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Triple Crown Awards
Randy Johnson . In 2002, Randy Johnson had an ERA of 2.32, 24 wins, and 334 strikeouts for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
yes. Roger Clemens won the award in the 1997 and 1998 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays.
3. Sandy Koufax won the award in 1963, 1965, and 1966 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
yes. Tim Keefe won the award in 188 for the New York Giants. Keefe had an 1.74 ERA, 35 wins, and 333 strikeouts.
Christy Mathewson. Christy Mathewson had and ERA of 1.43, 37 wins, and 259 strikeouts. He also won the award in 1905 for the National League New York Giants. The others listed won the award in different years.
1. In 1972, Carlton had an ERA of 1.97, 27 wins, and 310 strikeouts for the Phillies.
1901. Cy Young had an ERA of 1.62, 33 wins, and struck out 158 batters in 1901. He did it with the Boston Americans.
f. He won it in 1915, 1916, and 1920. He was the first pitcher to win three Triple Crowns. He did this with both the Phillies and the Cubs.
|How many wins did Old Hoss Radbourn have in 1884, which won him the Triple Crown that year?||Triple Crown Pitchers
59. Old Hoss Radbourn had an ERA of 1.38 and he struck out 441 batters. He played for the National League's Providence team.
Tommy Bond. In 1877, Tommy Bond had an ERA of 2.11, 40 wins, and 170 strikeouts. He played for Boston's National League Team.
Carl Yastrzemski . In 1967, Yastrzemski had 44 home runs, 121 RBIs, and a .326 batting average.
1966. Robinson played for Baltimore. He had 49 home runs, 122 RBIs, and a .316 batting average.
true. In 1933, both Jimmie Foxx and Chuck Klein won the Triple Crown. Foxx won it while playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, and Klein played for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Mickey Mantle. In 1956, Mickey Mantle had 52 home runs, 130 RBIs, and a .353 batting avaerage.
true. In 1937, Joe Medwick had 31 home runs, 154 RBIs, and a .374 batting average.
1934. In 1934, Lou Gehrig had 49 home runs, 165 RBIs, and a .363 batting average.
false. Only two players have won the Triple Crown twice, Rogers Hornsby in 1922 and 1925, and Ted Williams in 1942 and 1947.
Detroit. In 1909, Ty Cobb hit 9 home runs, had 107 RBIs, and a .377 batting average.
Nap Lajoie. In 1901, Nap Lajoie had 14 homeruns, 125 RBIs, and a .426 batting average for the Philadelphia Athletics.
|In 1878, Paul Hines became the first hitter to ever win the Triple Crown. How many homeruns did he hit to lead the National League?||Triple Crown Hitters
4. In 1878, Paul Hines had 4 home runs, 50 RBIs, and a .358 batting average for Providence.
4. Alexander with the Phillies in 1915 and 1916; Grove with A's in 1930 and 1931; Koufax with the Dodgers in 1965 and 1966; and Clemens with the Blue Jays in 1997 and 1998, are the only pitchers to win back-to-back TC crowns. Had injuries not limited Koufax to only 29 games in 1964, it's highly conceivable that he might have won 4 straight TC crowns, as he led the NL in ERA with 1.74, but finished fourth in strikeouts (223 to Bob Veale's 250), and wins (19 to Larry Jackson's 24).
|Which Triple Crown winner averaged the highest percentage of his team's victories in his Triple Crown seasons?||Triple Crown Pitchers
Steve Carlton. Lefty's total of 27 wins accounted for an astounding 45.7% of the Phillies wins in 1972, as they were a pathetic 59-97. Next on the list is Cy Young, whose 33 wins were 41.7% of Boston's wins in 1905, Walter Johnson, whose 36 wins accounted for 40% of Washington's wins in 1913, and Grover Alexander, whose 27 victories accounted for 36.2% of the Cubs' wins in 1920.
|Which multiple Triple Crown winner averaged 25+ wins, 300+ strikeouts, and an ERA under 2.00 in his Triple Crown winning seasons?||Triple Crown Pitchers
Sandy Koufax. Born Sanford Braun in 1935 in Brooklyn, NY, Koufax, a 3-time TC winner, averaged 26 wins, 335 K's and a 1.88 ERA, for the years 1963, '65, and '66. Carlton and Martinez were one-time TC winners.
