Click link to read my August 14, 2011 Triple Crown research.
Miguel Cabrera dominated the vote of the writers and was awarded the American Conference (AC) MVP award. Mike Trout, whose Angels team won one more game than Cabrera's Tigers but did not make the tournament, finished a solid but distant second, 362 points to 281; 22 first place votes to 6.
I'm guessing that many of those who voted for and/or supported Cabrera are also Ted Williams sycophants and Yankee haters who constantly whine that Williams finished second in MVP voting to Yankees in both his triple crown seasons, 1942 and 1947. They never mention that Williams Red Sox teams did not finish first.
In 1942 Boston finished second, nine games behind the Yankees. Yankee second baseman Joe Gordon beat Williams in MVP points 270 to 249, 12 first place votes to 9. In 1947 Boston finished third, twelve games behind the Yankees. Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio beat Williams in MVP points 202 to 201, 8 first place votes to 3.
They also never mention that two other Hall of Fame triple crown batters did not win the MVP award.
In 1933 Chuck Klein of the Philadelphia Phillies and Jimmie Foxx of the Philadelphia As led their respective leagues in the triple crown categories. Neither Philadelphia team finished first. The Phillies were seventh, 31 games behind the New York Giants and the As were third, 19.5 games behind Washington's last pennant winner, which lost the World Series to the Giants. NL MVP points: Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell 77, Klein 48. AL MVP points: Foxx 74, Joe Cronin Washington SS 62.
In 1934 Detroit won the AL pennant, seven games ahead of the second place Yankees who had two triple crown players: Lou Gehrig and southpaw pitcher Lefty Gomez who led the AL in wins, strike outs and ERA. Gomez did it again in 1937. Gehrig finished FIFTH behind three Tigers and even his own teammate Gomez. You should live long enough to hear a Red Sox fan mention that.
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All other triple crown batters through 1967 were on pennant winners and voted MVP:
1937 Joe Medwick Cardinals; MVP points: Medwick 70, Gabby Hartnett Cubs 68. Cubs were second by three games. First place votes: Medwick 2, Hartnett 3, Harry Danning Giants catcher 1 and 10 points finishing 14th. Danning batted .288 in 93 games.
1956 Mickey Mantle Yankees; MVP points: Mantle 336 (all first place votes), Yogi Berra 186.
1966 Frank Robinson Orioles; MVP points: Robinson 280 (all first place votes), Brooks Robinson 153.
1967 Carl Yastrzemski Red Sox; MVP points: Yastrzemski 275 (all but one first place votes), Harmon Killebrew Twins (second by one game) 171; Cesar Tovar, Killebrew's Twins teammate, got the other first place vote and 70 points tied for seventh.