Power hitters don’t usually run very well. And speedsters aren’t prone to hitting home runs. So it would be reasonable to say that players who are among the league leaders in home runs don’t usually find their names near the top of the triples leader board. Of course, there have been some exceptions over the years.
Hall of Famer Stan Musial led the league in triples in 1948, 1949 and 1951. He hit 39, 36 and 32 homers in those years, respectively. More recently, in 2007, Jimmy Rollins led the league with 20 triples while hitting 30 homers to capture the National League Most Valuable Player Award.
Only three players in the modern era of baseball (since 1900) have led their respective leagues in triples and homers in the same season. Those players are Willie Mays (13 triples, 51 homers in 1955), Mickey Mantle (11 triples, 37 homers, also in 1955) and Jim Rice (15 triples, 46 homers in 1978). All three are in the Hall of Fame.
As you can see, it’s quite rare for a player to be am...