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Ty Cobb

Ty Cobb

Ty Cobb is regarded as one of the best players in the history of baseball. He is also called as "The Georgia Peach." During his career he mostly played for the Detroit Tigers and a couple

of matches for the Philadelphia Athletics. He had a batting average of .367, the highest in the history of the game. He is a leading scorer with 2,245, runs and was the hit leader until the mid-1980s when Pete Rose broke his record. In year 1936, he earned 222 out of 226 votes and became the first member of Baseball's Hall of Fame.

He grew up in Royston, Georgia, under the watchful eyes of his father, who was a newspaper publisher, school teacher, and principal and motivated Ty to study. When Ty went for playing professional baseball, his father sternly told him,

Do not come home a failure.

It is improbable that anybody can surpass his batting average.

He topped the .300 mark 23 times in his twenty four seasons of baseball. In year 1907 his first best season came, and the Tigers dominated throughout the World Series. That season his batting average was .350. Other league bests consists of 119 RBIs, 49 stolen bases and 212 hits. Cobb didn't stop there. In year 1907 he won 9 successive batting titles. Cobb might be recalled best for his harsh and intimidating playing style. His best year was 1911, when he led the league in every single category.

He used to practice a lot. He spent hours placing blankets with the base and practiced day in and day out, bunting a ball on the basket. He was so enthusiastic as well as committed towards his game that he spent hours in cold winters in search of heavy boots just to prepare himself and his legs for the forthcoming campaign. He overlooked no opportunity to gain an edge over his oppositions, most of whom loved his drive to succeed.

Cobb comprehended the worth of money and involved in yearly haggles with Detroit officials prior to signing his agreement or contract. Cobb's income was mostly invested in Coca-Cola and General Motors stock, which made him very rich and possibly baseball's first millionaire.