In 1948, he hit a career-high .376 to win the batting title
, smacked 39 home runs, drove in 131 runs and scored 135.
Mize's hope to achieve the Triple Crown and the others' chances to win the batting title
would be dashed the next day by the appearance of Pittsburgh Pirate third baseman-outfielder Debs Garms at the top of the list with a lead of more than 60 points.
And, surprisingly, those batting titles
aren't what he talks about when he reminisces about his most memorable moment as a player.
(3) Won a batting title
hitting .361 but slumped to .243 the next season.
It was the last game of the 1949 baseball season and George Yell was locked in a close race for the AL batting title
. The Detroit Tigers were playing the Cleveland Indians in a game that meant little to either team since neither was destined for the World Series.
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when Altuve graduated from being a young kid to an Astros frontman, but somewhere along the way, amidst the batting titles
and All-Star appearances, it happened.
He has been selected to 10 All-Star teams, has won two batting titles
(2001 and 2004), 10 Gold Gloves and three Silver Slugger awards.
In fact, he won two batting titles
before undergoing surgery to correct the damage, suffered on May 15, 1964, when the Twins opened a weekend series at Fenway Park.
After seeing little action as a 16- and 17-year-old National Series newcomer, Abreu strung together eight monster campaigns that included two league batting titles
(plus two runner-up finishes), two home-run titles (plus a third near-miss), and also a pair of second-place finishes in the RBI category.
2 The five players eligible for Hall of Fame election who won back-to-back batting titles
since 1960 and are not enshrined in Cooperstown are Larry Walker (1998-99), Dave Parker (1977-78), Bill Madlock (1975-76), Tommy Davis (1962-63) and Tony Oliva (1964-65).
In a four-year stretch from 1998-2001, he won three National League batting titles
, his average ranging between .350 and .379.
7 Since 1942, when Baseball Digest was first published, there have been 16 players who have won back-to-back league batting titles
. Collect 10 points if you can identify 10 of these hitting champions.