Ty Cobb Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
Died: July 17, 1961 in Atlanta, Georgia
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.
TY COBB Ty Cobb addresses and signs an envelope. Autograph Envelope signed: "T.R. Cobb" at upper left margin, 7½x3¾. Envelope imprinted The La Jolla Town House, La Jolla, California, addressed by Cobb to: "Miss Marie Quinn, Windham, N.Y. read more...
Sale Price $1,190.00
Baseball great Ty Cobb handwrote this letter on his personalized stationery to a New Jersey fan in 1953 to thank him for a card and "the sentiments you expressed". Accompanied by original mailing envelope, also from Cobb's stationery and hand-addressed by him. read more...
Sale Price $2,040.00
TY COBB Ty Cobb sends an autograph letter of apology for delaying in responding to Ray Germain. Autograph Letter Signed: "Ty", 5x3 index card. Menlow Park, California, 1947 October 14. To Ray Germain. In full: "I have been away in the east for some time back only 2 days ago, sorry of the delay. read more...
Sale Price $1,530.00
TY COBB A letter from the first Baseball Hall of Famer to a friend, speaking briefly of the weather and wishing his wife well. Placed in a large decorative frame to an overall size of 24½x21. Autograph letter signed: "T. [Cob]b", in ink, 3¼x5¼. read more...
Sale Price $1,530.00
TY COBB Vintage 8x11 photo of Cobb in bow tie, speaking into a microphone, inscribed and signed in 1931, matted to 13x17 Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Jack Schaffer/In sincere friendship/Ty Cobb/June 10, '31". Vintage b/w, image 7¾x11¼, overall 13¼x16¾ (two surfaces). read more...
Sale Price $2,720.00
TY COBB. Check signed: "Tyrus R. Cobb", 8½x3¼. Reno, Nevada, 1948 November 8. Unnumbered check, filled out by Cobb in his own hand, drawn on his personal account at the First National Bank of Nevada, payable to cash for $20.00. read more...
Sale Price $1,360.00
TY COBB A printed biography of the baseball player from The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball, signed in blue ink Printed Biography signed: "Ty Cobb", 1p, 6½x9¾. Page 404 of The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball (p. 403 on verso). read more...
Sale Price $1,275.00
TY COBB A slip signed by Cobb changing the beneficiary of his insurance policy, dated 1948 Document signed: "Tyrus R. Cobb", 1p, 7½x3½. Menlo Park, Calif., 1948 February 9. In full: "I Tyrus R. Cobb the within insured in Policy No. read more...
Sale Price $1,360.00