List of Major League Baseball triples records

There are various Major League Baseball records for triples.

175 career triples

Player Triples[1] Teams & Seasons
Sam Crawford 309 1899–1902 Cincinnati; 1903–17 Detroit
Ty Cobb 297 1905–26 Detroit; 1927–28 Philadelphia (AL)
Honus Wagner 252 1897–99 Louisville; 1900–17 Pittsburgh
Jake Beckley 2431 1888–89, 1891–96 Pittsburgh; 1890 Pittsburgh (PL); 1896–97 New York (NL); 1897–1903 Cincinnati; 1904–07 St. Louis (NL)
Roger Connor 233 1880–82 Troy (NL); 1883–91, 1893–94 New York (NL); 1892 Philadelphia (NL); 1894–97 St. Louis (NL)
Tris Speaker 222 1907–15 Boston (AL); 1916–26 Cleveland, 1927 Washington; 1928 Philadelphia (AL)
Dan Brouthers 2052 1879–80 Troy (NL); 1881–85 Buffalo (NL); 1886–88 Detroit (NL); Boston (NL); 1890–91 Boston (PL-AA); Brooklyn; 1894–95 Baltimore (NL); 1895 Louisville (NL); 1896 Philadelphia (NL); 1904 New York (NL)
Joe Kelley 194 1891, 1908 Boston (NL); 1892 Pittsburgh; 1892–98 Baltimore (NL); 1899–1901 Brooklyn; 1902 Baltimore (AL); 1902–06 Cincinnati
Paul Waner 191 1926–40 Pittsburgh; 1941–44 Boston (NL); 1941 Brooklyn; 1944–45 New York (AL)
Bid McPhee 1883 1882–89 Cincinnati (AA); 1890–99 Cincinnati (NL)
Eddie Collins 187 1906–14, 1927–30 Philadelphia (AL), 1915–26 Chicago (AL)
Ed Delahanty 1854 1888–89, 1891–1901 Philadelphia (NL); 1890 Cleveland (PL); 1902–03 Washington (AL)
Sam Rice 184 1915–33 Washington (AL); 1934 Cleveland
Jesse Burkett 182 1890 New York (NL); 1891–98 Cleveland (NL); 1899–1901 St. Louis (NL); 1902–04 St. Louis (AL); 1905 Boston (AL)
Ed Konetchy 1825 1907–13 St. Louis (NL); 1914 Pittsburgh; 15 Pittsburgh (FL); 1916–18 Boston (NL); 1919–21 Brooklyn; 1921 Philadelphia (NL)
Edd Roush 1826 1913 Chicago (AL); 1914–15 Indianapolis/Newark (FL); 1916, 1927–29 New York (NL); 1916–26, 1931 Cincinnati
Buck Ewing 178 1880–82 Troy (NL); 1883–92 New York (NL); 1893–94 Cleveland (NL); 1895–97 Cincinnati
Rabbit Maranville 177 1912–20, 1929–33, 1935 Boston (NL); 1921–24 Pittsburgh; 1925 Chicago (NL); 1926 Brooklyn; 1927–28 St. Louis (NL)
Stan Musial 177 1941–44, 1946–63 St. Louis (NL)

Closest active players

There are no active players that are considered close to realistically reaching 175 career triples.

As of the end of the 2018 season, the only active player with more than 100 career triples is José Reyes with 131.[2]

Top 10 in career triples, 1920–present

Player Triples[3] Teams & Seasons
Paul Waner 191 1926–40 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1941–44 Boston Braves, 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers, 1944–45 New York Yankees
Stan Musial 177 1941–44, 1946–63 St. Louis Cardinals
Goose Goslin 173 1921–30, 1933, 1938 Washington Senators, 1930–32 St. Louis Browns, 1934–37 Detroit Tigers
Roberto Clemente 166 1955–72 Pittsburgh
Sam Rice 165 1915–33 Washington Senators, 1934 Cleveland Indians
Pie Traynor 164 1920–35, 1937 Pittsburgh
Lou Gehrig 163 1923–39 New York (AL)
Heinie Manush 160 1923–27 Detroit; 1928–30 St. Louis (AL); 1930–35 Washington (AL); 1936 Boston (AL); 1937–38 Brooklyn; 1938–39 Pittsburgh
Kiki Cuyler 157 1921–27 Pittsburgh; 1928–35 Chicago (NL); 1935–37 Cincinnati; 38 Brooklyn
Earle Combs 154 1924–35 New York (AL)

