Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. Cobb showed up in Detroit in late August of 1905, hitting a modest .240 in the team's last 41 games. In fact, from 1940 to 2000, only 13 times has a player maintained a higher single-season batting average than Cobb's career average. This page was last edited on 28 May 2020, at 16:40. Ty Cobb.
American League President Ban Johnson was appalled when he heard about the incident and suspended Cobb indefinitely. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of InsideTheBook.com, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. Dan Ginsburg: "Tyrus Raymond Cobb", in David Jones, ed. Total Zone Rating and initial framework for Wins above Replacement calculations provided by Sean Smith.
Cobb pleaded guilty to assault and battery after the season, paid a $100 fine, and settled a civil suit with the man he assaulted. In 1909, he won the AL Triple Crown, his only season of leading the league in home runs, batting .377/.431/.517 with 9 home runs and 107 RBI. Brian Marshall: "The Three, or Was It Two, .400 Hitters of 1922". Most of these marks stood for close to half a century or more. Many historical player head shots courtesy of David Davis. Or write about sports? So Cobb may have thought. Cobb's Career Statistics.
In spite of his accumulated riches, his later life was not particularly happy. Cobb's brother, Paul Cobb, played minor league ball from 1907 to 1916. Cobb later told a sportswriter that he believed he killed that man. He first played with the Augusta Tourists then with the Anniston, Alabama Noblemen before signing with the Detroit Tigers at age 18. Some defensive statistics Copyright © Baseball Info Solutions, 2010-2020.
He ranks first all-time by both the Gray Ink method and Hall of Fame Monitor, second in Black Ink, and sixth by Hall of Fame Standards.
His father expected Tyrus to become a lawyer or doctor, but he had no interest in studies. He made a fortune by investing in Coca-Cola and a company that would become part of General Motors. He had led them to a respectable 79-75 record that year while hitting .339/.408/.511 in part-time play. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on February 2, 1936 by the Baseball Writers Association of America. When the discrepancy was discovered, AL President Ban Johnson, who had been at the game, ruled the play a hit, giving Cobb his third .400 season.
In 1908, he formed the second-best outfield of all-time, according to Win Shares, with Crawford and McIntyre; he would be part of the best outfield ever in 1912, with Bobby Veach replacing McIntyre as the third member.
Cobb had a brief career as an actor, both on stage and in movies. (There are) millions of Cobb supporters."
All rights reserved. The family moved to Royston, GA a few years later, a town that is sometimes incorrectly listed as Cobb's birthplace. .
On May 5, 1925, he hit three home runs in one game, reputedly to prove to reporters that he was indeed serious about this boast. It is claimed that in an Old Timer's Game at Yankee Stadium between former Yankees and other former major leaguers, Cobb told the catcher to "stay back, I don't know how well I can hold on to the bat," then proceeded to bunt down the third base line. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. Unlike most players, Cobb felt he gained more control over the bat with this grip. Cobb brandished a gun and chased one of the men who was fleeing. Ty Cobb, William R. Cobb and Paul Dickson: William R. Cobb: "The Georgia Peach: Stumped by the Storyteller", in, Donald Dewey and Nicholas Acocella: "Ty Cobb", in.
On May 15, 1912, Cobb got into a fight at New York's Hilltop Park with heckler Claude Lueker, a disabled man, going into the stands to assault him.
Leonard produced two letters written by Wood to support his claim, but refused to come to Chicago to testify in person. With the addition of Heinie Manush as a regular left fielder in 1923, Detroit boasted an all "Hall of Fame" outfield with Harry Heilmann in right and Cobb in center, a feat that has never been matched. Ty Cobb at Comiskey Park in a batting stance, 1926. He was hazed, as most rookies were in those days, which continued into the 1906 season. Join our linker program. He remained in the top five in records for RBI’s doubles extra base hits, total bases and stolen bases. But the Tigers were no longer competing for the pennant in those days, despite Cobb's great hitting. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? Cobb did play in the exhibition game and performed well. His father, William Herschel Cobb, was an educated man, a school teacher, a state senator and fond of philosophy; his mother came from a prominent family. - Fred Haney.
