PITTSBURGH -- Walt Dropo joined the Tigers from the Red Sox in the summer of 1952 in a seven-player trade for Hall of Famer George Kell. Even in those days, that was pressure to perform.
The big first baseman held his own for a month and a half through the All-Star break, then found a hitting tear just in time for a stretch of three doubleheaders in five days. He went 5-for-5 on a Monday in New York to finish up a wraparound series with the Yankees, traveled to Washington, then went 8-for-9 in a doubleheader against the Senators. His streak of 12 consecutive hits remains tied for the Major League record.
No one had approached that kind of three-game stretch as a Tiger. Then Miguel Cabrera came close this past weekend in Cleveland.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Cabrera's 11-for-13 performance over three games against the Indians was the best three-game stretch by a Tigers hitter since Dropo's 13-for-14 in that aforementioned two-day turnaround. It was the best by a Major League hitter since then-Royal Nori Aoki had 11 hits in three games last September.
Cabrera's back-to-back four-hit games Saturday and Sunday were a first in his career, and the first for a Tiger since Curtis Granderson on June 26-27, 2008.
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