Top 10 career triples by league

American League Player Triples National League Player Triples
Ty Cobb 297 Honus Wagner 252
Sam Crawford 249 Roger Connor 233
Tris Speaker 222 Jake Beckley 221
Eddie Collins 187 Fred Clarke 220
Sam Rice 184 Joe Kelley 194
Goose Goslin 177[4] Paul Waner 191
Joe Jackson 168[5] Buck Ewing 178
Lou Gehrig 163[6] Dan Brouthers 177
Joe Judge 158[7] Rabbit Maranville 177
Earle Combs 154[8] Stan Musial 177

25 triples in one season

Player Triples[9] Team Season
Chief Wilson 36 Pittsburgh Pirates 1912
Dave Orr 31 New York Metropolitans (AA) 1886
Heinie Reitz 31 Baltimore Orioles (NL) 1894
Perry Werden 29 St. Louis Browns (NL) 1894
Harry Davis 28 Pittsburgh Pirates 1897
George Davis 27 New York Giants 1893
Sam Thompson 27 Philadelphia Phillies 1894
Sam Crawford 26 Detroit Tigers 1914
Kiki Cuyler 26 Pittsburgh Pirates 1925
Joe Jackson 26 Cleveland Naps 1912
John Reilly 26 Cincinnati Reds 1890
George Treadway 26 Brooklyn Bridegrooms 1894
Roger Connor 25 New York Giants/St. Louis Browns (NL) 1894
Sam Crawford 25 Detroit Tigers 1903
Larry Doyle 25 New York Giants 1911
Buck Freeman 25 Washington Senators (NL) 1899
Tom Long 25 St. Louis Cardinals 1915

Evolution of the single season record for triples

Triples[10] Player Team Year Years Record Stood
14 Ross Barnes Chicago White Stockings 1876 6
14 Buttercup Dickerson Cincinnati Reds 1879 3
14 Harry Stovey Worcester Ruby Legs 1880 2
18 Roger Connor Troy Trojans 1882 2
20 Buck Ewing New York Giants 1884 3
20 Roger Connor New York Giants 1886 1
23 Sam Thompson Detroit Wolverines 1887 3
26 John Reilly Cincinnati Reds 1890 3
29 Perry Werden St. Louis Browns (NL) 1893 1
31 Heinie Reitz Baltimore Orioles (NL) 1894 18
21 Bill Keister Baltimore Orioles 1901 (1)7
21 Jimmy Williams Baltimore Orioles 1901 (1)
22 Sam Crawford Cincinnati Reds 1902 (1)
22 Tommy Leach Pittsburgh Pirates 1902 (1)
25 Sam Crawford Detroit Tigers 1903 (9)
36 Chief Wilson Pittsburgh Pirates 1912 current

Three or more seasons with 20 triples

Player Years Seasons & Teams
Sam Crawford[11] 5 1902 Cincinnati; 1903, 1912–14 Detroit
Ty Cobb[12] 4 1908, 1911–12, 1917 Detroit
Harry Stovey[13] 3 1883, 1888 Philadelphia Athletics (AA); 1891 Boston (NL)
Roger Connor[14] 3 1886–87 New York (NL); 1894 St. Louis (NL)
Dan Brouthers[15] 3 1887 Detroit (NL); 1892 Brooklyn; 1894 Baltimore (NL)
Sam Thompson[16] 3 1887 Detroit (NL); 1894–95 Philadelphia (NL)
Jimmy Williams[17] 3 1899 Pittsburgh; 1901–02 Baltimore
Joe Jackson[5] 3 1912 Cleveland; 1916, 1920 Chicago (AL)
Earle Combs[8] 3 1927–28, 1930 New York (AL)

