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Baseball Ty Cobb liked to say is something like a warBaseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men Its not pink tea and mollycoddles had better stay out of it Itsa struggle for supremacy a survival of the fittest Ward and Burns 64 Although Ty Cobb was possibly the greatest player in baseball history many people would consider him its worst person Tyrus Raymond Cobb was born December 18 1886 in The Narrows Georgia His parents named him after the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre which stubbornly refused to surrender to Alexander the Great From the very beginning he took after the city and became one of baseballs most stubborn and hated men The Georgia Peach so-called was a creature of extremes Ty Cobb is by bald statistics measurably the greatest hitter ever he was by the reckoning of virtually everyone who met him personally the most despicable human being ever to grace the National Pastime Deford 56 Cobbs playing career with the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics was arguably the best anyone ever had He won twelve batting titles in thirteen years including a record nine in a row He also holds the records for the most runs scored with 2245 and the highest lifetime batting average at 367 a number nearly unreachable even in just one season by todays standards Other records he set that have since been broken 3034 games played 4191 hits 892 stolen bases 392 outfield assists 1136 extra base hits and 1961 runs batted in He also struck out just 357 times in 11429 times at bat a phenomenal achievement After his career ended in 1936 he was the leading vote-getter of the first class of the Baseball Hall of Fame beating even Babe Ruth However Cobbs career was marred with controversy and scandals He was hated by nearly every player in the league including his own teammates When he was first called up to play with Detroit
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