TY COBB - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 06/10/1931 - HFSID 279706
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).
Sale Price $2,800.00
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). Tyrus Raymond Cobb (1886-1961), "the Georgia Peach," was the first player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (1936). Playing for the Detroit Tigers (1905-1926) and Philadelphia Athletics (1927-1928), he batted over .400 three times, won 12 batting titles, and compiled the highest career batting average in Major League history (.366). He swiped 891 bases, and is second only to Pete Rose in career hits (4,189); nobody else has ever logged 4,000 hits. Even before Cobb's retirement, Babe Ruth and other "sluggers" were inaugurating a new style of baseball emphasizing the home run, but Cobb perfectly embodied the base-running, bat handling offense of earlier times. Fiercely competitive on the field, Cobb possessed some unsavory personal qualities, including racism, misogyny and a violent temper. To balance the picture, it should be noted that an older Cobb supported the integration of baseball, and used a fortune compounded by shrewd investments to generously endow a hospital and a scholarship fund. Photograph lightly creased. Adequate contrast of signature. Date is faint. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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