The First Hall of Fame Inductee: Ty Cobb

 

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.

Detroit Tigers 1907 Jersey - Ty Cobb

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6/28/2010 5:35:38 PM

I think Ty Cobb was one of five players that were inducted on the same day in 1936;Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner. The title insinuates that only Cobb can claim the title "first ever."

Clint | Reply

6/30/2010 2:38:35 AM

I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

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6/30/2010 10:43:44 AM

Hi Clint,

You are correct that he was not the only player to elected in that year. He did receive the most votes earning 222 out of 226. We should have included this in our post.

Thank you for pointing this out to us! We love hearing back from everyone!

Thank you Clint!

Alyson | Reply

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