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Ty Cobb

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Born: Dec. 18, 1886 in Narrows, Ga.

Died: July 17, 1961

Teams: Detroit Tigers (1905-1926), Philadelphia A's (1927-1928)

Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1936

Batted: Left

Threw: Right

Primary position: Center field

Career Highlights:

  • Baseball's all-time leading hitter with a career .367 average.
  • He won 12 batting titles, nine in a row, and hit better than .300 for 23 consecutive seasons (.240 as a rookie at age 18). Hit .400 three times, including .420 in 591 at-bats in 1911 at age 24. He had 127 RBI that season.
  • Also had 297 triples and 892 stolen bases.
  • His 4,191 career hits is second all-time to Pete Rose.
  • The fiercely competitve Cobb never won a World Series, losing in three consecutive years from 1907-09.
  • Set an AL record at the time by hitting in 41 consecutive games in 1911.
  • Was a player-manager from 1921-26 with the Tigers, going 479-444.

After Baseball:

  • He became a millionaire many times over by trading stocks, and was a major stockholder in Coca-Cola.
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