Ty Cobb

Baseball Player
Born Dec 18, 1886

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb, nicknamed "The Georgia Peach," was an American Major League Baseball outfielder. He was born in Narrows, Georgia. Cobb spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, the last six as the team's player-manager, and finished his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1936, Cobb received the most votes of any player on the inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, receiving 222 out of a possible 226 votes.… Read More

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1886 Birth Cobb was born in 1886 in Narrows, Georgia, a small rural community of farmers that was not an official city or village at the time. … Read More


1905 18 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 8, 1905, Cobb's mother fatally shot his father with a pistol that his father had purchased for her. … Read More
1906 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Although he hit .240 in 41 games, he signed a lucrative $1,500 contract from the Tigers for 1906. … Read More


After being moved to right field, he led the Tigers to three consecutive American League pennants in 1907, 1908 & 1909. … Read More
1908 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1908, Cobb attacked a black laborer in Detroit who complained when Cobb stepped into freshly poured asphalt; Cobb was found guilty of battery but the sentence was suspended.
1910 23 Years Old Going into the final days of the 1910 season, Cobb had a .004 lead on Nap Lajoie for the American League batting title. … Read More
1911 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Cobb was having a tremendous year in 1911, which included a 40-game hitting streak. … Read More
1912 25 Years Old On May 15, 1912, Cobb assaulted a heckler, Claude Lucker (often misspelled as Lueker), in the stands in New York's Hilltop Park where his Tigers were playing the Highlanders (now the Yankees). … Read More
1915 28 Years Old In 1915, Cobb set the single-season record for stolen bases with 96, which stood until Dodger Maury Wills broke it in 1962. … Read More


1917 - 1922 5 More Events
1924 37 Years Old On May 10, 1924, Cobb was honored at ceremonies before a game in Washington, D.C., by more than 100 dignitaries and legislators. … Read More
1925 38 Years Old 1 More Event
All of these men were assigned to the Gas and Flame Division, where they trained soldiers in preparation for chemical attacks by exposing them to gas chambers in a controlled environment, which was eventually responsible for Mathewson's contracting tuberculosis which led to his premature death on the eve of the 1925 World Series. … Read More
1926 39 Years Old Cobb announced his retirement after a 22-year career as a Tiger in November 1926, and headed home to Augusta, Georgia. … Read More


On January 27, 1927, Judge Landis cleared Cobb and Speaker of any wrongdoing because of Leonard's refusal to appear at the hearings. … Read More
1928 41 Years Old Cobb returned for the 1928 season, but played less frequently due to his age and the blossoming abilities of the young A's, who were again in a pennant race with the Yankees. … Read More
1930 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In the winter of 1930, Cobb moved into a Spanish ranch estate on Spencer Lane in the millionaires' community of Atherton outside San Francisco, California. … Read More
1936 49 Years Old In February 1936, when the first Hall of Fame election results were announced, Cobb had been named on 222 of 226 ballots, outdistancing Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson, the only others to earn the necessary 75% of votes to be elected that first year. … Read More


1941 54 Years Old Cobb's competitive fires continued to burn after retirement. In 1941, he faced Babe Ruth in a series of charity golf matches at courses outside New York, Boston and Detroit and won two out of three.


1947 60 Years Old 1 More Event
The couple eventually divorced in 1947 after 39 years of marriage; the last few of years of which Mrs. Cobb lived in nearby Menlo Park.
1949 - 1956 3 More Events
1959 72 Years Old In December 1959, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and Bright's disease. … Read More
He checked into Emory Hospital for the last time in June 1961. … Read More
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