Six or more seasons with 15 triples

Player Years Seasons & Teams
Sam Crawford 13 1900–02 Cincinnati; 1903–04, 1906–08, 1910, 1912–15 Detroit
Roger Connor 9 1882 Troy (NL); 1883, 1885–90 New York (NL); 1894 St. Louis (NL)
Dan Brouthers 7 1883–84 Buffalo (NL); 1886–87 Detroit (NL); 1891 Boston (AA); 1892 Brooklyn; 1894 Baltimore (NL)
Jake Beckley[18] 7 1890 Pittsburgh (PL); 1891–95 Pittsburgh; 1899 Cincinnati
Elmer Flick[18] 7 1900–01 Philadelphia (NL); 1903–07 Cleveland
Honus Wagner[19] 7 1900, 1902–03, 1908, 1911–12, 1915 Pittsburgh
Ty Cobb 7 1908, 1911–13, 1917, 1921–22 Detroit
Paul Waner[20] 7 1926–30, 1933–34 Pittsburgh
Joe Kelley[21] 6 1893–96, 1898 Baltimore (NL); 1900 Brooklyn
Ed Delahanty[22] 6 1892–94, 1896–97, 1901 Philadelphia (NL)
Joe Jackson 6 1911–13 Cleveland; 1916–17, 1920 Chicago (AL)

Four or more consecutive seasons with 15 triples

Player Years Seasons & Teams
Roger Connor 6 1885–90 New York
Jake Beckley 6 1890 Pittsburgh (PL); 1891–95 Pittsburgh
Sam Crawford 5 1900–02 Cincinnati; 1903–04 Detroit
Elmer Flick 5 1903–07 Cleveland
Goose Goslin 5 1923–27 Washington (AL)
Paul Waner 5 1926–30 Pittsburgh
Bill Kuehne[23] 4 1884 Columbus (AA); 1885–87 Pittsburgh
Joe Kelley 4 1893–96, 1898 Baltimore (NL)
Buck Freeman[24] 4 1901–04 Boston (AL)
Sam Crawford 4 1912–15 Detroit
George Sisler[25] 4 1919–22 St. Louis (AL)
Earle Combs 4 1927–30 New York (AL)

Twelve or more seasons with 10 triples

Player Years Seasons & Teams
Sam Crawford 17 1900–02 Cincinnati; 1903–16 Detroit
Ty Cobb 17 1907–19, 1921–22, 1924–25 Detroit
Jake Beckley 14 1889, 1891–95 Pittsburgh; 1890 Pittsburgh (PL); 1897 New York (NL)Cincinnati; 1898–1901, 1903 Cincinnati; 1905 St. Louis (NL)
Fred Clarke[26] 14 1896–98 Louisville (NL); 1900–09, 1911 Pittsburgh
Honus Wagner 13 1899 Louisville (NL); 1900–05, 1907–09, 1911–12, 1915 Pittsburgh
Tris Speaker 13 1909–15 Boston (AL); 1917–21, 1923 Cleveland
Eddie Collins 12 1909–14 Philadelphia (AL); 1915–17, 1920–22 Chicago (AL)

Eight or more consecutive seasons with 10 triples

Player Years Seasons & Teams
Sam Crawford 17 1900–02 Cincinnati; 1903–16 Detroit
Ty Cobb 13 1907–19 Detroit
Mike Tiernan[27] 10 1889–98 New York (NL)
Elmer Flick 10 1898–1901 Philadelphia (NL); 02 Philadelphia (AL)Cleveland; 1903–07 Cleveland
Fred Clarke 10 1900–09 Pittsburgh
Bobby Veach[28] 10 1913–22 Detroit
Sam Rice 10 1921–30 Washington (AL)
Paul Waner 10 1926–35 Pittsburgh
Eddie Collins 9 1909–14 Philadelphia (AL); 1915–17 Chicago (AL)
Earle Combs 9 1925–33 New York (AL)
Roger Connor 8 1885–91 New York (NL); 1892 Philadelphia (NL)
Ed McKean[29] 8 1890–97 Cleveland (NL)
Heinie Manush[30] 8 1927 Detroit; 1928–29 St. Louis (AL); 1930 St. Louis (AL)-Washington (AL); 1931–34 Washington (AL)

