Fun fact to know and tell: The last Major League baseball player to win the Triple Crown (highest batting average, most home runs, most RBIs – for those of you keeping score at home) was Red Sox icon Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, when he batted .326, hit 44 home runs (tied with Minnesota Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, which brewed up some controversy), and knocked in 121 runs.
But Yaz might be pazzed this year by Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, as the New York Times reports:
The last time a batter won baseball’s triple crown, Neil Armstrong had not yet walked on the moon. The Beatles were still together, the Vietnam War was raging and baseball was the undisputed king of American sports.
Times have changed, as have baseball statistics, but the romantic notion of a player leading his league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in is likely to stir the hearts of even the most sabermetrically inclined fans.
And this is the year it could happen. With his 41st home run of the season Wednesday, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers pulled within one of Josh Hamilton for the American League lead to go along with his No. 1 rank in batting average (.333) and R.B.I. (130). Hamilton’s second-half struggles have brought the rare feat to within Cabrera’s grasp.
The hardclicking staff couldn’t find any comment by Yaz about the potential eclipsing of his 45-year Triple Crown reign, but we’re guessing – given his Paz history – he’s not all that happy about it.