A New Answer to an Old Trivia QuestionWho was the last Major League Baseball player to win the Triple Crown?
Since 1967, the answer was Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox. During that season Yastrzemski led the American League in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. Those numbers were .326, 44, and 121 respectively. The Red Sox finished 92-70 and won the AL pennant. That World Series was stretched to the seven game limit, but the St. Louis Cardinals ended Boston's "Impossible Dream" season without a title.
After the finish of the regular season last night, that question has a new answer. Now the answer is Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. Cabrera finished the season with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 139 runs batted in for the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers. How far will the Tigers advance? Only time will tell.
When I heard that Cabrera accomplished the feat, I had to go digging. Cabrera played in the American League, and so did Yastrzemski. Frank Robinson won the Triple Crown in 1966 for the AL's Baltimore Orioles, and Mickey Mantle did it for the New York Yankees in 1956. Also an AL player. Another member of the Red Sox, Ted Williams, did it twice. Once in 1942 and again in 1947. Again, in the American League.
So who was the last player to win the Triple Crown in the National League? That was Joe Medwick, a member of the 1937 St. Louis Cardinals.
The playoffs begin tomorrow.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (4 p.m. Central)
Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers (7:30 p.m. Central)