League leader in triples

League leader in triples 4 or more seasons

Player Titles[31] Seasons & Teams
Sam Crawford 6 1902 Cincinnati; 1903, 1910, 1913–15 Detroit
Stan Musial 5 1943, 1946, 1948–49, 1951 St. Louis-NL
Willie Wilson 5 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987–88 Kansas City
Lance Johnson 5 1991–94 Chicago (AL); 1996 New York (NL)
Harry Stovey 4 1880 Worcester Brown Stockings, 1884, 1888 Philadelphia Athletics (AA), 1891 Boston Beaneaters
Ty Cobb 4 1908, 1911, 1917–18 Detroit
Brett Butler 4 1983 Atlanta; 1986 Cleveland; 1994 Los Angeles (NL); 1995 Los Angeles (NL)-New York (NL)
Jimmy Rollins 4 2001–02, 2004, 2007 Philadelphia-NL

League leader in triples 3 or more consecutive seasons

Player Titles[31] Seasons & Teams
Lance Johnson 4 1991–94 Chicago (AL)
Elmer Flick 3 1905–07 Cleveland
Sam Crawford 3 1913–15 Detroit
Garry Templeton 3 1977–79 St. Louis (NL)
Carl Crawford 3 2004–06 Tampa Bay

League leader in triples in both leagues

Player Titles[31] Seasons & Teams
Sam Crawford 6 1902 Cincinnati; 1903, 1910, 1913–15 Detroit
Brett Butler 4 1983 Atlanta; 1986 Cleveland; 1994 Los Angeles (NL); 1995 Los Angeles (NL)-New York (NL)
Lance Johnson 5 1991–94 Chicago (AL); 1996 New York (NL)

4+ triples by an individual in one game

Triples[32][33] Player Team Date Opponent
4 George Strief Philadelphia Athletics (AA) June 25, 1885 Brooklyn Grays
4 Bill Joyce New York Giants May 18, 1897 Pittsburgh Pirates

110 triples by a team in one season

Triples[34] Team Season
131 Philadelphia Phillies 1894
130 Brooklyn Grooms 1894
129 Pittsburgh Pirates 1912
127 Pittsburgh Pirates 1893
124 Pittsburgh Pirates 1894
122 Pittsburgh Pirates 1924
121 Pittsburgh Pirates 1899
120 Cincinnati Reds 1890
120 Cincinnati Reds 1926
119 Pittsburgh Pirates 1930
116 Pittsburgh Pirates 1929
113 St. Louis Cardinals 1894
113 Boston Pilgrims 1903
111 Pittsburgh Pirates 1923
111 Cincinnati Reds 1924
110 Pittsburgh Pirates 1903
110 Pittsburgh Pirates 1922
110 New York Yankees 1930

See also

Notes

  1. Total includes one season in the Players' League. Major League Baseball recognizes this year of service, but this is not universally recognized by all historians. He hit 22 triples that season, giving him a National League career total of 221.
  2. Total includes 28 triples in his two years in the Players' League and American Association, giving 177 triples in his National League career.
  3. Total includes 76 triples in his 8 seasons with Cincinnati while they were in the American Association, giving 112 triples in his National League career.
  4. Total includes 13 triples in his one year in the Players' League, giving 172 triples in his National League career.
  5. Total includes 18 triples in his one year in the Federal League, giving 164 triples in his National League career.
  6. Total includes 15 triples in his one year in the Federal League, giving 167 triples in his Major League career.
  7. The 1901–1903 records for a single season are included because some historians do not recognize any record set prior to the "modern era" which began in 1901.

