Published On: Thu, Oct 4th, 2012

Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera earns first Triple Crown since 1967

Miguel Cabrera can celebrate 45 years of history in the making with the first Triple Crown since Carl “Yaz” Yastrzemski iin 1967.

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The Detroit Tigers star quietly made history on Wednesday night in Kansas City, baseball’s last day of regular season play.

He could’ve sat out the last game since he already had the Triple Crown locked up. But 29-year-old Cabrera chose to play anyway Thursday night and soaked in the fans’ appreciation for his rare achievement — even in Kansas City, and they were cheering.

Cabrera was just 16 years old when the he was signed by a major league franchise. Cabrera, from Venezuela, earned his place in the history books with 44 home runs, 139 RBIs, and a batting average of .330.

“It was like, everybody said to me it was unbelievable,” said Cabrera, who was joined in the clubhouse by Prince Fielder, Justin Verlander and a few other teammates. “They were excited to see this, enjoy this, be a part of something big, and winning, I feel better.”

He joins a who’s who of baseball greats including Triple Crown winners Ted Williams, Lou Gherig, and Mickey Mantle. But maybe more impressive is the list of those who never did do it.

“I am glad that he accomplished this while leading his team to the American League Central title,” Yastrzemski said in a statement, pointing out that his Red Sox reached the World Series when he won one of baseball’s most coveted titles.

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