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MLB pitchers who have won the Triple Crown

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Unlike the batter's Triple Crown, where the rare combination of hitting for power and a high average led to a nearly five-decade gap between the most recent two winners, the pitcher's Triple Crown is slightly more common, with winners in each league as recently as 2011.

Unlike the batter's Triple Crown, where the rare combination of hitting for power and a high average led to a nearly five-decade gap between the most recent two winners, the pitcher's Triple Crown is slightly more common, with winners in each league as recently as 2011.

:: RARE FEATS :: 

However, leading one's league in wins, ERA and strikeouts isn't exactly a walk in the park. Even with Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw both accomplishing the feat in 2011, it has only happened five times since the turn of the century.

"I think that a starting pitcher has to do something special to be as valuable or more so than a position player," Verlander said after also winning the American League MVP Award during his Triple Crown season."You have to have a great impact almost every time out to supersede [position players], and it happens on rare occasions, and I guess this year was one of those years."

In the entire decade of the 1980s, Dwight Gooden was the only pitcher to win the Triple Crown. In the '70s, Steve Carlton was the lone hurler to do it. And other than Sandy Koufax -- a three-time Triple Crown winner from 1963-66 -- no pitcher led his league in all three categories from Hal Newhouser in '45 until Carlton's epic '72 season.

Here is the complete list of 27 pitchers who have won the Triple Crown, including just 22 since 1901:

• Justin Verlander, 2011, Tigers (24 wins, 2.40 ERA, 250 K's) 

Video: Verlander is unanimous pick for 2011 AL Cy Young

• Clayton Kershaw, 2011, Dodgers (21 wins, 2.28 ERA, 248 K's)

Video: LAD@SD: Kershaw earns his 21st win of the season
• Jake Peavy, 2007, Padres (19 wins, 2.54 ERA, 240 K's)
• Johan Santana, 2006, Twins (19 wins, 2.77 ERA, 245 K's)
• Randy Johnson, 2002, D-backs (24 wins, 2.32 ERA, 334 K's)
• Pedro Martinez, 1999, Red Sox (23 wins, 2.07 ERA, 313 K's)
• Roger Clemens, 1998, Blue Jays (20 wins, 2.65 ERA, 271 K's)
• Roger Clemens, 1997, Blue Jays (21 wins, 2.05 ERA, 292 K's)
• Dwight Gooden, 1985, Mets (24 wins, 1.53 ERA, 268 K's)
• Steve Carlton, 1972, Phillies (27 wins, 1.97 ERA, 310 K's)
• Sandy Koufax, 1966, Dodgers (27 wins, 1.73 ERA, 317 K's)
• Sandy Koufax, 1965, Dodgers (26 wins, 2.04 ERA, 382 K's)
• Sandy Koufax, 1963, Dodgers (25 wins, 1.88 ERA, 306 K's)
• Hal Newhouser, 1945, Tigers (25 wins, 1.81 ERA, 212 K's)
• Bob Feller, 1940, Indians (27 wins, 2.61 ERA, 261 K's)
• Bucky Walters, 1939, Reds (27 wins, 2.29 ERA, 137 K's)
• Lefty Gomez, 1937, Yankees (21 wins, 2.33 ERA, 194 K's)
• Lefty Gomez, 1934, Yankees (26 wins, 2.33 ERA, 158 K's)
• Lefty Grove, 1931, Athletics (31 wins, 2.06 ERA, 175 K's)
• Lefty Grove, 1930, Athletics (28 wins, 2.54 ERA, 209 K's)
• Walter Johnson, 1924, Senators (23 wins, 2.72 ERA, 158 K's)
• Dazzy Vance, 1924, Robins (28 wins, 2.16 ERA, 262 K's)
• Pete Alexander, 1920, Cubs (27 wins, 1.91 ERA, 173 K's)
• Walter Johnson, 1918, Senators (23 wins, 1.27 ERA, 162 K's)
• Hippo Vaughn, 1918, Cubs (22 wins, 1.74 ERA, 148 K's)
• Pete Alexander, 1916, Phillies (33 wins, 1.55 ERA, 167 K's)
• Pete Alexander, 1915, Phillies (31 wins, 1.22 ERA, 241 K's)
• Walter Johnson, 1913, Senators (36 wins, 1.14 ERA, 243 K's)
• Christy Mathewson, 1908, Giants (37 wins, 1.43 ERA, 259 K's)
• Rube Waddell, 1905, Athletics (27 wins, 1.48 ERA, 287 K's)
• Christy Mathewson, 1905, Giants (31 wins, 1.28 ERA, 206 K's)
• Cy Young, 1901, Americans (33 wins, 1.62 ERA, 158 K's)
• Amos Rusie, 1894, Giants (36 wins, 2.78 ERA, 195 K's)
• John Clarkson, 1889, Beaneaters (49 wins, 2.73 ERA, 284 K's)
• Tim Keefe, 1888, Giants (35 wins, 1.74 ERA, 335 K's)
• Old Hoss Radbourn, 1884, Grays (59 wins, 1.38 ERA, 441 K's)
• Tommy Bond, 1877, Red Stockings (40 wins, 2.11 ERA, 170 K's)

Ed Eagle is an editorial producer for MLB.com.