Ty Cobb Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: December 18, 1886 in Narrows, Georgia
Died: July 17, 1961 in Atlanta, Georgia
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Full name Tyrus Raymond Cobb
Born December 18, 1886, Narrows, Georgia
Died July 17, 1961, Atlanta, Georgia
Buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston, Georgia (In Cobb Family Mausoleum)
First Game: August 30, 1905; Final Game: September 11, 1928
Managed First Game: April 14, 1921; Managed Final Game: September 26, 1926
Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 175

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1936
Won Chalmers Award as AL Most Valuable Player (1911)

This article was written by Daniel Ginsburg and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Perhaps the most competitive and complex personality ever to appear in a big league uniform, Ty Cobb was the dominant player in the American League during the Deadball Era, and arguably the greatest player in the history of the game. During his 24-year big league career, Cobb captured a record 11 (or 12) batting titles, batted over .400 three times and won the 1909 Triple Crown. Upon his retirement he held career records for games played (3,035), at bats (11,434), runs (2,246), hits (4,189), total bases (5,854), and batting average (.366). Cobb also retired with the twentieth century record for most career stolen bases, with 892.

Adopting an aggressive, take-no-prisoners style of play which mirrored his fiery temperament and abrasive personality, Cobb dominated the game in the batter's box and on the base paths. At the plate, the 6'1", 175-pound left-handed swinger often gripped the bat with his hands several inches apart, but usually brought them back together during his swing. A powerful hitter, Cobb led the league in slugging percentage eight times, and paced the circuit in doubles three times and triples four times. Yet he was also a scientific hitter who liked to beat out bunts and infield grounders for base hits. After 1920, Cobb became a passionate defender of the Deadball Era-style of play, derisively mocking the "swing crazy" batters of the modern game who had neglected the inside strategies mastered by the Georgia Peach.

Tyrus Raymond Cobb was born December 18, 1886 in The Narrows, Georgia, the oldest of three children of William Herschel Cobb, a school teacher, and his 15-year-old wife Amanda Chitwood Cobb, who came from a prominent Georgia family. Young Ty developed a passion for baseball, and by the time he was 14 he was playing on the Royston, Georgia town team. Cobb soon became a standout on the team and began to focus his energies on baseball, a development that did not please his father.

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