References

  1. ^ Career triples leaders @ mlb.com
  2. ^ "Active Leaders &Records for Triples | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  3. ^ http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/eHmq9
  4. ^ Goose Goslin career stats
  5. ^ a b Joe Jackson career stats
  6. ^ Lou Gehrig career stats
  7. ^ Joe Judge career stats
  8. ^ a b Earle Combs career stats
  9. ^ Single season triples leaders
  10. ^ Leader in hits by season
  11. ^ Sam Crawford career stats
  12. ^ Ty Cobb career stats
  13. ^ Harry Stovey career stats
  14. ^ Roger Connor career stats
  15. ^ Dan Brouthers career stats
  16. ^ Sam Thompson career stats
  17. ^ Jimmy Williams career stats
  18. ^ a b Jake Beckley career stats
  19. ^ Honus Wagner career stats
  20. ^ Paul Waner career stats
  21. ^ Joe Kelley career stats
  22. ^ Ed Delahanty career stats
  23. ^ Bill Kuehne career stats
  24. ^ Buck Freeman career stats
  25. ^ George Sisler career stats
  26. ^ Fred Clarke career stats
  27. ^ Mike Tiernan career stats
  28. ^ Bobby Veach career stats
  29. ^ Ed McKean career stats
  30. ^ Heinie Manush career stats
  31. ^ a b c "Yearly League Leaders & Records for Triples". statistical, by year, list. Baseball Reference.com. 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  32. ^ Single game triples records
  33. ^ Joyce and Strief record noted @ baseball library.com Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ Single season team records in triples
Bid McPhee

John Alexander "Bid" McPhee (November 1, 1859 – January 3, 1943) was an American 19th-century Major League Baseball second baseman. He played 18 seasons in the majors, from 1882 until 1899, all for the Cincinnati Reds franchise. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. Known more for his fielding than his hitting, McPhee was the last second baseman to play without a glove.

Bill Joyce (baseball)

William Michael Joyce (September 21, 1865 – May 8, 1941) was an American professional baseball player and manager. He was a third baseman over parts of eight seasons with the Brooklyn Ward's Wonders (of the Players' League), Boston Reds (of the American Association), Brooklyn Grooms, Washington Senators, and New York Giants. He also served as manager during his tenure with the Giants.

Joyce tied for the National League lead in home runs in 1896 (with Ed Delahanty) while playing for Washington and New York, and finished second three other times. He holds the record with four triples in one game, which he accomplished in 1897 (tying George Strief's 1885 record). In 1891, he reached base in 64 consecutive games, a major league record not bettered until 1941.

Joyce was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1865, and died in St. Louis at the age of 75. He is buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Brett Butler (baseball)

Brett Morgan Butler (born June 15, 1957) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball and current base running/outfield coach for the Miami Marlins. He played for five different teams from 1981 through 1997. Butler's best season came in 1991, when he made the National League All-Star team. He was diagnosed with cancer in May 1996, received treatment and returned to the playing field four months later. He retired in 1997 and began a baseball coaching career. He has coached or managed numerous professional teams. He was the manager of the Reno Aces minor league team from late 2008 through 2013.

Chief Wilson

John Owen "Chief" Wilson (August 21, 1883 – February 22, 1954) was an American professional baseball right fielder in Major League Baseball from 1908 to 1916. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals.

Wilson played minor league baseball for three teams until the end of 1907, when he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. After spending six seasons with the organization, Wilson was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he spent the last three seasons of his major league career and with whom he played his last game on October 1, 1916. Wilson is best known for setting the single-season record for triples in 1912 with 36, a record that still stands.

Dan Brouthers

Dennis Joseph "Dan" Brouthers (; May 8, 1858 – August 2, 1932) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball whose career spanned the period from 1879 to 1896, with a brief return in 1904. Nicknamed "Big Dan" for his size, he was 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and weighed 207 pounds (94 kg), which was large by 19th-century standards.Recognized as the first great slugger in baseball history, and among the greatest sluggers of his era, he held the record for career home runs from 1887 to 1889, with his final total of 106 tying for the fourth most of the 19th century. His career slugging percentage of .519 remained the Major League record for a player with at least 4,000 at bats until Ty Cobb edged ahead of him in 1922. At the time of his initial retirement, he also ranked second in career triples (205), and third in runs batted in (1,296) and hits.A dominant hitter during the prime of his career, he led (or was in the top of) the league in most offensive categories, including batting average, runs scored, runs batted in (RBI), on-base percentage and hits. He led the league in batting average five times, the most by a 19th-century player, and his career .342 batting average still ranks ninth all-time. Brouthers is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date who have appeared in Major League games in four decades.

