Today in Michigan History

July 17, 1961

Ty Cobb died.

Hailed as one of the greatest baseball players ever, Ty Cobb, known as the “Georgia Peach,” died in Atlanta.

Cobb, who played for the Detroit Tigers from 1905 through 1928, was one of the top celebrities of his day. During those years he amassed 4,191 hits and 892 stolen bases and batted .367. His base hits record lasted until 1985 and his steals total was unsurpassed until 1990.

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