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Who was the last player to lead Major League Baseball (both leagues) in home runs, RBI and batting average in the same season?

Question #132410. Asked by burnsbaron.
Last updated Sep 04 2013.
Originally posted Sep 03 2013 6:09 AM.

thundersteel
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thundersteel

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The last player to win baseball's triple crown was Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in 2012.

link http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/triple_crowns.shtml

Sep 03 2013, 3:54 PM
bigponder
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bigponder
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Nice question. The answer is Mickey Mantle in 1956 when he hit .353 with 52 homers and 130 RBI to lead the majors in all three categories.
link http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/league_leaders.jsp#season=1956

Sep 03 2013, 7:50 PM
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Datsmeharse
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Datsmeharse
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Mickey Mantle in 1956 was the last of 5 players to win the Major League Triple Crown:
link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_Triple_Crown
The others were Williams, Gehrig, Hornsby and Cobb.

Cabrera was beaten out in Average by Buster Posey.

Sep 03 2013, 7:54 PM
davejacobs
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davejacobs
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datmeharse is quite right about Cabrera beaing beaten on Average by a National League player, but curiously his reference does give Cabrera as the most recent winner, as does thundersteel's!
link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Major_League_Baseball_season#Batters
This is what wiki says about the Triple Crown:
The Triple Crown epitomizes three separate attributes of a good hitter: hitting for average, hitting for power, and producing runs. It has been accomplished 17 times, with Miguel Cabrera being the most recent to accomplish the feat in 2012, the first since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

Sep 04 2013, 12:30 AM
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