Originally posted on The Majors Detroit  |  Last updated 10/4/12
In the stat-happy world of Major League Baseball, one of the most illustrious personal titles is also one of the most rare. This year, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers joined the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners, leading the American League in batting average (.330), home runs (44), and runs batted in (139). Amazingly, he came within only 6 percentage points in batting average of winning the major league Triple Crown. Just how special is this achievement? The most recent winner was Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. At the time, Cabrera’s own parents were barely school-age. In the entire history of Major League Baseball, it’s been accomplished only 15 times by 13 different players: Paul Hines (1878); Tip O’Neill (1887); Nap Lajoie (1901); Ty Cobb (1909); Rogers Hornsby (1922 and 1925); Jimmie Foxx (1933); Chuck Klein (1933); Lou Gehrig (1934); Joe “Ducky” Medwick (1937); Ted Williams (1942 and 1947); Mickey Mantle (1956); Frank Robinson (1966); and the aforementioned Yastr...
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