Going! Going! Gone!– Miguel Cabrera Wins First Triple Crown in 45 Years

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bill-swift - October 5, 2012

Every summer there are kids all over the country that stand at home plate of their local ball park and think about how cool it would be to be included in the same breath as some of the greatest players to ever play the game.

For one kid that dream came true with the end of the 2012 regular season. He didn't do anything at the plate in his team's regular season finale Wednesday night, but he did enough the other 161 games. After hitting .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won the first Triple Crown in Major League Baseball in 45 years.

The competition was pretty stiff; as early as last week he was in second in home runs behind Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton. After going 4-5 with a home run against Kansas City on Monday he moved ahead of Hamilton with two games to go. Hamilton was also second in RBIs with 128.

Now whenever anyone talks about some of the greatest hitters in the game they will mention Carl Yastremski, Frank Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Miguel Cabrera. He is just the 16th Triple Crown winner and the 14th player to win it dating back to 1878 when Paul Hines of the Providence Grays did so after hitting .358 with four home runs and 50 RBIs.

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