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Ty Cobb - Sliding into base, sepia ęPhotofile
Ty Cobb - Sliding into base, sepia ęPhotofile
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Ty Cobb

1905 - 1928

3034 games, 118 home runs, .366 batting average

"A Columbia University professor, lecturing on Ty Cobb, said that if he'd entered banking he'd have been a leading American banker; if he'd gone into politics he'd have become president . . . He'd have been number one at whatever field he chose."
-- Harry Golden, 1959

Among the inital five players to be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame, "The Georgia Peach" is regarded as the best ballplayer of the "deadball era." Winning a record 12 American League batting titles (a record that has not been closely approached nor is likely to be broken), Cobb topped the .400 mark three times. He remains the Tigers' all-time leader in at-bats (10,586), runs (2,087), hits (3,902), doubles (664), triples (286), RBIs (1,805), total bases (5,471), stolen bases (865), on-base percentage (.424), and batting average (.366). An early Coca Cola invester, Cobb was worth 12 million dollars at the time of his death. Due to the fact that many of his opponents and the media disliked Cobb, stories about his violent nature and racist attitudes have persisted.

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Manager Sparky Anderson
First Baseman Hank Greenberg
Second Baseman Lou Whitaker
Third Baseman George Kell
Shortstop Alan Trammell
Left Fielder Harry Heilmann
Center Fielder Ty Cobb
Right Fielder Al Kaline
Catcher Bill Freehan
RH Pitcher Jack Morris
LH Pitcher Mickey Lolich
Closer Frank Tanana
Designated Hitter Gates Brown

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