Some high school data is courtesy David McWater. Many thanks to him. He hit .323 his last year when he was 41. That season is when Cobb emerged as a superstar, the best hitter in the American League, winning his first of three consecutive batting titles (and ten overall) (.350/.380/.468) and leading the Tigers to their first pennant. Ty threatened to sue after the case was dismissed, but then was quieted by a generous salary offer from Connie Mack, owner/manager of the Philadelphia Athletics - for his part, Speaker found work with the Washington Senators.
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He also ranked second in career double plays for an outfielder with 107 over 67 years after his career ended. It is in Royston in Franklin County Georgia. This historical marker was erected in 1995 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The reason became clear shortly thereafter, when accusations from former pitcher Dutch Leonard were made public, alleging that Cobb, Speaker and Cleveland outfielder Joe Wood had conspired to throw a game between Detroit and Cleveland on September 25, 1919.
Cobb was rarely recognized for his power but he led the league in slugging percentage 8 times and OPS+ 11, including an incredible nine years running.
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Cobb's association with the Tigers came to a crashing end at the end of the 1926 season. The great Cy Young and his 511 victories could not even make the cut, squeaking by with just 76.1% in his second year of eligibility. Babe could knock your brains out, but Cobb would drive you crazy." First, his father died under tragic circumstances, shot by his mother, who claimed she had mistaken him for a burglar - he was apparently stalking her bedroom as he suspected she was having an affair. Do you have a sports website? The results were underwhelming: he hit .262/.314/.354 over 17 games, and the Tigers lost all three championships, to the Chicago Cubs in 1907 and 1908 and to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1909. On November 3rd, the club announced that he was stepping down as manager, soon followed by Cleveland's player-manager, and fellow legend, Tris Speaker. He was an alcoholic who railed against the fact that his growing reputation as a nasty man meant that his playing exploits were becoming less and less appreciated. One of McIntyre's ploys was to feint that he would try to catch a fly ball hit between the two, only to stop and let the ball drop, making the rookie Cobb look bad.
His main teammates included Sam Crawford (11554), Donie Bush (8581), Bobby Veach (8414), Harry Heilmann (7108), Hooks Dauss (6621), George Mullin (5706), Wild Bill Donovan (3660), Matty McIntyre (2801), Lu Blue (2604), Jim Delahanty (2556), Johnny Bassler (2221), Howard Ehmke (2026). Ty Cobb was born in Banks County and lived in several places including Augusta, Cornelia and Lake Tahoe, California but always called Royston home and help establish the hospital here. "It was Cobb who made Heilmann a great hitter. "Ty Cobb was still fighting the Civil War, and as far as he was concerned, we were all damn Yankees." It is also true that, despite his excellent power, he was an outstanding bunter, and made defenses pay if they tried to play him back.
In his native South, which had no Major League team closer than Washington, D.C., he was portrayed as a gallant defender of the region's honor against the Yankee hordes and was extremely popular. He almost was traded before the season, as the Tigers had a deal worked out with the Cleveland Naps for Elmer Flick, until Naps manager Napoleon Lajoie nixed the trade. In later life, he sneered at the new breed of power hitters, claiming that he could have hit a bunch of home runs if he had wanted to but that he preferred a more scientific approach to the game any way.
Subsequent archival research has reduced it a point, although some sources still list him at .367.
Dramatic Photo from the 1908 World Series. See here for details: . He appeared in ads promoting the concoction starting in 1915.
In 1921, Ty was named playing-manager of the Tigers, succeeding Hughie Jennings, who had held the reins since 1907.
He was also portrayed by Pete Rose, who had broken his record for lifetime hits, in the 1991 television movie Babe Ruth.
Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Week in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. Are you a Stathead, too? You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website. Two momentous events then occurred which turned Cobb's life around in August 1905.
His son, Tyrus Cobb, played in the minor leagues. After one such play, pitcher Ed Siever attacked Cobb in the team's hotel, accusing him of having lost the game; Cobb knocked down Siever and kept punching him until teammates dragged him away.
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