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In baseball, a triple is a hit in which the batter advances to third base in one play, with neither the benefit of a fielding error nor another runner being put out on a fielder's choice. Triples were more common in baseball's dead-ball era, when teams relied more on stolen bases and hit and run plays than on the home run. More distant fences in old ballparks, such as Pittsburgh's Forbes Fieldmarker and Detroit's Tiger Stadiummarker, also produced fewer home runs and more triples on well-hit balls. As a result, most of the players on this list have been retired for decades. Of the 158 Major League Baseball players who have hit 100 or more triples, 68 are members of Baseball's Hall of Famemarker.

Hall of Famer Sam Crawford of the Detroit Tigers holds the Major League Baseball triples record, with 309. Second to him is his Tigers teammate, Ty Cobb, with 297, the American League record. Honus Wagner is third with 252, the National League record.Jake Beckley (243), Roger Connor (233), Tris Speaker (222), Fred Clarke (220), and Dan Brouthers (205) are the only other players to have hit at least 200 triples. Only triples hit during the regular season are included in the totals (George Brett holds the record for post-season triples, with five).

Since Kenny Lofton's retirement after the 2007 season, there are no active players with 100 or more career triples, making 2008 the first season since 1885 in which no active player had more than 100 triples. The closest active players to 100 triples are Johnny Damon and Jimmy Rollins, both of whom have 95.

Leaders

  • Includes games through October 4, 2009


Rank Player Triples First MLB
season
Last MLB
season
Ref
1 309
2 297
3 252
4 243
5 233
6 222
7 220
8 205
9 194
10 191
11 188
12 187
13 185
14 184
15 182
15 182
15 182
18 178
19 177
19 177
21 174
22 173
23 172
23 172
25 169
26 168
27 166
27 166
29 165
30 164
30 164
30 164
33 163
33 163
33 163
33 163
37 162
38 161
39 160
39 160
39 160
42 159
42 159
44 158
45 157
45 157
47 155
48 154
49 151
49 151
49 151
52 149
52 149
54 148
54 148
56 147
56 147
58 146
59 145
59 145
61 143
62 142
63 141
64 140
65 139
65 139
67 138
67 138
67 138
70 137
71 136
71 136
71 136
74 135
74 135
76 133
77 132
78 131
78 131
78 131
81 130
82 129
82 129
84 128
84 128
86 127
87 126
87 126
89 125
90 124
90 124
90 124
90 124
94 123
94 123
96 121
97 120
98 119
98 119
100 118
100 118
100 118
103 117
103 117
103 117
106 116
106 116
108 115
108 115
110 114
110 114
110 114
110 114
110 114
115 113
115 113
115 113
118 112
118 112
118 112
118 112
122 111
123 110
123 110
125 109
125 109
125 109
125 109
129 108
129 108
129 108
129 108
129 108
129 108
135 107
135 107
137 106
137 106
137 106
140 105
140 105
140 105
143 104
144 103
144 103
146 102
146 102
146 102
146 102
146 102
146 102
146 102
146 102
154 101
154 101
156 100
156 100
156 100


Closest active players

Four active players are within twenty triples of 100:

Player Triples First MLB
season
Ref
95
95
92
85


See also



References

  1. Years link to the article about the baseball season for that year.
  2. Some sources, including the Hall of Fame, give Crawford's career total as 312. See
  3. Some older sources give Williams's career total as 138. According to SABR, "After Jimmy was collared in the season opener ..., Bill 'Wee Willie' Dammann gave up the overlooked hit when Cincy outfielder Elmer Smith, a Pittsburgh native and a former Pirate for several years, 'made a very bad mess of handling Jimmy's fly to left.' No hometown news outlet charged Elmer with an error for his misjudged 'awkward path' yet some box scores neglected to give Williams a triple, but 'the ball fell safe, Williams taking three bases.'"



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