On This Day: Ty Cobb records his 4,000th career hit

Detroit Tigers Old School LogoWidely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever step foot on a baseball diamond, Ty Cobb was a one-of-a-kind player. His intrusive style of play often overlooks the tremendous career he had playing big league baseball. He gained quite a reputation in the game of baseball and not necessarily in the best way, as Cobb would slide feet first into bases with his spikes high. As you could imagine, not many players took a liking to that, but in Cobb’s case, he didn’t care, that’s the way he played the game. The game was played so different back then to how it is played today, but one thing was for sure, you’d never question Ty Cobb’s passion for the game and having such a will to be the best player ever.

Philadelphia Athletics LogoCobb compiled a career .366 batting average, scored 2,244 runs, tallied 724 doubles and stole 897 bases. Not really known to hit home runs, but Cobb could surely get the base hits and plenty of them. On this day back in 1927, as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics, the team he played his final two big league seasons with, Cobb made baseball history at the time. He became the first MLB player to reach 4,000 career hits, a feat the only he had his name attached to at the time. That is a whole lot of base hits. As of today, only Cobb and Pete Rose are the only players to have conquered at least 4,000 career MLB hits.

16 is the number of times Cobb hit .350 or better in a season, a pretty remarkable number if you really think about it. Not even ‘Charlie Hustle’ can say he did that during his career.

Ty Cobb Statue - Flickr (Aaron Webb)
Photo Credit: Aaron Webb/Flickr

Ty Cobb is immortalized throughout baseball history, but especially Detroit Tigers history. The Tigers honored Cobb with his name and statue that are displayed in left field, along with five other Tiger greats at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. The park opened in 2000 and the statues are one of the staples inside the stadium for all to see who take in a Tigers game on any given day or night.

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His legacy in the game of baseball is overshadowed by dark moments that seem to really suffocate the reality of just how gifted of a baseball player Ty Cobb really was, regardless of how he played the game. Every player has their own way of going about their business on the field, some more respected than others, but with the numbers Cobb put up in his career it can’t go unnoticed. He won the Triple Crown in 1909, along with being named the American League MVP in 1911 and being the recipient of 12 AL batting titles.

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 with 222 out of a possible 226 votes, ‘The Georgia Peach’ will forever be remembered in baseball history.

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