List of Major League Baseball triples records

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There are various Major League Baseball records for triples.

175 career triples[edit]

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[edit]

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

Active players with 100 or more career triples (as of May 23, 2014):[2]

Top 10 in career triples, 1920–present[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

League leader in triples 4 or more seasons[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  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.

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