 .500-1-4 Orioles-Senators was the only AL game on Opening Day.
Mickey Mantle NYA AL 1957 1 7/13 .371-24-60 Bill Skowron (r)
Hank Aaron MLN NL 1957 32 5/19-5/23
7/7-7/14
7/16-7/31
8/9-8/15
.359-11-29
.347-28-75
.339-30-80
.334-34-93
Frank Robinson (a)
Stan Musial (a)
Stan Musial (r)
Stan Musial (a)
Musial hit .470 from August 16 on.
Aaron finished 3rd in average behind Musial and Mays.
Jackie Jensen BOS AL 1958 1 4/14 .500-1-2 Red Sox-Senators was the only AL game on Opening Day
Bob Cerv KC1 AL 1958 2 4/30
5/3
.403-8-24 Brooks Robinson (a)
Sherm Lollar (a)
Frank Robinson CIN NL 1959 1 4/9 .500-1-3 Pirates-Reds was the only NL game on Opening Day
Roger Maris NYA AL 1960 1 7/9 .324-27-69 Al Smith (a) & Pete Runnels (a)
Wally Moon LAN NL 1961 14 4/19-4/29
5/6
5/12-5/13
.442-8-14
.392-9-20
.380-10-24
.
Joe Cunningham (a)
Hank Aaron (r)
Bob Johnson WS2 AL 1962 1 4/9 .750-1-2 Tigers-Senators was the only AL game on Opening Day
Al Kaline DET AL 1962 5 5/10-5/11
5/20-5/22
.364-10-28
.358-12-36
Mickey Mantle (a)
Manny Jimenez (a)
Leon Wagner LAA AL 1963 3 6/1
6/30-7/1
.349-13-38
.351-19-57
Frank Malzone (a)
Bob Allison (h)
Al Kaline DET AL 1963 1 6/13 .352-15-48 Bob Allison (h)
Willie Mays SFN NL 1964 31 4/23-5/20
5/22-5/23
7/3
393-14-35
.400-17-40
.346-23-55
Billy Williams (a)
Billy Williams (a)
Roberto Clemente (a)
Ernie Banks CHN NL 1965 1 4/20 .500-3-12
Frank Robinson BAL AL 1966 21 8/19-9/5
9/19-end
.316-43-102
.315-49-122
Boog Powell (r) Robinson reclaimed the RBI lead on the 15th.
Tony Oliva took the average lead on the 9th.
Bill Robinson NYA AL 1967 1 4/10 .500-1-2 Yankees-Senators was the only AL game on Opening Day.
Bill Freehan DET AL 1967 1 4/22 .424-4-13
Al Kaline DET AL 1967 19 5/5-5/18
5/21
5/23-5/26
.362-8-25
.361-9-29
.366-10-35
Frank Robinson (h)
Frank Robinson (h)
Frank Robinson (h)
Frank Robinson BAL AL 1967 5 6/10
6/19-6/22
.333-17-51
.337-21-58
Al Kaline (r)
Killebrew (h) & Yastrzemski (a)
Carl Yastrzemski BOS AL 1967 12 9/18
9/20-end
.314-40-107
.326-44-121
Frank Robinson (a) ย Yastrzemski went 20 for 37 from September 20 on.
Lou Brock SLN NL 1967 11 4/18-4/19
4/23-5/1
.452-5-12
.386-6-20
.
Tony Gonzalez (a)
Frank Howard WS2 AL 1968 23 5/15-6/1
6/4-6/6
6/8-6/9
.353-20-41
.353-22-47
.341-22-47
Carl Yastrzemski (a)
Carl Yastrzemski (a)
Carl Yastrzemski (a)
Howard hit 10 HR in 6 games May 12-18.
Brant Alyea MIN AL 1970 4 4/7-4/8
4/15
4/19
1.000-2-7
.600-3-11
.458-4-16
Hank Aaron ATL NL 1970 2 4/10-4/11 .500-2-8
Tony Perez CIN NL 1970 15 4/19-5/1
7/2
7/17
.450-10-27
.365-27-83
.359-30-93
Rico Carty (a)
Rico Carty (a)
Rico Carty (a)
Bobby Darwin MIN AL 1972 11 4/19-4/25
4/30-5/5
.455-4-11
.395-6-19
.
Steve Braun (a)
Dick Allen CHA AL 1972 10 8/27-9/4
9/8
.317-32-92
.317-33-102
Rod Carew (a)
Rod Carew (a)
