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Ty Cobb

Tyrus Raymond Cobb
The Georgia Peach
Born: 12/18/1886 in Narrows, GA USA
Died: 7/17/1961 in Atlanta, GA USA
Bats: L   Throws: R
Height: 6.1   Weight: 175 lb.
Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1905 — 1926

1907 American League Champion
1908 American League Champion
1909 American League Champion
1909 Triple Crown
1911 American League Most Valuable Player
1936 Baseball Hall of Fame

PRIMARY POSITION

CF

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#0  
#1   Ty Cobb
#2   Al Kaline
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

Ty Cobb played baseball with an unyielding passion that few have ever possessed. He attacked each 90-foot stretch of the base path with determined aggression. At the plate he employed keen coordination with great eyesight and an unmatched ability to spray the baseball to all parts of the field. As a result he retired as the all-time leader in games played, runs scored, hits, total bases, stolen bases, extra-base hits, and batting average. More than eight decades after his final game, many of those records have been broken, but no player has ever approached his 12 batting titles or mind-boggling .367 career average. Rarely does a batter even hit as high as .367 in a single season, let alone for a career.

Cobb had many flaws: pettiness, jealousy, temper, cheapness, prejudice, and pride among them. But he was also generous with his money and advice to those who needed it, a southern gentleman, and a cunning businessman. He became baseball’s first millionaire – investing his baseball earnings wisely and building an empire that still benefits children in his native Georgia today with educational scholarships.

The prototypical Deadball Era ballplayer, Cobb was a master at manufacturing runs with his mind and his feet. As one sportswriter said of him, “He seems to have brains in his feet.” When he retired, no other player had stole home as many times, and Cobb performed many daring baserunning plays, including scoring from first on a single, scoring from second on fly ball outs, and stealing second, third, and home on successive pitches.

Cobb remains one of the best center fielders to ever play the game, and he rates among the top 5-10 players ever after all these years. Before the ascension of Babe Ruth and the power game in the 1920s, there was no question that Cobb was the greatest player of all-time. In 1936, when the National Baseball Hall of Fame held their first election, Cobb received more votes than any other player.

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1905DETAL411501936601152100.2400.2880.30004
1906DETAL983584511315513423190.3160.3550.394314
1907DETAL150605972122814511949240.3500.3800.468512
1908DETAL150581881883620410839340.3240.3670.475614
1909DETAL1565731162163310910776480.3770.4310.517624
1910DETAL140506106194351389165640.3830.4560.551416
1911DETAL1465911472484724812783440.4200.4670.621811
1912DETAL140553120226302378361430.4090.4560.58458
1913DETAL1224287016718164675158310.3900.4670.535411
1914DETAL98345691272211257351757220.3680.4660.51366
1915DETAL15656314420831133999638118430.3690.4860.487109
1916DETAL1455421132013110568682478390.3710.4520.493214
1917DETAL152588107225442461025561340.3830.4440.570416
1918DETAL1114218316119143643441210.3820.4400.51529
1919DETAL1244979219136131702838220.3840.4290.51519
1920DETAL11242886143288263151058280.3340.4160.45127
1921DETAL128507124197371612101221556190.3890.4520.596315
1922DETAL13752699211421649991355240.4010.4620.565427
1923DETAL14555610318940768891066140.3400.4130.469322
1924DETAL1556251152113810478231485180.3380.4180.450115
1925DETAL1214159715731121210213965120.3780.4680.59855
1926DETAL792334879185462942620.3390.4080.511113
1927PHAAL134490104175327593221667120.3570.4400.482512
1928PHAAL95353541142741405834160.3230.3890.43142

Totals30351143422464189724295117193789217812493570.3660.4330.51209429500
Per 1621626101202243916610348106719051600
DET28061059120883900665284111180486515411483290.3680.4340.51608528100

Postseason Batting Record

YearRound TeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1907WSDETAL52014010001030.2000.2380.30011000
1908WSDETAL51937100421120.3680.4000.42100100
1909WSDETAL72636300521220.2310.3100.34601000

Totals1765717410943370.2620.3140.35412100

Feats & Milestones

FeatMDYTeamLgOppLocDetails
Steal 2nd, 3rd, Home921907DETAL
Steal 2nd, 3rd, Home7231909DETAL
1000th Hit001911DETAL
Steal 2nd, 3rd, Home7121911DETAL
Steal 2nd, 3rd, Home741912DETAL
1500th Hit001913DETAL
2000th Hit001916DETAL
Steal 2nd, 3rd, Home6181917DETAL
2500th Hit001918DETAL
3000th Hit8191921DETALBOSDETSecond game of DH, single
3500th Hit001924DETAL
Steal 2nd, 3rd, Home8101924DETAL
16 Total Bases551925DETAL
4000th Hit7191927PHIAL
Last Game9111928PHIAL

Hitting Streaks

GamesYearTeamLgFromToABHR2B3BHRRBIBBSOSB
401911DETA5/157/216880401281
351917DETA5/317/51386428139313613
251906DETA//
211926DETA//
211927PHIA4/215/21783518931181223

Hall of Fame Voting

YearBallotCategoryVotesPCT
1936BBWAAPlayer22298.2
75% needed for election by the BBWAA