The following is a list of the players who hit the most triples in a season in major league baseball history. This is considered one of the most unbreakable records in baseball history.
I’ve broken down the list by the actual most triples ever hit in a season in major league baseball history, and then listed the players with the most triples in baseball since 1900, and finally listed the player with most triples in a season since 2000.
Most Triples in a Season in Major League Baseball History
1. Chief Wilson (1912) – 36
Chief Wilson of the Pittsburgh Pirates set the major league record for most triples in a season in 1912 when he hit 36. The record 36 triples was easily the most Chief Wilson ever had in a season, as his second best triples total for a season was 14.
For his career, which lasted nine years, Chief Wilson hit 114 triples. So he hit 31.6% of his career triples in 1912. The Pirates team hit 129 triples in 1912, the most by any team since 1900. Many baseball historians consider Chief Wilson’s single season record record of 36 triples to be unbreakable.
T-2. Dave Orr (1886) – 31
Dave Orr of the New York Metropolitans hit 31 triples in 1886, which is the most in baseball history by a right-handed batter, and second most by any hitter. Orr also hit 21 triples in 1885, and had 108 for his career. Dave Orr had a .342 career batting average.
T-2. Heinie Reitz (1894) – 31
Heinie Reitz of the Baltimore Orioles hit 31 triples in 1894, which is tied with Dave Orr for the second most triples in baseball history for a season. Reitz played seven years in the majors, and only hit 65 triples. So he hit nearly 48% of his career total for triples in 1894.
Most Triples in a Season in Major League History Since 1900
1. Chief Wilson (1912) – 36
T-2. Sam Crawford (1914) – 26
Baseball Hall of Fame player Sam Crawford hit 26 triples for the Detroit Tigers in 1914. Crawford led the league six times in triples, and holds the major league baseball record for most career triples with 309.
T-2. Kiki Cuyler (1925) – 26
Another Baseball Hall of Fame player, Kiki Cuyler, hit 26 triples for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1925. That is the most triples in a season since 1900 by a right-handed batter.
T-2. Shoeless Joe Jackson (1912) – 26
Shoeless Joe Jackson hit 26 triples during the 1912 season for the Cleveland Naps. Shoeless Joe Jackson was banned from baseball for helping to fix the 1919 World Series as a member of the Chicago White Sox (often called the Black Sox). Before he was banned for life, Shoeless Joe played the 1920 season, and hit a league leading 20 triples that season.
Most Triples in Season Since 2000
1. Curtis Granderson (2007) – 23
Curtis Granderson of the Detroit Tigers had 23 triples during the 2007 season. That is the most triples of any player since 2000, and is actually the most triples in a season since 1930.