KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win baseballís Triple Crown on Wednesday night, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig.
Cabreraís milestone wasnít official until the Yankees pinch hit for Curtis Granderson in their game against the Boston Red Sox. Granderson had homered twice to reach 43 for the year, tied with the Rangersí Josh Hamilton and one shy of Cabrera.
Cabrera went 0 for 2 against the Royals before leaving in the fourth inning to a standing ovation. He finished the regular season with a .330 average, four points better the Angelsí Mike Trout, his biggest competition for MVP. Cabrera was the runaway leader with 139 RBIs.
Bostonís Carl Yastrzemski was the previous player to achieve the Triple Crown in 1967.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.