He was also an active players' union member, and was elected vice president of the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players. Brouthers was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 by the Veterans Committee.

Dave Orr

David L. Orr (September 29, 1859 – June 2, 1915) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball from 1883 through 1890. Orr played most of his career in the American Association for the New York Metropolitans (1883–1887), Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1888) and Columbus Solons (1889). He also played for the New York Gothams in the National League for one game in 1883 and for the Brooklyn Ward's Wonders of the Players' League in 1890.

Orr was one of the best hitters in baseball during his major league career. He never hit below .305 for a full season, and his career batting average of .342 is the eleventh highest in major league history, and the third highest for a right-handed hitter. He was also regarded as the hardest-hitting batsman of his era. His 31 triples in 1886 was a major league record that stood for 25 years and has only been exceeded once. He was also the first batter to compile more than 300 total bases in a season.

Despite his weight (250 pounds at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)), Orr was also a solid defensive performer with a .973 fielding average. He twice led the American Association in range factor by a first baseman. In 1886, he led the Association's first basemen in putouts and fielding percentage, and in 1889 he led in assists with 61. Orr hit .371 in 1890, but his career was cut short by a stroke suffered during an exhibition game at the end of the 1890 season.

Earle Combs

Earle Bryan Combs (May 14, 1899 – July 21, 1976) was an American professional baseball player who played his entire career for the New York Yankees (1924–35). Combs batted leadoff and played center field on the Yankees' fabled 1927 team (often referred to as Murderers' Row). He is one of six players on that team who have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; the other five are Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock, Tony Lazzeri, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.

Combs led the league in triples three times and was among the top ten in the category in several other seasons. He suffered a fractured skull and other injuries from a crash into an outfield wall in 1934, then retired after another injury the next season. Nicknamed "the Kentucky Colonel", Combs was known as a gentleman on and off the field. He remained in baseball as a coach for many years after his retirement as a player.

George Strief

George Andrew Strief (October 16, 1856 – April 1, 1946) was an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder. Strief played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1879 to 1885 for the Cleveland Blues, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, St. Louis Browns, Kansas City Cowboys, Chicago Browns/Pittsburgh Stogies, and Philadelphia Athletics.

On May 3, 1882, Strief hit the first-ever home run in Pittsburgh Pirates history. Strief's home run came five years before the Pirates (then called the Pittsburgh Alleghenys) entered the National League. Until 1887, the club was a member of the American Association, and Strief's home run was against the Cincinnati Red Stockings in a 7-3 Pittsburgh loss. The game was only second, and first loss, in franchise history.Strief set the record for most triples in a game, four, in 1885 (equalled by Bill Joyce in 1897). Also in 1885 he became the first player to collect five extra base hits in a game.

Goose Goslin

Leon Allen "Goose" Goslin (October 16, 1900 – May 15, 1971) was a left fielder in Major League Baseball known for his powerful left-handed swing and dependable clutch hitting. He played 18 seasons with the Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns, and Detroit Tigers, from 1921 until 1938. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968.

Honus Wagner

Johannes Peter "Honus" Wagner (; February 24, 1874 – December 6, 1955), sometimes referred to as "Hans" Wagner, was an American baseball shortstop who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wagner won his eighth (and final) batting title in 1911, a National League record that remains unbroken to this day, and matched only once, in 1997, by Tony Gwynn. He also led the league in slugging six times and stolen bases five times. Wagner was nicknamed "The Flying Dutchman" due to his superb speed and German heritage. This nickname was a nod to the popular folk-tale made into a famous opera by another Wagner.

In 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Wagner as one of the first five members. He received the second-highest vote total, behind Ty Cobb and tied with Babe Ruth.

Most baseball historians consider Wagner to be the greatest shortstop ever and one of the greatest players ever. Ty Cobb himself called Wagner "maybe the greatest star ever to take the diamond." Honus Wagner is also the featured player of one of the rarest and the most valuable baseball cards in existence.

