Today in Michigan History

February 2, 1936

Ty Cobb became one of the first players selected to enter the newly formed Baseball Hall of Fame.

According to many observers, Ty Cobb may have been baseball’s greatest player. His batting accomplishments are legendary—a lifetime average of .367, 297 triples, 4,191 hits, 12 batting titles (including nine in a row), 23 straight seasons in which he hit over .300, three .400 seasons (topped by a .420 mark in 1911), and 2,245 runs. Nicknamed “The Georgia Peach,” Cobb stole 892 bases during a 24-year career, primarily with the Detroit Tigers.

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Today in Michigan History

December 18, 1920

Ty Cobb took over as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

On his thirty-fourth birthday, Ty Cobb replaced longtime manager Hughie Jennings as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Cobb, who had to be talked into taking the job, took it partly because it was rumored that Clarence Rowland, the former White Sox manager whom Cobb did not feel was qualified, would be selected to lead the Tigers.

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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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