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Sam Crawford

Wahoo Same Crawford still holding records today. Sam Earl Crawford holds baseball's career record for triples with 312. In fact, he led the American League in triples 5 times. Sam played in the outfield with Hall of Fame Legend, Ty Cobb. He played with the Detroit Tigers for 15 of his 19 big league years during which Detroit won the pennant 3 years in a row. Sam became the first player in the modern era to win homerun titles in both the National League and the American League.

The Baseball Hall of Fame details Sam's success story. According to the site: If we were looking for a model for a statue of a slugger, we would choose Sam Crawford. Baseball Magazine, 1916

  • Begin playing baseball in Wahoo, NE
  • September 1899 - Debutted with the Cincinnati Reds batting .307 in 31 games
  • 1903 - Moved to the Detriot Tigers, lead the league in triples with 25
  • 1907 - Tigers won the first of 3 pennants
  • 1910 - Led the league in triples and runs batted in
  • 1917 - Led the league in triples 6 times, home runs twice, runs batted in three times, total bases twice, and once each in runs and doubles

For his career, he batted .309 over 19 seasons, while also hitting the identical number—309—in triples. He stole 367 bases, drove in 1,525 runs, scored 1,391 times, hit 458 doubles, and rang up 2,961 hits. He remains the career leader in triples, hitting 14 more than Cobb, a teammate with whom he did not always get along. Never the less, Cobb’s advocacy of Crawford is often cited as a contributing factor in his 1957 election to the Hall of Fame.

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