Triple Crown Near Misses

Jim Rice
Text: Cliff Corcoran
Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./SI

Jim Rice

Red Sox, 1978
.320 avg., 46 HR, 139 RBI's

Jim Rice's 1978 season practically put him in the Hall of Fame all by itself. That year, Rice led the majors in home runs, RBIs, hits, triples, total bases, slugging percentage, games, plate appearances, at-bats, led the American League in OPS, and OPS , started the All-Star Game and took home the AL MVP, but he fell 18 points shy of Rod Carew's AL-best .333 batting average.

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