The Day by Day History of the
Ty Cobb Made His 4,000th Hit
July 18, 1927
Who do you think are the greatest baseball
players of all time? If it were 1927, you might have named Babe
Ruth or Ty Cobb. On July 18, 1927, Cobb recorded his 4,000th
career hit. Can you imagine getting 4,000 hits? Cobb is
considered by many to be the greatest offensive player in
baseball history. He started his professional baseball career
when he was 18 years old. For 22 out of 24 seasons, he
played with the Detroit Tigers. In this baseball card from 1912,
Cobb is stealing third base.
Ty Cobb's nickname was the
"Georgia Peach" because he was born in Narrows, Georgia. Besides
being a great player, Cobb was a fierce competitor. He stole
home 50 times, won 12 batting average titles, and managed the
Detroit Tigers for six seasons while also playing centerfield.
There's some debate about the exact figure for his lifetime
batting average, but for 23 years he batted at least .300. In
this photo, there are two of the greatest hitters in
baseball--Ty Cobb and Joe Jackson. Traded to the White Sox
in 1915, Jackson averaged .356. Both players were involved in
scandal. Do you know what they did?
Joe Jackson was
banned from baseball after being involved in a conspiracy to
"throw" (fix the outcome of) the World Series in 1919, known as
the Black Sox Scandal. Cobb was allowed to resign from
professional baseball in 1926 after supposedly being involved in
gambling violations. Later, baseball's first commissioner, Judge
Kenesaw Mountain Landis, cleared Cobb of charges and allowed him
to play again. Cobb, a left-handed batter who threw with his
right hand, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
Cobb's autobiography, titled My Life in
, was published in 1961.