Sunday, May 13, 2012

Triple Crown Leaders

From the Bill James mailbag, May 11:
 
hey bill, myself being eighteen years removed from drugs nearly destroying my life, i have enjoyed watching josh hamilton show the world that life after drugs, even a successful one, is possible. as of today he leads mlb in the triple crown categories. 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, 1952-2011:

PlayerTeamLeagueYearTotal 
Days*
DatesAvg**-HR-RBI 
(last day)
Passed by 
(if post-April)
Notes
Al RosenCLEAL195235/10
5/31-6/1
.360-8-19
.337-10-30
Phil Rizzuto (avg)
Dom DiMaggio (a)
Hank SauerCHNNL1952125/30-5/31
6/4-6/13
.338-10-45
.338-18-59
Joe Adcock (a)
Jackie Robinson (a)
Al RosenCLEAL195318/23.325-33-116Mickey Vernon (a)Rosen lost the batting title by one hit to Vernon.
Sid GordonMLNNL195314/13.500-0-1Braves-Reds was the only NL game on Opening Day.
Roy CampanellaBRONL195384/14
5/12-5/18
.750-1-3
.359-12-43

Richie Ashburn (a)
Sammy WhiteBOSAL195424/15-4/17.750-2-5
Al RosenCLEAL195415/22.378-10-40Bobby Avila (a)
Stan MusialSLNNL1954105/9-5/15
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 KalineDETAL1955104/17-4/22
7/26-7/29
.471-4-13
.351-23-77

Ray Boone (rbi)

Bob NiemanCHAAL195514/23.500-5-14The White Sox won 29-6.
Mickey MantleNYAAL19561194/25
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 JablonskiCINNL195624/19-4/20.500-2-5
Dale LongPITNL195675/23-5/29.398-14-37Rip Repulski (a)Long hit homers in 8 consecutive games May 19-28.
Gus TriandosBALAL195714/15.500-1-4Orioles-Senators was the only AL game on Opening Day.
Mickey MantleNYAAL195717/13.371-24-60Bill Skowron (r)
Hank AaronMLNNL1957325/19-5/23
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 JensenBOSAL195814/14.500-1-2Red Sox-Senators was the only AL game on Opening Day
Bob CervKC1AL195824/30
5/3
.403-8-24Brooks Robinson (a)
Sherm Lollar (a)
Frank RobinsonCINNL195914/9.500-1-3Pirates-Reds was the only NL game on Opening Day
Roger MarisNYAAL196017/9.324-27-69Al Smith (a) & Pete Runnels (a)
Wally MoonLANNL1961144/19-4/29
5/6
5/12-5/13
.442-8-14
.392-9-20
.380-10-24

Joe Cunningham (a)
Hank Aaron (r)
Bob JohnsonWS2AL196214/9.750-1-2Tigers-Senators was the only AL game on Opening Day
Al KalineDETAL196255/10-5/11
5/20-5/22
.364-10-28
.358-12-36
Mickey Mantle (a)
Manny Jimenez (a)
Leon WagnerLAAAL196336/1
6/30-7/1
.349-13-38
.351-19-57
Frank Malzone (a)
 Bob Allison (h)
Al KalineDETAL196316/13.352-15-48Bob Allison (h)
Willie MaysSFNNL1964314/23-5/20
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 BanksCHNNL196514/20.500-3-12
Frank RobinsonBALAL1966218/19-9/5
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 RobinsonNYAAL196714/10.500-1-2Yankees-Senators was the only AL game on Opening Day.
Bill FreehanDETAL196714/22.424-4-13
Al KalineDETAL1967195/5-5/18
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 RobinsonBALAL196756/10
6/19-6/22
.333-17-51
.337-21-58
Al Kaline (r)
Killebrew (h) & Yastrzemski (a)
Carl YastrzemskiBOSAL1967129/18
9/20-end
.314-40-107
.326-44-121
Frank Robinson (a)

 Yastrzemski went 20 for 37 from September 20 on.
Lou BrockSLNNL1967114/18-4/19
4/23-5/1
.452-5-12
.386-6-20

Tony Gonzalez (a)
Frank HowardWS2AL1968235/15-6/1
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 AlyeaMINAL197044/7-4/8
4/15
4/19
1.000-2-7
.600-3-11
.458-4-16
Hank AaronATLNL197024/10-4/11.500-2-8
Tony PerezCINNL1970154/19-5/1
7/2
7/17
.450-10-27
.365-27-83
.359-30-93
Rico Carty (a)
Rico Carty (a)
Rico Carty (a)
Bobby DarwinMINAL1972114/19-4/25
4/30-5/5
.455-4-11
.395-6-19

