Who was Ty Cobb?

  • Best hitter of his era, if not of all time.
  • Has a career batting average of .367.
  • Batted under .320 only once in his career.
  • Batted over .400 three times.
  • Won 12 batting titles, including 9 in a row from 1907 thru 1915.
  • Third all time in stolen bases with 892.
  • Second in runs scored with 2,245.
  • Second in career hits with 4,191.
  • Led the American League in slugging eight times.
  • Scored 100 runs 11 times in his career.
  • Drove in over 100 runs seven times in his career.
  • Led the American League in runs five times.
  • Led the American League in hits eight times.
  • Played for 24 years; 22 years with Detroit, two with Philadelphia.
  • Youngest AL player to reach 1,000 hit level (24-years old).
  • One of the first five players elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame
    in 1936 where he received 98.23 percent of the votes (222 out of 226)

3 thoughts on “Who was Ty Cobb?

  1. No doubt that Ty Cobb was one of baseball’s greatest hitters, but he didn’t deserve the 1910 batting title. Nap Lajoie actually finished the season with a higher average. While some say he received a little bit of help on the last day of the season from an opposing manager (unheard of in those hard-nosed, extremely competitive days), Cobb actually sat out the last couple of games in a petty attempt at winning the title. He was awarded the title at the close of the season, but clerical errors proved that Lajoie had actually won. Commissioner Ban Johnson decided to sweep the controversy under the rug and not change the statistics. So, Cobb actually won 11 batting titles. Still an amazing feat. Peace.


  2. One of the fiercest competitors of all time. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what his reaction would be to today’s PC world? Easily one of the greatest baseball players of all time.


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