“In legend I am a sadistic, slashing, swashbuckling despot who waged war in the guise of sport.” – Ty Cobb
The Georgia Peach was far from such on the field. A tremendous overall athlete, the longtime Tigers center fielder was famous for an aggressive playing style that included lunging into bases with his cleats exposed. When Cobb ended his 24-year playing career, he held 90 Major League Baseball records, inclduing hits, batting average, and stolen bases. He remains the career leader in batting average (.366), a record that has proven difficult to approach – no other hitter has eclipsed .360 for a career. On June 15, 1928, Cobb cemented a record he still holds when he stole home for the 54th and final time.
Mick Gillispie told the story of Cobb in the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Mississippi Braves on Sunday.