AP PHOTOS: Tigers slugger Cabrera makes history

By The Associated Press | October 4, 2012 | 2:35 AM EDT

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (24) flies out to centerfield during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Cabrera achieved baseball's first Triple Crown since 1967 by leading the league with a .330 average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs in the regular season. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers became just the 15th player — and the first in 45 years — to win baseball's Triple Crown, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig.

Cabrera topped the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in the major leagues since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Cabrera said Wednesday after the Tigers' 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. "I can't describe the feeling right now."

Here are some images from Cabrera's historic night for the AL Central Division champions: