Will I’ll Have Another take the triple crown?
Horse Racing’s Triple Crown is a victory in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, all in the same year.
The Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday in May in Louisville, Kentucky. The first winner was Aristides back in 1875.
The Preakness Stakes is even older and has been run in Baltimore, Maryland since Survivor’s win in 1873. The Preakness runs on the second Saturday after the Derby.
The Belmont Stakes, new kid on the block out of Elmont, New York, was first won by Ruthless in 1867. The Belmont goes off in June.
In the nearly 150 years (2017) since all three have been run, only 11 horses have taken the triple crown.
Here they are in two lists. First, sorted by time – these are the fastest triple crown winners.
The second lists the triple crown winners in chronological order.
What was going on in the 1970′s? Seems a little odd to me.
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TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS BY TIME
TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS, CHRONOLOGICAL
A week or so back, Sports List of the Day looked at MLB‘s Triple Crown Winners for hitting: Average, Home Runs and RBI. Fifteen times in baseball history has a player won the triple crown, one of the rarest events of the game – and one that has not occurred since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
For pitching, triple crown winners led the league in Wins, ERA and Strikeouts. Thirty-six pitchers in history have won it. Sandy Koufax, Walter Johnson and Pete (Grover Cleveland) Alexander did it three times.
Here are pitching’s triple crown winners:
1. Tommy Bond (1877, Boston Red Stockings)
2. Old Hoss Radbourn (1884, Providence Grays)
3. Guy Hecker (1884, Louisville Eclipse)
4. Tim Keefe (1888, New York Giants)
5. John Clarkson (1889, Boston Beaneaters)
6. Amos Rusie (1894, New York Giants)
7. Cy Young (1901, Boston Americans)
8. Christy Mathewson (1905, New York Giants)
9. Rube Waddell (1905, Philadelphia A’s)
10. Christy Mathewson (1908, New York Giants)
11. Walter Johnson (1913, Washington Senators)
12. Grover Cleveland Alexander (1915, Philadelphia Phillies)
13. Grover Cleveland Alexander (1916, Philadelphia Phillies)
14. Hippo Vaughn (1918, Chicago Cubs)
15. Walter Johnson (1918, Washington Senators)
16. Grover Cleveland Alexander (1920, Chicago Cubs)
17. Dazzy Vance (1924, Brooklyn Robins)
18. Walter Johnson (1924, Washington Senators)
19. Lefty Grove (1930, Philadelphia A’s)
20. Lefty Grove (1931, Philadelphia A’s)
21. Lefty Gomez (1934, New York Yankees)
22. Lefty Gomez (1937, New York Yankees)
23. Bucky Walters (1939, Cincinnati Reds)
24. Bob Feller (1940, Cleveland Indians)
25. Hal Newhouser (1945, Detroit Tigers)
26. Sandy Koufax (1963, Los Angeles Dodgers)
27. Sandy Koufax (1965, Los Angeles Dodgers)
28. Sandy Koufax (1966, Los Angeles Dodgers)
29. Steve Carlton (1972, Philadelphia Phillies)
30. Dwight Gooden (1985, New York Mets)
31. Roger Clemens (1997, Toronto Blue Jays)
32. Roger Clemens (1998, Toronto Blue Jays)
33. Pedro Martinez (1999, Boston Red Sox)
34. Randy Johnson (2002, Arizona Diamondbacks)
35. Johan Santana (2006, Minnesota Twins)
36. Jake Peavy (2007, San Diego Padres)
The Triple Crown is one of the rarest occurrences in baseball. It happens when a player leads the league in home runs, RBI and batting average in the same season.
In nearly 150 years of baseball, the Triple Crown has only been won 15 times.
It gets odder than that.
Of those 15 rare times, incredibly, two players won it twice: Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams.
Even stranger, in 1933 two players won it in the same year: Chuck Klein for the National League and Jimmie Foxx for the American!
What’s more, in 1966 and 1967, baseball had back-to-back Triple Crown winners.
Finally, of the 15 winners, 12 played for 1 of only four cities: St. Louis, Philadelphia, New York or Boston.
Carl Yastrzemski was the last Triple Crown winner, almost 50 years ago.
For a list of winners of baseball’s pitching triple crown, click here.
1. PAUL HINES (1878, Providence Grays)
2. TIP O’NEILL (1887, St. Louis Browns)
3. NAP LAJOIE (1901, Philadelphia Athletics)
4. TY COBB (1909, Detroit Tigers)
5. ROGERS HORNSBY (1922, St. Louis Cardinals)
6. ROGERS HORNSBY (1925, St. Louis Cardinals)
7. CHUCK KLEIN (1933, Philadelphia Phillies)
8. JIMMIE FOXX (1933, Philadelphia Athletics)
9. LOU GEHRIG (1934, New York Yankees)
10. JOE MEDWICK (1937, St. Louis Cardinals)
11. TED WILLIAMS (1942, Boston Red Sox)
12. TED WILLIAMS (1947, Boston Red Sox)
13. MICKEY MANTLE (1956, New York Yankees)
14. FRANK ROBINSON (1966, Baltimore Orioles)
15. CARL YASTRZEMSKI (1967, Boston Red Sox)