Ty Cobb

Ty Cobb (Tyrus Raymond Cobb), 1886–1961, American baseball player, b. Narrows, Ga. In 1905 he joined the Detroit Tigers as center fielder and in his 24 years in the American League was one of the most spectacular and brilliant players in the history of the game. The hot-tempered Cobb, called the "Georgia Peach" by his admirers, achieved the best lifetime batting average (.367), made 4,189 major-league hits (now second in baseball history), stole 892 bases, and won 12 batting championships. He was (1921–26) manager of the Detroit team, played (1927–28) with the Philadelphia Athletics, and then retired from baseball. He was the first elected (1936) member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

See his autobiography (1961); biographies by C. C. Alexander (1984) and A. Stump (1994).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2013, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Temporarily FREE! My Life in Baseball: The True Record
Ty Cobb; Al Stump.
University of Nebraska Press, 1993
Ty Cobb
Charles C. Alexander.
Oxford University Press, 1984
Baseball: The Golden Age
Harold Seymour.
Oxford University Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ty Cobb begins on p. 107
Cobb as Role Model: Ty Cobb in Juvenile Periodical Literature: 1907-29. (Articles)
Hathaway, Ted.
Nine, Vol. 11, No. 2, Spring 2003
Thorstein Veblen, Ty Cobb, and the Evolution of an Institution
Peach, James.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 38, No. 2, June 2004
The Cobb-Speaker Scandal: Exonerated but Probably Guilty
Blaisdell, Lowell L.
Nine, Vol. 13, No. 2, Spring 2005
Ty Cobb
Finkel, Jan.
Nine, Fall 2000
More Than Merkle: A History of the Best and Most Exciting Baseball Season in Human History
David W. Anderson.
University of Nebraska Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "American League: Detroit Tigers" begins on p. 37
Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
Edward J. Rielly.
University of Nebraska Press, 2005
Librarian’s tip: "Cobb,Tyrus Raymond (The Georgia Peach) (1886 -1961)" begins on p. 58
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