The Triple Crown is "awarded" (received or honored with as no physical award exists) to the hitter who leads his own League in all three of these hitting statistics: 1: Home runs. 2: Batting average. 3: Runs batted in.
All three categories must be led or tied at the end of the season in order to be part of a Triple Crown performance. Few players have ever come close and when a player simply leads in two categories it is often a noteworthy achievement.
"Never swing at a ball you're fooled on or have trouble hitting." - Batting Advice from Triple Crown Winner (1942 & 1947) / Hall of Famer Ted Williams in Sport Magazine ( Ted Williams , December 1954, 'Hitting Advice', Page 34)
American League Triple Crown Winners
National League Triple Crown Winners
American Association Triple Crown Winners
Did you know that Ty Cobb , during his Triple Crown season ( 1909 ), simultaneously led the American League in stolen bases with seventy-six, making him the only Triple Crown ballplayer to also lead his league in stolen bases ?
Did you know that during their Triple Crown season, Ty Cobb ( 1909 ), Rogers Hornsby ( 1925 ), Lou Gehrig ( 1934 ), Ted Williams ( 1942 ), and Mickey Mantle ( 1956 ), not only led their respective League in all three categories, but their totals were the highest across Major League Baseball?
Several written sources include Heinie Zimmerman from 1912 ; however, both Baseball Almanac and Major League Baseball have corrected his RBI total (it was one-hundred three but should be ninety-nine) due to ongoing research into box scores.