Jake Beckley

Jacob Peter Beckley (August 4, 1867 – June 25, 1918), nicknamed "Eagle Eye", was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for several major league teams between 1888 and 1907. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

Joe Judge

Joseph Ignatius Judge (May 25, 1894 – March 11, 1963) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Washington Senators. He set American League records for career games (2,056), putouts (19,021), assists (1,284), total chances (20,444), double plays (1,476) and fielding percentage (.993) at first base, and led the AL in fielding average five times, then a record. He also batted over .300 nine times, and hit .385 in the 1924 World Series as the Senators won their only championship. At the end of his career he ranked tenth in AL history in hits (2,328) and doubles (431), seventh in games played (2,129), eighth in triples (158) and at bats (7,786), and ninth in walks (958).

Joe Kelley

Joseph James Kelley (December 9, 1871 – August 14, 1943) was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) who starred in the outfield of the Baltimore Orioles teams of the 1890s. Making up the nucleus of the Orioles along with John McGraw, Willie Keeler, and Hughie Jennings, Kelley received the nickname "Kingpin of the Orioles".In his MLB career, Kelley played in the National League (NL) for the Boston Beaneaters (1891), Pittsburgh Pirates (1892), Baltimore Orioles (1892–1898), and Brooklyn Superbas (1899–1901), before he jumped to the upstart American League to play for the Baltimore Orioles (1902). He returned to the NL with Cincinnati Reds (1902–1906) and Boston Doves (1908). Kelley served as player-manager of the Reds (1902–1905) and Doves (1908). After extending his career in the minor leagues, he coached the Brooklyn Robins (1926), and scouted for the New York Yankees (1915–1916).

Kelley was regarded as an excellent batter, a good base runner, and a great leader. Over his seventeen-season MLB career, Kelley had a .317 batting average, and batted over .300 in eleven consecutive seasons. Kelley stole a career-high 87 bases in the 1896 season, which led MLB. He finished in the league's top ten in categories such as batting average, home runs, runs batted in (RBI), and stolen bases numerous times. He served as team captain of the Orioles and the Superbas. In recognition of his career achievements, Kelley was elected a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1971.

Lance Johnson

Kenneth Lance Johnson (born July 6, 1963) is a retired Major League Baseball center fielder.

Johnson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Princeton High School, he completed his education at the University of South Alabama. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in 6th round of the 1984 amateur draft. In 1986, he led the Class AA Arkansas Travelers with 82 runs, 129 hits, 6 triples, and a league-leading 49 stolen bases. At the age of 24, Johnson broke into the big leagues on July 10, 1987, In 1987 Johnson, playing for the Louisville Redbirds, was the American Association Most Valuable Player. From 1988 to 1995 Johnson played for the Chicago White Sox.

Johnson is the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to lead both the American League and the National League in hits, and he did it in back-to-back seasons. He led the American League in hits in 1995 for the White Sox, and he led the National League in hits in 1996 for the Mets.

From 1991 through 1994, Johnson led the American League in triples, becoming the first player in Major League history to lead his league in triples for four consecutive years. In 1996, he led the National League in triples, becoming the third player in history to lead both leagues in triples (Sam Crawford and Brett Butler being the first two).

Also one of three major leaguers (the other two are Joe Carter and Steve Sax) to lead both leagues in at bats two consecutive years. The Chicago White Sox in 1995 and with the New York Mets in 1996, making him the only major leaguer to lead both leagues in at bats, hits and triples.

As of 2013, he is one of only four players (Crawford, Stan Musial, and Willie Wilson) to lead the league in triples as many as five times. He is also one of a handful of players to collect three triples in one game, doing so on September 23, 1995 in the White Sox' 14-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The three triples were part of a 6-for-6 performance for Johnson, who became the first White Sox to collect six hits in one game since Floyd Robinson in 1962.

His finest season came in 1996 with the New York Mets. That year, he accumulated 227 hits, 21 triples (the highest single season total in that category since 1985), 50 steals, 31 doubles (the only season in which he accumulated at least 20), 69 Runs Batted In, 117 runs scored, and a .333 batting average, all career highs. This was Johnson's only season in which he was selected for the All Star team.

