Triple Crown of Pitching

The Triple Crown of pitching is "awarded" to the pitcher who leads — or ties — his league in three major pitching areas: 1: wins 2: strikeouts and 3: earned run average. All three of those 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 one simply leads in two categories it is often a noteworthy achievement. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the Triple Crown Winners.

"I have it figured out. Pitcher's aren't going to like the answer I give, but it's true, and it is in four short words. They aren't ball players." - National League Triple Crown Winner (1924) Dazzy Vance in The Sporting News (08-14-1957, Page 24)
American League Triple Crown of Pitching Winners

American League Triple Crown of Pitching Winners

Triple Crown of Pitching Winners / In Chronological Order

AL
MLB
Year
Name (Quantity)
Wins
Top 25
ERA
Top 25
SO
Top 25
Team / Roster
1.
7.
33
1.62
158
2.
8.
27
1.48
287
3.
11.
36
1.14
243
4.
14.
23
1.27
162
5.
17.
23
2.72
158
6.
19.
28
2.54
209
7.
20.
31
2.06
175
8.
21.
26
2.33
158
9.
22.
21
2.33
194
10.
24.
27
2.61
261
11.
25.
25
1.81
212
12.
31.
21
2.05
292
13.
32.
20
2.65
271
14.
33.
23
2.07
313
15.
35.

19

2.77

245

16.
37.
24
2.40
250
AL
MLB

Year

Name (Quantity)

Wins

Top 25

ERA

Top 25

SO

Top 25
Team / Roster

Triple Crown of Pitching Winners / Triple Crown of Hitters

National League Triple Crown of Pitching Winners

National League Triple Crown of Pitching Winners

Triple Crown of Pitching Winners / In Chronological Order

NL
MLB
Year
Name (Quantity)
Wins
Top 25
ERA
Top 25
SO
Top 25
Team / Roster
1.
1.
40
2.11
170
2.
2.
59
1.38
441
3.
4.
35
1.74
335
4.
5.
49
2.73
284
5.
6.
36
2.78
195
6.
8.
31
1.28
206
7.
10.
37
1.43
259
8.
12.
31
1.22
241
9.
13.
33
1.55
167
10.
14.
22
1.74
148
11.
16.
27
1.91
173
12.
17.
28
2.16
262
13.
23.
27
2.29
137
14.
26.
25
1.88
306
15.
27.
26
2.04
382
16.
28.
27
1.73
317
17.
29.
27
1.97
310
18.
30.
24
1.53
268
19.
34.
24
2.32
334
20.
36.
19
2.54
240
21.
37.
21
2.28
248
NL
MLB
Year
Name (Quantity)
Wins
Top 25
ERA
Top 25
SO
Top 25
Team / Roster
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In 1884, Guy Hecker , who played for Louisville Colonels of the American Association, also earned the Triple Crown (t he second in Major League history ) and is the only American Association pitcher to do so during their history. He had 52 wins, 385 strikeouts, and an earned run average of 1.80!
More than one-hundred forty years of Major League Baseball seasons played, thousands of great pitchers, and the Triple Crown has only been earned thirty-eight times by twenty-eight different Major League pitchers!
Grover Alexander (1915 & 1916), Lefty Grove (1930 & 1931), Sandy Koufax (1965 & 1966), and Roger Clemens (1997 & 1998) each accomplished a triple crown in pitching in consecutive years.
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