Ethier Gunning For Triple Crown

Andre Ethier

Of course, it's obviously much to early to seriously consider Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier a triple crown threat, but at this point in early May he does, indeed, lead the National League in the three important categories, batting average (.358), home runs (9) and runs batted in (26).

So let's enjoy it as long as it lasts.

Since 1890 there has been only 13 players who have obtained such lofty totals, nine in the American League and four in the National League. Only Ted Williams has earned two titles.

Year    Lg         Player, Team	                (BA, HR, RBI)
1967	AL	Carl Yastrzemski, Boston	.326  44  121	
1966	AL	Frank Robinson, Baltimore	.316  49  122
1956	AL	Mickey Mantle, New York	        .353  52  130
1947    AL	Ted Williams, Boston		.343  32  114
1942    AL 	Ted Williams, Boston		.356  36  137
1937	NL	Joe Medwick, St. Louis		.374  31  154
1934	AL 	Lou Gehrig, New York		.363  49  165
1933	AL	Jimmy Foxx, Philadelphia	.356  48  163
1933	NL	Chuck Klein, Philadelphia	.368  28  120 
1925	NL	Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis	.403  39  143
1909	AL	Ty Cobb, Detroit		.377   9  107
1901	AL	Nap Lajoie, Philadelphia	.426  14  125
1894	NL	Hugh Duffy, Boston		.440  18  145
Rare Accomplishment
Even a team triple crown is difficult to come by. In the 121 seasons the Dodgers have been in the National League, there have been 23 triple crown seasons, with future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza and Pedro Guerrero earning three titles each.

Remind me again why we traded Mike.

Adrian Beltré won the Non-Steroid Division Triple Crown in the National League in 2004 but the official title went elsewhere.

In Brooklyn, only Babe Herman was a double winner.

The earliest winner was Tom Daly, whose marks of .289-8-90 are modest by todays standard. And the numbers of each winner reflect the era during which he played.

It is obviously easier to earn two legs of the triple crown and Los Angeles players have accomplished that on a number of occasions. Steve Garvey was one leg short in six different seasons. The Dodgers first baseman topped his team in batting average five times, in home runs twice and in runs batted in seven times but put all three categories together only once.

Ethier led the 2008 team in average and home runs and the 2009 team in home runs and runs batted in.

Brooklyn/Los Angeles Team Triple Crown Winners
				 ave   hr  rbi
2005	Jeff Kemp		.289  29  105
2004	Adrian Beltré		.334  48  121
2002	Shawn Green		.285  42  114
2000	Gary Sheffield		.325  43  109
1997	Mike Piazza		.362  40  124
1994	Mike Piazza		.319  24   92
1993	Mike Piazza		.318  35  112
1987	Pedro Guerrero		.338  27   89
1983	Pedro Guerrero		.304  32  100
1982	Pedro Guerrero		.298  32  103
1979	Steve Garvey		.315  28  110
1972	Willie Davis		.289  19   79
1961	Wally Moon		.325  17   88
 
 Brooklyn                        ave   hr  rbi
1944	Dixie Walker		.357  13   91
1930	Babe Herman		.393  35  130
1926	Babe Herman		.319  11   81 
1923	Jack Fournier		.351  22  102 
1922 	Zach Wheat		.335  16  112
1909	John Hummel		.280   4   82
1908	Tim Jordan		.247  12   60
1901	Jimmy Sheckard		.354  11  104
1899	Joe Kelley		.326   6   93
1893	Tom Daly		.289   8   90

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