Allen hit .217 after the 8th and finished 9 points behind Carew.
Carlton Fisk BOS AL 1973 1 4/7 .750-2-6
Cleon Jones NYN NL 1973 1 4/6 1.000-2-3
Reggie Jackson OAK AL 1974 1 5/12 .385-11-30 Rod Carew (a)
Gary Carter MON NL 1975 1 4/7 .750-1-4
Hank Aaron MIL AL 1976 1 4/8 .666-0-3 Yankees-Brewers was the only AL game on Opening Day.
Jim Spencer CHA AL 1976 1 4/9 1.000-1-3
Ron Cey LAN NL 1977 5 4/25-4/28
4/30
.448-8-27
.424-9-29
.
Ted Simmons (a)
Craig Reynolds SEA AL 1978 1 4/5 .750-1-2
Jim Rice BOS AL 1978 1 5/9 .379-10-34 Rod Carew (a) Rice finished 18 points behind Carew.
Joe Morgan CIN NL 1978 1 4/6 .750-1-5
Rick Monday LAN NL 1978 7 4/19-4/21
4/23-4/24
5/24-5/25
.409-7-16
.380-8-19
.344-11-33
.
.
J. Morgan (r) & J. Burroughs (a)
Richie Hebner NYN NL 1979 1 4/5 .800-1-4
John Mayberry TOR AL 1980 1 4/9 .800-2-3
Keith Moreland CHN NL 1982 1 4/5 .750-1-2
George Brett KCA AL 1983 1 4/26 .481-5-19
Eddie Milner CIN NL 1984 2 4/2-4/3 .750-1-3
Mike Marshall LAN NL 1984 1 4/5 .500-1-6
Pete Rose CIN NL 1985 1 4/8 .666-0-3
Dale Murphy ATL NL 1985 25 4/11
4/13-4/29
5/1-5/8
.625-1-5
.394-9-27
.364-10-32
.
.
Tom Herr (a)
Kirk Gibson DET AL 1986 2 4/7
4/9
1.000-2-5
.777-2-6
Dave Parker CIN NL 1986 1 4/15 .480-4-9
Eric Davis CIN NL 1987 9 4/6
5/3-5/8
5/10-5/11
1.000-1-2
.390-12-29
.381-14-36
.
Andre Dawson (r)
Jeffrey Leonard (a)
George Bell TOR AL 1988 1 4/6 .888-3-5
Kal Daniels CIN NL 1988 4 4/9-4/12 .481-4-12
Bobby Bonilla PIT NL 1988 1 5/31 .342-13-43 Rafael Palmeiro (a)
Von Hayes PHI NL 1989 3 4/10
4/12-4/13
.571-3-10
.538-4-12
Sam Horn BAL AL 1990 1 4/11 .666-2-6
Sammy Sosa CHA AL 1991 1 4/8 .750-2-5
Dave Henderson OAK AL 1991 2 5/11-5/12 .360-9-26 Wally Joyner (a)
Gary Sheffield SDN NL 1992 2 8/22-8/23 .338-27-87 McGriff (h) & Daulton (r)
Barry Bonds SFN NL 1993 3 4/25
4/29
5/2
.414-5-18
.420-7-24
.425-8-28
.
.
Matt Williams (h)
Dante Bichette COL NL 1994 4 4/11
4/14-4/16
.500-5-11
.487-6-16
Raul Mondesi LAN NL 1995 1 4/25 .750-2-4
Matt Williams SFN NL 1995 15 5/27-6/10 .380-13-35 Reggie Sanders (r) Williams broke a bone in his foot June 3 and missed 2-1/2 months.
Sandy Alomar CLE AL 1997 1 4/15 .564-6-14
Larry Walker COL NL 1997 31 4/10
4/12
4/14-4/27
5/4-5/9
5/12-5/20
.471-6-13
.472-7-15
.469-10-26
.416-13-37
.412-14-43
.
.
.
Jeff Blauser (a)
Jeff Bagwell (h)
Chipper Jones ATL NL 1998 2 4/20-4/21 .410-9-26
Vladimir Guerrero MON NL 2000 5 4/5
4/7
4/14-4/15
4/21
.667-2-5
.588-3-8
.500-5-14
.440-7-23
Shannon Stewart TOR AL 2001 1 4/1 .600-1-2
Manny Ramirez BOS AL 2001 1 6/3 .380-18-60 Bret Boone (r)
Barry Bonds SFN NL 2002 3 4/3-4/5 .636-5-11
Alfonso Soriano NYA AL 2003 1 4/27 .387-9-25
Reggie Sanders PIT NL 2003 1 4/5 .571-4-11
Dmitri Young DET AL 2005 1 4/4 1.000-3-5
Derrek Lee CHN NL 2005 25 4/27-4/28
4/30
5/2-5/7
5/29
5/31-6/5
6/14-6/17

