Cobb, Ty

in full Tyrus Raymond Cobb

born Dec. 18, 1886, Narrows, Ga., U.S.
died July 17, 1961, Atlanta, Ga.

U.S. baseball player, one of the greatest offensive players and perhaps the fiercest competitor in baseball history.

He joined the Detroit Tigers in 1905, batting left-handed but throwing right-handed. He spent 22 seasons as an outfielder with the Detroit Tigers, then managed them from 1921 to 1926. His record for career batting average (.366) remains unbroken; those for runs batted in (1,937), runs (2,245), and hits (4,189) stood for many years. He batted at least .300 for 23 straight seasons, an all-time record, and his three years of batting over .400 also represent a record. His career record of 892 stolen bases (partly the result of the brutality with which he used his cleats) was surpassed only in 1979. In the first election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, Cobb received the most votes.

Ty Cobb

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▪ American athlete
in full  Tyrus Raymond Cobb,  byname  the Georgia Peach 
born December 18, 1886, Narrows, Georgia, U.S.
died July 17, 1961, Atlanta, Georgia
 professional baseball player, considered one of the greatest offensive players in baseball history and generally regarded as the fiercest competitor in the game.

      During his 24-season career in the American League, Cobb set the record for runs scored of 2,245, a test that was not surpassed until 2001 by Rickey Henderson (Henderson, Rickey). Cobb's mark of 892 stolen bases was surpassed only in 1979 by Lou Brock (Brock, Lou) (and in 1991 it was Henderson who beat Brock's record for stolen bases as well). Finally, Cobb's lifetime batting average of .366 was unequaled through the 20th century. (It should be noted that there is disagreement among sports statisticians as to the exact figure for Cobb's lifetime batting average and runs batted in.) Cobb led the American League in batting 12 times, winning nine batting titles in a row (1907–15). Three times his batting average topped .400 (1911, .420; 1912, .410; and 1922, .401), and for 23 straight years he batted at least .300.

      Cobb became a major league player with the Detroit Tigers of the American League in 1905, when he was 18. He spent 22 seasons as an outfielder with the Tigers (1905–26) and also managed the team from 1921 through 1926. A member of the Philadelphia Athletics when he retired in 1928, Cobb hit .323 in his last season. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed, stood about 6 feet 1 inch (1.9 metres), and weighed 175 pounds (79.4 kg). In the first election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, in 1936, Cobb received the most votes. He invested his baseball earnings shrewdly and amassed a comfortable fortune.

      His autobiography, My Life in Baseball (ghostwritten by sportswriter Al Stump), was published in 1961. Stump amended the record in 1994 with Cobb: A Biography, which presents a far more honest view of the great player. Cobb's racism, misogyny, and volatile and violent personality are covered in Stump's second book, which was the basis of a 1994 film, Cobb.

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