List of Major League Baseball single-season triples leaders

Below is the list of 112 instances in which Major League Baseball players have hit 20 or more triples in a single season. Active players are in bold.

Rank Player Triples Year
   1 Chief Wilson 36 1912
   2 Dave Orr 31 1886
   Heinie Reitz 31 1894
   4 Perry Werden 29 1893
   5 Harry Davis 28 1897
   Jimmy Williams 28 1899
   7 George Davis 27 1893
   Sam Thompson 27 1894
   9 John Reilly 26 1890
   George Treadway 26 1894
   Joe Jackson 26 1912
   Sam Crawford 26 1914
   Kiki Cuyler 26 1925
   14 Roger Connor 25 1894
   Buck Freeman 25 1899
   Sam Crawford 25 1903
   Larry Doyle 25 1911
   Tom Long 25 1915
   19 Ed McKean 24 1893
   Ty Cobb 24 1911
   Ty Cobb 24 1917
   22 Harry Stovey 23 1884
   Sam Thompson 23 1887
   Elmer Smith 23 1893
   Dan Brouthers 23 1894
   Nap Lajoie 23 1897
   Ty Cobb 23 1912
   Sam Crawford 23 1913
   Earle Combs 23 1927
   Adam Comorosky 23 1930
   Dale Mitchell 23 1949
   Curtis Granderson 23 2007
   33 Roger Connor 22 1887
   Jake Beckley 22 1890
   Bid McPhee 22 1890
   Joe Visner 22 1890
   Willie Keeler 22 1894
   Kip Selbach 22 1895
   John Anderson 22 1898
   Honus Wagner 22 1900
   Sam Crawford 22 1902
   Tommy Leach 22 1902
   Bill Bradley 22 1903
   Elmer Flick 22 1906
   Birdie Cree 22 1911
   Mike Mitchell 22 1911
   Tris Speaker 22 1913
   Hy Myers 22 1920
   Jake Daubert 22 1922
   Paul Waner 22 1926
   Earle Combs 22 1930
   Snuffy Stirnweiss 22 1945
   52 Dave Orr 21 1885
   Billy Shindle 21 1890
   Mike Tiernan 21 1890
   Tom Brown 21 1891
   Ed Delahanty 21 1892
   Sam Thompson 21 1895
   Mike Tiernan 21 1895
   Tom McCreery 21 1896
   George Van Haltren 21 1896
   Bobby Wallace 21 1897
   Bill Keister 21 1901
   Jimmy Williams 21 1901
   Jimmy Williams 21 1902
   Cy Seymour 21 1905
   Frank Schulte 21 1911
   Frank Baker 21 1912
   Sam Crawford 21 1912
   Vic Saier 21 1913
   Joe Jackson 21 1916
   Edd Roush 21 1924
   Earle Combs 21 1928
   Willie Wilson 21 1985
   Lance Johnson 21 1996
   76 Buck Ewing 20 1884
   Roger Connor 20 1886
   Dan Brouthers 20 1887
   Dick Johnston 20 1887
   Harry Stovey 20 1888
   Jocko Fields 20 1890
   Perry Werden 20 1890
   Harry Stovey 20 1891
   Dan Brouthers 20 1892
   Jake Virtue 20 1892
   Tommy Corcoran 20 1894
   Joe Kelley 20 1894
   Jake Stenzel 20 1894
   Duff Cooley 20 1895
   Buck Freeman 20 1903
   George Stone 20 1906
   Ty Cobb 20 1908
   Red Murray 20 1912
   Honus Wagner 20 1912
   Dots Miller 20 1913
   Rogers Hornsby 20 1920
   Joe Jackson 20 1920
   Rabbit Maranville 20 1924
   Goose Goslin 20 1925
   Lou Gehrig 20 1926
   Curt Walker 20 1926
   Jim Bottomley 20 1928
   Heinie Manush 20 1928
   Lloyd Waner 20 1929
   Bill Terry 20 1931
   Joe Vosmik 20 1935
   Jeff Heath 20 1941
   Stan Musial 20 1943
   Stan Musial 20 1946
   Willie Mays 20 1957
   George Brett 20 1979
   Cristian Guzmán 20 2000
   Jimmy Rollins 20 2007

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Frank Schulte

Frank M. "Wildfire" Schulte (September 17, 1882 – October 2, 1949) was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Senators from 1904 to 1918. He helped the Cubs win four National League (NL) championships and two World Series. In 1911, he won the NL Chalmers Award, the precursor to the Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award.

Jake Stenzel

Jacob Charles Stenzel (June 24, 1867 – January 6, 1919) was an American professional baseball player. He played as a center fielder in Major League Baseball from 1890 to 1899 for the Chicago Colts, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Browns / Perfectos, and Cincinnati Reds. Stenzel was 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 168 pounds (76 kg).

