Infuriating his own teammates as much as his opponents, Ty Cobb did not receive the warmest welcome in Detroit. Arriving August 29, 1905, Cobb made the fans go wild with his first at bat. He hit a line drive over the head of center fielder Eddie Hahn. Although his name was not even listed on the scorecard that day we are sure fans quickly learned his name. He didn't understand the way his teammates played the game and how they could not do the things that he could.To him there was one way to play baseball - his way.
With that his teammates began what we might today consider hazing Cobb. He would be pushed aside at the batting cages, locked out of the bathroom to freeze in hotel hallways, his bats sawed in half and caps crushed. It did not take long for the fights to begin. Although Cobb was said to have been better with his mouth then his fists, he didn't back away from any man.
Ty Cobb was known as much for mastering the art of batting as for his attitude. Owner Frank Navin saw a young man with great potential who could run like the wind. "The kid was crude, but look at him run."
Ty Cobb was the first player to ever be selected to the Hall of Fame. Below is a list of fast facts about one of the greatest ball players of all time. Hope you find them as interesting as we did!
• Ty Cobb has the highest lifetime batting average (.367) of all time.
• Ty Cobb played on three World Series teams, all with the Detroit Tigers.
• Ty Cobb is second on the all-time hit list behind Pete Rose.
• Ty Cobb is one of only two people to hit a home run before his 20th birthday and after his 40th birthday.
• Ty Cobb stole home more than anyone else (54).
• Ty Cobb won more batting average titles than any other person (12).
• In 1936, he became the first player ever selected to the Hall of Fame.
• Ty Cobb became the first ball player to star in a movie, a drama by Grantland Rice, "Somewhere in Georgia."
• Cobb endorsed a chewing gum, a brand of suspenders and underwear.
• He associated with financiers and industrialists, golfed with President William Howard Taft, and visited President Woodrow Wilson in the White House.
• Cobb invested his money into real estate and securities, and owned an auto dealership. His best investment was in a Atlanta-based soft drink company, Coca-Cola.
• Ty Cobb's dentures sold for $7,475 at auction.