6. Six times a TC pitcher had been on a World Series winner. Christy Mathewson in 1905 with the Boston Somersets (Red Sox); Walter Johnson's 1924 Washington Senators; Lefty Grove's 1930 Philadelphia A's; Lefty Gomez's 1937 New York Yankees; Hal Newhouser's 1945 Detroit Tigers; and the only pitcher to win a TC and a World Championship in the same year twice, Sandy Koufax, with the 1963 and 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers. Also six times a TC winner had led his team to the Series, only to lose: Rube Waddell (1905, Philadelphia A's}, Grover Alexander (1915, Philadelphia Phillies), Hippo Vaughn (1918, Chicago Cubs), Lefty Grove (1931, Philadelphia A's), Bucky Walters (1939, Cincinnati Reds), and Sandy Koufax (1966, Los Angeles Dodgers).
Grover Alexander. Named after the only U.S. President to serve two non-consecutive terms, Pete won the TC twice for the Philadelphia Phillies and once for the Cubbies. The others listed won the TC only once.
2. Only twice has a pitcher led his league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA, while pitching for a team with a sub .500 record. Grover Alexander won the TC in 1920 (27, 173, 1.91) while pitching for the 75-79 Chicago Cubs, who finished 5th. Steve Carlton turned in a remarkable 27 wins, 310 strikeouts, and a 1.97 ERA, for the 1972 Phillies, who finished last in the NL East with an abysmal 59-97 season.
2.72. The highest ERA for a TC pitcher was Walter Johnson's 2.72 in 1924. Ironically, the Big Train also had the lowest ERA for a TC pitcher, when he paced the AL in 1913 with an ERA of 1.09.
|Who was the last Triple Crown winner to win 30 or more games in his Triple Crown winning season?||Triple Crown Pitchers
Lefty Grove. Grove won 31 games for Connie Mack's A's in 1931. While both McLain and Dean won 30 games, neither are members of the TC club.
20. Roger "Rocket" Clemens tied the Texas Rangers' Rick Helling for the AL lead in 1998, to go along with his league-leading 271 K's and 2.65 ERA. Lefty Gomez had the second-lowest total when he won 21 games in 1937 for the Yankees.
|Which franchise/s had the most Triple Crown winning seasons by one of their pitchers?||Triple Crown Pitchers
Dodgers and Phillies. The Dodgers led the way with 4 TC seasons, one by Dazzy Vance in 1924 (28W, 262K, 2.16 ERA), and three by Sandy Koufax, in 1963 (25, 306, 1.88), 1965 (26, 382, 2.04) and 1966 (27, 317, 1.73). Both Philadelphia clubs have had three TC seasons, as well. The Phillies with Alexander the Great in 1915 (31, 241, 1.22), 1916 (33, 167, 1.55), and another in 1920. Theh Phillie Steve Carlton in 1972 (27, 310, 1.97), and the A's with Rube Waddell in 1905 (26, 287, 1.48) and Lefty Grove in 1930 (28, 209, 2.54) and 1931 (31, 175, 2.06). The Cubbies made the list twice, with Hippo Vaughn in 1918 (22, 148, 1.74) and Alexander in 1920 (27, 173, 1.91).
Ted Williams. Although all Triple Crown winners, Williams was not only the first Red Sox player to win it, but he won two. Ironically, he won it in 1942 just before being drafted into WWII. Then he returned to the Major Leagues in 1946 and won the AL MVP. He was also the runner-up in all three Triple Crown categories in 1946. In 1947, he made up for it and won the Triple Crown a second time. In 1949, he missed his third Triple Crown by a hair by tying in RBIs, hit more home runs than anyone in the league, but lost the batting title to George Kell of the Tigers by less than .001.