Lloyd Waner

Lloyd James Waner (March 16, 1906 – July 22, 1982), nicknamed Little Poison, was a Major League Baseball (MLB) center fielder. His small stature at 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) and 132 lb (68 kg) made him one of the smallest players of his era. Along with his brother, Paul Waner, he anchored the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield throughout the 1920s and 1930s. After brief stints with four other teams late in his career, Waner retired as a Pirate.

Waner finished with a batting average over .300 in ten seasons. He earned a selection to the MLB All-Star Game in 1938. Lloyd and Paul Waner set the record for career hits by brothers in MLB. He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1967. He worked as a scout for the Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles after retiring as a player.

Stan Musial

Stanley Frank Musial (; born Stanisław Franciszek Musiał; November 21, 1920 – January 19, 2013), nicknamed Stan the Man, was an American baseball outfielder and first baseman. He spent 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, from 1941 to 1944 and 1946 to 1963. Widely considered to be one of the greatest and most consistent hitters in baseball history, Musial was a first-ballot inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969, and was also selected to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2014.

Musial batted .331 over the course of his career and set National League (NL) records for career hits (3,630), runs batted in (1,951), games played (3,026), at bats (10,972), runs scored (1,949) and doubles (725). His 475 career home runs then ranked second in NL history behind Mel Ott's total of 511. His 6,134 total bases remained a major league record until surpassed by Hank Aaron, and his hit total still ranks fourth all-time, and is the highest by any player who spent his career with only one team. A seven-time batting champion with identical totals of 1,815 hits at home and 1,815 hits on the road, he was named the National League's (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times and led St. Louis to three World Series championships. He also shares the major league record for the most All-Star Games played (24) with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. Musial was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, where he frequently played baseball informally or in organized settings, and eventually played on the baseball team at Donora High School.

Signed to a professional contract by the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher in 1938, Musial had arm problems and performed erratically on the mound for two seasons. On the recommendation of minor league manager Dickie Kerr, Musial was converted into an outfielder and made his major league debut in 1941.

Noted for his unique batting stance, he quickly established himself as a consistent and productive hitter. In his first full season, 1942, the Cardinals won the World Series. The following year, he led the NL in six different offensive categories and earned his first MVP award. He was also named to the NL All-Star squad for the first time; he appeared in every All-Star game in every subsequent season he played. Musial won his second World Series championship in 1944, then missed the entire 1945 season while serving in the Navy.

After completing his military service during the war, Musial returned to baseball in 1946 and resumed his consistent hitting. That year he earned his second MVP award and third World Series title. His third MVP award came in 1948, when he finished one home run short of winning baseball's Triple Crown. After struggling offensively in 1959, Musial used a personal trainer to help maintain his productivity until he decided to retire in 1963. At the time of his retirement, he held or shared 17 major league records, 29 National League records, and nine All-Star Game records. Ironically, in 1964, the season following his retirement, the Cardinals went on to defeat the New York Yankees in an epic 7-game clash, for St. Louis' first World Series championship in nearly two decades (a team which included future Hall of Famer Lou Brock performing what would have likely been Musial's left field duties). In addition to overseeing businesses, such as a restaurant both before and after his playing career, Musial served as the Cardinals' general manager in 1967, winning the pennant and World Series, then quitting that position. He also became noted for his harmonica playing, a skill he acquired during his playing career. Known for his modesty and sportsmanship, Musial was selected for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999. In February 2011, President Barack Obama presented Musial with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian awards that can be bestowed on a person by the United States government.

Triple (baseball)

In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base after hitting the ball, with neither the benefit of a fielder's misplay (see error) nor another runner being put out on a fielder's choice. A triple is sometimes called a "three-bagger" or "three-base hit". For statistical and scorekeeping purposes it is denoted by 3B.Triples have become somewhat rare in Major League Baseball. It often requires a ball hit to a distant part of the field, or the ball taking an unusual bounce in the outfield. It also usually requires that the batter hit the ball solidly, and be a speedy runner. It also often requires that the batter's team have a good strategic reason for wanting the batter on third base, as a double will already put the batter in scoring position and there will often be little strategic advantage to taking the risk of trying to stretch a double into a triple. (The inside-the-park home run is much rarer than a triple). The trend for modern ballparks is to have smaller outfields (often increasing the number of home runs); it has ensured that the career and season triples leaders mostly consist of those who played early in Major League Baseball history, generally in the dead-ball era.

A walk-off triple (one that ends a game) occurs very infrequently. For example, the 2016 MLB season saw only three walk-off triples, excluding one play that was actually a triple plus an error.

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