The Splendid Splinter will get his place in a second, but for now, let’s focus on the last triple crown in Major League history.
Carl Yastrzemski put it all together in 1967, leading the league with a .326 average, 44 homers, and 121 RBI to go along with league bests in on-base percentage (.418), slugging percentage (.622), and OPS+ (193). But to fully appreciate Yaz’s season, you have to look at his September.
With three teams within two games of Boston Sept. 1, the Boston left fielder went on an absolute tear, hitting .417 for the month with nine homers, 26 RBI, and a 1.265 OPS. Even with his efforts, Boston was tied for the division lead with Minnesota on the last day of the season—when Boston and Minnesota squared off. Yaz went 4-4 with a double and two RBI to secure the pennant and his only MVP trophy.