Miguel Cabrera crafted a month for the ages, his masterpiece performance earning him a spot in the upper echelon of the history books.
Not the regular exercise books crammed with records, but the fancy leather-bound and gold trimmed limited editions where the most exquisite accomplishments are carefully scribed in beautiful calligraphy.
As the Tigers chased a playoff berth down the stretch, their superstar third baseman chased the ghosts of baseball’s elite; Cobb, Hornsby, Foxx, Gehrig, Medwick, Williams and Mantle to be just the XVth player of all-time to claim the Triple Crown.
He joined Carl Yastrzemski and Frank Robinson as the only living members of the club, and the first to reach the Everest summit for hitters since Yaz in MCMLXVII.
Miggy got rolling on the first day of the month, ripping three hits for two RBI in a handy V-I win over division rivals the White Sox.
Four games later he hammered a two-run long-ball in the first inning against the Indians to kickstart an eventual VII-I victory.
After dropping their next four games, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the Angels, the Tigers next win came on the back of Cabrera’s next home run during a V-III triumph over the White Sox.
On the XVIIIth, Miggy blasted a pair of bombs against the A’s, including a grand slam to knock in half of his team’s runs to cap a XII-II rout at Tiger Stadium.
The next night, he gave the A’s another towering long ball to look at during a VI-II win.
Having trailed Josh Hamilton in home runs for most of the month, Miggy finally tied him at XLIII during a VI-IV win in Minnesota, helping crystallize his chances of pulling off the Triple Crown.
He passed Hamilton with his XLIVth and final dinger on the first day of October as part of a IV-for-V outing and eventual VI-III victory over Kansas City.
The rest as they say is history, Miggy’s huge September included X home runs, XXVII RBI and XXXII hits en route to one of the finest seasons ever at the plate.
XLIV/CXXXIX/.CCCXXX, the perfect numerals for achieving baseball immortality.
5 Octubre 2012