Steve Braun (a)
Dick AllenCHAAL1972108/27-9/4
9/8
.317-32-92
.317-33-102
Rod Carew (a)
Rod Carew (a)
The last player to have a Triple Crown lead in September. 
Allen hit .217 after the 8th and finished 9 points behind Carew.
Carlton FiskBOSAL197314/7.750-2-6
Cleon JonesNYNNL197314/61.000-2-3
Reggie JacksonOAKAL197415/12.385-11-30Rod Carew (a)
Gary CarterMONNL197514/7.750-1-4
Hank AaronMILAL197614/8.666-0-3Yankees-Brewers was the only AL game on Opening Day.
Jim SpencerCHAAL197614/91.000-1-3
Ron CeyLANNL197754/25-4/28
4/30
.448-8-27
.424-9-29

Ted Simmons (a)
Craig ReynoldsSEAAL197814/5.750-1-2
Jim RiceBOSAL197815/9.379-10-34Rod Carew (a)Rice finished 18 points behind Carew.
Joe MorganCINNL197814/6.750-1-5
Rick MondayLANNL197874/19-4/21
4/23-4/24
5/24-5/25
.409-7-16
.380-8-19
.344-11-33


J. Morgan (r) & J. Burroughs (a)
Richie HebnerNYNNL197914/5.800-1-4
John MayberryTORAL198014/9.800-2-3
Keith MorelandCHNNL198214/5.750-1-2
George BrettKCAAL198314/26.481-5-19
Eddie MilnerCINNL198424/2-4/3.750-1-3
Mike MarshallLANNL198414/5.500-1-6
Pete RoseCINNL198514/8.666-0-3
Dale MurphyATLNL1985254/11
4/13-4/29
5/1-5/8
.625-1-5
.394-9-27
.364-10-32


Tom Herr (a)
Kirk GibsonDETAL198624/7
4/9
1.000-2-5
.777-2-6
Dave ParkerCINNL198614/15.480-4-9
Eric DavisCINNL198794/6
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 BellTORAL198814/6.888-3-5
Kal DanielsCINNL198844/9-4/12.481-4-12
Bobby BonillaPITNL198815/31.342-13-43Rafael Palmeiro (a)
Von HayesPHINL198934/10
4/12-4/13
.571-3-10
.538-4-12
Sam HornBALAL199014/11.666-2-6
Sammy SosaCHAAL199114/8.750-2-5
Dave HendersonOAKAL199125/11-5/12.360-9-26Wally Joyner (a)
Gary SheffieldSDNNL199228/22-8/23.338-27-87McGriff (h) & Daulton (r)The last player to have a triple crown lead in August.
Barry BondsSFNNL199334/25
4/29
5/2
.414-5-18
.420-7-24
.425-8-28


Matt Williams (h)
Dante BichetteCOLNL199444/11
4/14-4/16
.500-5-11
.487-6-16
Raul MondesiLANNL199514/25.750-2-4
Matt WilliamsSFNNL1995155/27-6/10.380-13-35Reggie Sanders (r)Williams broke a bone in his foot June 3 and missed 2-1/2 months.
Sandy AlomarCLEAL199714/15.564-6-14
Larry WalkerCOLNL1997314/10
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 JonesATLNL199824/20-4/21.410-9-26
Vladimir GuerreroMONNL200054/5
4/7
4/14-4/15
4/21
.667-2-5
.588-3-8
.500-5-14
.440-7-23
Shannon StewartTORAL200114/1.600-1-2
Manny RamirezBOSAL200116/3.380-18-60Bret Boone (r)
Barry BondsSFNNL200234/3-4/5.636-5-11
Alfonso SorianoNYAAL200314/27.387-9-25
Reggie SandersPITNL200314/5.571-4-11
Dmitri YoungDETAL200514/41.000-3-5
Derrek LeeCHNNL2005254/27-4/28
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 SheltonDETAL200664/8
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 PujolsSLNNL200614/31.000-2-4
Miguel CabreraFLONL200734/4-4/5
4/9
.700-2-6
.500-3-11
A.J. PierzynskiCHAAL200824/4-4/5.529-2-7
Josh HamiltonTEXAL200825/22
6/2
.335-12-53
.330-16-65
Joe Mauer (a)
Hideki Matsui (a)
Chipper JonesATLNL200814/18.454-6-18
Vernon WellsTORAL201014/7.714-3-6
Miguel CabreraDETAL201017/6.343-21-73Jose Bautista (h)The last player to have a Triple Crown lead in July.
Andre EthierLANNL2010125/7-5/18.392-11-38Kelly Johnson (h)
J.P. ArencibiaTORAL201114/1.750-2-5

* 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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