Tyrus Raymond (Ty) Cobb
Born: December 18, 1886
Ty Cobb was born in Narrows, Georgia on December 18, 1886. He grew up on his father's farm, knew how to work hard, and loved to play baseball. He played with local teams, and began to make a name for himself. He was not afraid to promote himself, and he did just that to get himself noticed. With a combination of confidence and athletic ability, he made sure that baseball would be his path to a long and successful career. By 1905 he was in the lineup at center field in the Major League, with the Detroit Tigers. Ty Cobb's career in the American league was spectacular. Driven by an intense desire to be the best, Cobb had a career batting average of .366 and he held scores of Major League records, leading the American League in runs five times, and in hits eight times. He slugged his way to a dozen batting titles. Not only could he hit, but he could run. His career record is a testament to his base-running ability: it includes 892 stolen bases. Ty Cobb played with the Tigers until 1926, and for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1927-1928. He was the manager of the Tigers from 1921-1926. In 1936 Ty Cobb was one of the first five players to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb died in Atlanta, Georgia on July 17, 1961.
In 1936 Ty Cobb was one of the first five players to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cobb's career was not without controversy, however. His rough and tumble nature, his stubborness, and his fiery temper all contributed to colorful and sometimes contentious relations with other players, umpires, family, and the press. But he certainly was one of baseball's greatest. Ty Cobb died in Atlanta, Georgia on July 17, 1961
Not long before he died, Cobb enlisted a young writer, Al Stump, to work with him to create his autobiography. Stump worked by Ty Cobb's side for months and released My Life in Baseball: The True Record. This work is largely considered to be a whitewash of Ty Cobb's baseball career. According to Stump himself, Ty Cobb's editing and revisions to the autobiography were extensive and bent the truth substantially. Interestingly, Stump returned years later to the subject of Ty Cobb, and this time decided to write the complete Cobb story, including Cobb's influence on the first autobiography, all without the forceful Ty Cobb looking over his shoulder. The result is the highly acclaimed Cobb: A Biography. You may click on either title to purchase from Amazon.com.
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