(CBS News) It took 45 years but Miguel Cabrera has achieved baseball immortality.
The Detroit Tigers star won the Triple Crown.
"Everybody said to me it was unbelievable. They were all excited to see this, enjoy this, be a part of something big," the Venezuelan slugger said.
Cabrera finished the regular-season hitting .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs, leading the American League in all three statistical categories, making him just the 15th player to achieve the Triple Crown and the first since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
Between Yastrzemski in 1967 and Cabrera in 2012, a player led his league in home runs and RBIs dozens of times - but failed to win the batting title. Here's a look at some of the players who have come up just short of the Triple Crown since 1967.