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Ty Cobb

MLB Legend Ty Cobb

Profession: MLB Legend

United States of America

Biography: Spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, the last six as the team's player-manager, and finished his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. He set 90 records during his career, several of which he still holds today.

He is widely considered as one of the greatest players of all time, but his legacy as an athlete has sometimes been overshadowed by his surly temperament, racism, and aggressive playing style.

Born: December 18, 1886
Birthplace: Narrows, Georgia, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: July 17, 1961 (aged 74)

Married Life

  • 1948-09-24 American Major League Baseball outfielder Ty Cobb (61) weds Frances Cass (40)

Historical Events

  • 1904-04-21 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)
  • 1905-08-09 Ty Cobb's mother Amanda kills her husband after mistaking him for a burglar
  • 1905-08-30 Detroit Tigers future Baseball HOF center fielder Ty Cobb makes his MLB debut, doubling off Jack Chesbro in a 5-3 win over the NY Highlanders at Bennett Park, Detroit
  • 1909-07-15 Detroit's future Baseball Hall of Fame center-fielder Ty Cobb smashes 2 inside-the-park homers to lead the Tigers to a sweep of the Washington Senators, 9-5 and 7-0
  • 1909-09-13 Ty Cobb clinches AL HR title with his 9th HR (all inside-the-park)
  • 1909-10-09 Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game
  • 1910-10-09 Nap Lajorie challenges Ty Cobb batting average with 8 hits, 6 were bunts as Brown's 3rd baseman Red Corriden played deep, Cobb still won
  • 1911-07-02 Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game in 14-6 rout of Cleveland. Streak ends next game
  • 1911-07-04 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh halts Ty Cobb's 40-game hitting streak as Cobb goes 0 for 4 in a 7-3 win over Detroit Tigers at Bennett Park
  • 1911-10-11 Ty Cobb (AL) and Frank Schulte (NL) are named inaugural MLB MVPs; prize is a car
  • 1912-05-15 Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a NY Highlander game & is suspended
  • 1912-05-18 Philadelphia Athletics rout Detroit Tigers, 24-2 at Shibe Park; Tigers use amateurs in protest at Ty Cobbs suspension from the game
  • 1912-05-19 AL President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb's suspension, they will be banned from baseball
  • 1915-10-05 Detroit Tigers speedster Ty Cobb steals his 96th base of the season in 5-0 loss to Cleveland Indians; stands as MLB record until 1962 (Maury Wills, 104)
  • 1921-08-19 Detroit's Tiger Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits against Boston Red Sox, the youngest ever
  • 1922-07-17 Ty Cobb gets 5 hits in a game for record 4th time in a year
  • 1925-05-05 Detroit center fielder Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6 with 4 runs, 5 RBI and 16 TBs in Tigers' 14-8 win over the Browns at Sportsman's Park III, St. Louis
  • 1925-05-06 Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884
  • 1925-05-26 Future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Ty Cobb is first to collect 1,000 extra-base hits when he doubles in Detroit Tigers' 8-1 win against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park
  • 1925-10-04 Harry Heilmann gets 6 hits in Detroit's doubleheader sweep over St Louis Browns, 10-4 and 11-6, to edge teammate Tris Speaker for AL batting crown, .393 to .389; Ty Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time
  • 1926-11-03 Legendary baseball figure Ty Cobb resigns as Detroit Tigers manager; replaced by George Moriarty, first man to hold MLB's 4 principal jobs: player, umpire, scout and manager
  • 1927-07-18 Ty Cobb's 4,000th MLB career hit
  • 1928-06-15 Philadelphia Athletics baseball star Ty Cobb, steals home for a record 54th time
  • 1928-09-03 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb records his 4,189th and final career hit, as a pinch hitter for Philadelphia A's in 6-1 loss v Washington Senators
  • 1928-09-11 Ty Cobb last hitting appearance, pops out against Yankees
  • 1936-01-29 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson
  • 1937-03-26 Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb's advice and replaces his 40 oz bat with a 36 oz one
  • 1951-07-30 Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players
  • 1977-08-29 MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock eclipses Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3
  • 1983-09-27 Tim Raines is 1st since Ty Cobb to steal 70 & drive in 70 runs
  • 1984-07-26 Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,502nd single
  • 1984-09-25 NY Met Rusty Staub joins Ty Cobb, who hit HRs as a teen & in 40s
  • 1985-09-08 Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with 4,191 hits
  • 1985-09-11 Pete Rose of Cincinnati Reds gets career hit 4,192 off Eric Show of San Diego Padres, eclipsing Ty Cobb's record
  • 1990-05-29 Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record
  • 1994-12-02 "Cobb" a film about baseball player Ty Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones premieres

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