SportsNation, meet Joe Medwick. You may be hearing a lot about him in the weeks to come. Medwick won the NL Triple Crown in 1937 as part of the Gas House Gang in St. Louis. That same year, War Admiral captured horse racing's Triple Crown. And for all the talk of the recent drought of winners on the track, seven horses have swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont since War Admiral did it.
Not a single player from the Senior Circuit has matched Medwick's trifecta in that span.
Enter Albert Pujols and Joey Votto, either of whom would seem to have a great shot at the Triple Crown, if not for the other. Chatting with SportsNation, Jerry Crasnick and Rob Neyer addressed how rare the current situation is and how much the feat means.
Jerry, Albert Pujols is .001 behind Joey Votto for the Batting Crown. If he were to overtake him in the next couple of days, when was the last time someone was leading all the Triple Crown categories this late in the year?
Dennis, Glad you asked. Jason McCallum of ESPN just sent out a note about this yesterday. Dick Allen of the White Sox led in all 3 Triple Crown categories on Sept. 8, 1972. The last NL player to lead all three departments this late in the year was Johnny Mize. He ranked first in HRs, BA and RBIs on Sept. 14, 1940. So it's been a while. Full transcript
Pujols and Votto making a run for the Triple Crown seems like it is good for baseball, but it also reinforces the importance of RBI, which doesn't seem like a good thing. What's your take?
I'm not worried. I think we're getting over RBI, as we should. Which doesn't mean a Triple Crown wouldn't be really cool. I just think Omar Infante's going to get in the way! Full transcript