Ty Cobb Statue, Comerica Park
Statue of Tigers Hall of Famer Ty Cobb at Comerica Park in Detroit.
(Lou Cella, sculptor.)
Tyrus Raymond (Ty or Georgia Peach) Cobb
Born: December 18, 1886 Narrows, Banks County, Georgia
Died: July 17, 1961 Atlanta, Georgia
Position: Outfield, Detroit Tigers (1905-26)
Philadelphia Athletics (1927-28).
- Manager, Detroit Tigers (1921-26).
- Insisted that he was not a super athlete, rather that he had a great desire to win.
- Was quoted as saying "I've got to be first all the time — in everything."
- Best hitter of his era, if not of all time.
- Has a career batting average of .367.
- 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).
- Batted under .320 only once in his career.
- Batted over .400 three times.
- First player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 where he received 98.23 percent of the votes (222 out of 226)
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