Ty Cobb (1936)
Ty Cobb, undoubtedly one of the best players in baseball history, played with the Detroit Tigers for 22 years (1905-1926) and with the Philadelphia Athletics for two years (1927-1928). He also managed the Tigers from 1921 through 1926.
In 1911, Cobb won the American League MVP award. That year he led the American League in batting average with .420, RBIs with 127, doubles with 47, triples with 24, and stolen bases with 83.
During his career, Cobb set several records, including leading the American League in batting average 12 times. In addition to being an excellent hitter, Cobb was a threat to steal and four times after reaching first base, he stole second base, third base, and home all in one inning. Cobb's unbroken major league records include having the best career batting average with .366 and the most career steals of home with 54. He is the only major league player with two 35 game hitting streaks and he is second to Pete Rose in the number of 20 or more game hitting streaks with six (Rose had seven).
In 1926, Cobb, along with Tris Speaker, was forced into retirement due to a game-fixing scandal. However, both were cleared and Cobb returned in 1927 to the Philadelphia Athletics. He voluntarily retired at the end of the following season.
Statistics for Cobb in 24 seasons (1905-1928) in the major leagues include:
- 18 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 248 in 1911
- 15 seasons with 30 or more doubles, with a high of 47 in 1911
- 17 seasons with 10 or more triples, with a high of 24 in 1911 and 1917
- 7 seasons with over 100 RBIs, with a high of 127 in 1911
- 8 seasons with over 50 stolen bases, with highs of 76 in 1909, 83 in 1911, and 96 in 1915
- 19 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .420 in 1911
Career statistics for Cobb include:
- 3,035 games played
- 4,189 hits
- 724 doubles
- 295 triples
- 1,937 RBIs
- 892 stolen bases
- .366 batting average