This Date in Baseball History – June 15

Ty Cobb


“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.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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