After the Mets, he played with the Chicago Cubs from 1997 to 1999. He was slowed down by injuries during his years with the Cubs and in 2000, he finally ended his career after the New York Yankees sent him to the minor leagues in mid-season. The Yankees won the World Series that year and Johnson was given a World Series ring for his service to the team.

His speed on the base paths, and his uniform number "1", earned him the endearing nickname "One Dog". "One Dog" is also the name of the record company he had during his MLB career.He now resides in Alabama with his wife.

Paul Waner

Paul Glee Waner (April 16, 1903 – August 29, 1965), nicknamed Big Poison, was an American professional baseball right fielder. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves, and New York Yankees of Major League Baseball from 1926 to 1945. He won three National League (NL) batting titles and the NL Most Valuable Player Award while with the Pirates. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1952.

Roger Connor

Roger Connor (July 1, 1857 – January 4, 1931) was a 19th-century Major League Baseball (MLB) player. He played for several teams, but his longest tenure was in New York, where he was responsible for the New York Gothams becoming known as the Giants. He was the player whom Babe Ruth succeeded as the all-time home run champion. Connor hit 138 home runs during his 18-year career, and his career home run record stood for 23 years after his retirement in 1897.

Connor owned and managed minor league baseball teams after his playing days. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by its Veterans Committee in 1976. Largely forgotten after his retirement, Connor was buried in an unmarked grave until a group of citizens raised money for a grave marker in 2001.

Sam Crawford

Samuel Earl Crawford (April 18, 1880 – June 15, 1968), nicknamed "Wahoo Sam", was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Crawford batted and threw left-handed, stood 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg). Born in Wahoo, Nebraska, he had a short minor league baseball career before entering the majors with the Cincinnati Reds in 1899. He played for the Reds until 1902. Crawford then joined the Detroit Tigers and played for Detroit from 1903 to 1917. He was one of the greatest sluggers of his era, leading his league in home runs twice and in runs batted in three times. He still hold the MLB record for most career triples, with 309. While with the Tigers, Crawford played alongside superstar Ty Cobb, and the two had an intense rivalry while also helping Detroit win three American League championships from 1907 to 1909.

After his MLB career ended, Crawford moved to California, where he lived the rest of his life. He was a player and umpire in the Pacific Coast League and was a coach at the University of Southern California. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957.

Shoeless Joe Jackson

Joseph Jefferson Jackson (July 16, 1887 – December 5, 1951), nicknamed "Shoeless Joe", was an American star outfielder who played Major League Baseball (MLB) in the early 1900s. He is remembered for his performance on the field and for his alleged association with the Black Sox Scandal, in which members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox participated in a conspiracy to fix the World Series. As a result of Jackson's association with the scandal, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Major League Baseball's first commissioner, banned Jackson from playing after the 1920 season despite exceptional play in the 1919 World Series, leading both teams in several statistical categories and setting a World Series record with 12 base hits. Since then, Jackson's guilt has been fiercely debated with new accounts claiming his innocence, urging Major League Baseball to reconsider his banishment. As a result of the scandal, Jackson's career was abruptly halted in his prime, ensuring him a place in baseball lore.

Jackson played for three Major League teams during his 12-year career. He spent 1908–1909 as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics and 1910 with the minor league New Orleans Pelicans before joining the Cleveland Naps at the end of the 1910 season. He remained in Cleveland through the first part of 1915; he played the remainder of the 1915 season through 1920 with the Chicago White Sox. Later in life, Jackson played ball under assumed names throughout the south, including the 71st Service squadron in 1934 and winning the league title.

Jackson, who played left field for most of his career, currently has the third-highest career batting average in major league history. In 1911, Jackson hit for a .408 average. It is still the sixth-highest single-season total since 1901, which marked the beginning of the modern era for the sport. His average that year also set the record for batting average in a single season by a rookie. Babe Ruth said that he modeled his hitting technique after Jackson's.Jackson still holds the Indians and White Sox franchise records for both triples in a season and career batting average. In 1999, he ranked number 35 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. The fans voted him as the 12th-best outfielder of all-time. He also ranks 33rd on the all-time list for non-pitchers according to the win shares formula developed by Bill James.

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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