6/21

7/19-7/22

.430-7-27
.419-7-28
.406-9-32
.366-16-46
.385-17-52
.385-18-57

.390-20-60

.370-31-79

.
Clint Barmes (a)
Clint Barmes (a)
Miguel Cabrera (a)
Carlos Lee (r)
Andruw Jones (h) & C. Lee (r)
Andruw Jones (h) & C. Lee (r)
Carlos Lee (r)
Chris Shelton DET AL 2006 6 4/8
4/12
4/14
4/18
4/20-4/21
.700-5-9
.500-6-12
.512-7-15
.455-9-17
.406-9-18
Albert Pujols SLN NL 2006 1 4/3 1.000-2-4
Miguel Cabrera FLO NL 2007 3 4/4-4/5
4/9
.700-2-6
.500-3-11
A.J. Pierzynski CHA AL 2008 2 4/4-4/5 .529-2-7
Josh Hamilton TEX AL 2008 2 5/22
6/2
.335-12-53
.330-16-65
Joe Mauer (a)
Hideki Matsui (a)
Chipper Jones ATL NL 2008 1 4/18 .454-6-18
Vernon Wells TOR AL 2010 1 4/7 .714-3-6
Miguel Cabrera DET AL 2010 1 7/6 .343-21-73 Jose Bautista (h)
Andre Ethier LAN NL 2010 12 5/7-5/18 .392-11-38 Kelly Johnson (h)
J.P. Arencibia TOR AL 2011 1 4/1 .750-2-5
David Freese SLN NL 2012 1 4/4 .600-0-2 Cardinals-Marlins was the only NL game on Opening Day.
Josh Hamilton TEX AL 2012 17 4/17
5/2
5/8-5/22
.413-5-11
.395-9-25
.376-18-48
.
Derek Jeter (a)
Paul Konerko (a)
Matt Kemp LAN NL 2012 9 4/21-4/26
4/28-4/30
.449-10-23
.417-12-25
Andre Ethier (r)
Miguel Cabrera DET AL 2012 7 9/22-9/23
9/29-end
.331-42-133
.330-44-139
Josh Hamilton (h)
Chris Davis BAL AL 2013 3 4/5-4/6
4/21
.556-4-17
.403-7-21
Scott Van Slyke LAN NL 2014 1 3/22 .667-1-2 Dodgers-Diamondbacks was the first series of the season.
Nolan Arenado COL NL 2015 1 4/6 .750-1-4
Adrian Gonzalez LAN NL 2015 3 4/8-4/9
4/18
.769-5-7
.523-5-14
Nelson Cruz SEA AL 2015 3 5/15
5/20-5/21
.358-15-30
.351-16-33
Jose Iglesias (a)
Kendrys Morales (r)
Mark Trumbo BAL AL 2016 2 4/17-4/18 .386-5-11

* Only includes days in which at least one league game was played.

** Player must have met the minimum league standards for plate appearances per team game to qualify, as described here.

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Originally postedย May 13, 2012 | 7:37 a.m.

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