Baseball Hall of Famer Sam Crawford of the Detroit Tigers holds the Major League Baseball triples record, with 309. Second to him is his Tigers teammate, Ty Cobb, with 295, the American League record. Honus Wagner is third with 252, the National League record.
Crawford began his baseball career playing semi-pro ball around his birthplace of Wahoo, Nebraska (hence his popular nickname, “Wahoo Sam”). He rose quickly through the minors, debuting in the majors at age 19 with the Cincinnati Reds in September, 1899 and batting .307 in 31 games. He was traded to the Tigers in 1903 and played the rest of his career in Detroit. Crawford was generally regarded as the strongest hitter of his day — he is the only player to lead both the National and American League in home runs — yet the triple, which also required a tremendous amount of speed, was his specialty.
Among these three career leaders, Crawford also hit the most triples (26) in a season, which he accomplished as a 34-year-old player in 1914.
Crawford was eventually elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1957. Crawford lived to the age of 100 and was the oldest living baseball player when he died in 1968.