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MAY 15 (1912) - Cobb*
By Billy Grimes
May 15, 2007 - 8:56 PM

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Cobb out of control, what new

 

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK MAY 15, 1912 Baseball superstar Ty Cobb got so ticked off at a heckler during a game on this date in baseball history that he charged into the stands after him. Cobb was not known for his gentlemanly demeanor, but this was different. The man he went after, Claude Lueker, was disabled. He’d lost one hand and three fingers on the other in an industrial accident. American League President Ban Johnson came down hard on Cobb by suspending him indefinitely, which ended up being until May 27th, twelve days later.

 

“The Georgia Peach” didn’t seem to care that he rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. He wasn’t afraid to get his spikes in the way of opposing players, was constantly fighting, and considered by many to be a racist. But Cobb played baseball in a ferocious way. At the same time he put up some of the best numbers in the history of baseball.

 

Lifetime batting average:            .366

Batting titles:                                 12

Career hits:                              4,189

Runs scored:                            2,246

Stolen bases:                               892

 

He hit at least .320 for 23 straight seasons. He hit over .400 three times. Several times in his career reached first and proceeded to steal second, third and home. He was among the first group of players elected into the Hall of Fame in 1936. It wasn't because he was well liked.

 

Contributing sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Cobb

http://baseballguru.com/omi/ty_cobb.htm

http://wso.williams.edu/~jkossuth/cobb/race.htm

 

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