"The Georgia Peach"
"This Ball Player Was A Competitor He Played The Game To Win"
Ty Cobb known through out the greater part of the world of sports and around the globe as "The Georgia Peach" and no baseball game opponent ever doubted he was in the game to win.
Hailing from the State of Georgia and the son of a school teaching Dad hoping his son would afford himself with a good education and become successful in life.
When Ty Cobb signed to play baseball professionally his Dad armed him with these words as he was leaving home, "Son do not come home a failure." Did he ever succeed well you might find the answer to that question with the same answer you give for these questions, "Are pork chops greasy?, or Is the Pope a Catholic?"
One of the all time greats of the game played almost his entire major league career with the Detroit Tigers. YOu would be hard pressed to find true baseball buffs who would argue that there was ever a player with more zeal and bravada for wanting to win.
1936 Inducted as Baseball-Hall-Of-Fame-Player Inaugural Class
"Baseball fans this ole cowhide covering I wear has been hit at and blasted by the best but this Georgia Peach was something else. Once when "TY" was stealing second base, while I was in the second sackers glove, he jabbed a sharp cleat right through my hide all the way into my tight wound yarn."
"At bat or on the bases nothing was safe not even a loud mouthed heckler in the stands Ty respected competition of playing but nothing slowed his respect for winning.
Tragedy of the most serious and life changing consequence may and could alter ones demeanor and total outlook upon life in a possible significant change in character?
Cobb once announced, "I would cut the heart out of my best friend if he ever tried to block the road."
His apparent tragic outward appearance hatred for the world and almost everyone probably stemmed, at least in part, from his father's tragic death in 1905.
Ty's dad W. H. Cobbb suspecting his wife and Ty's mother of infidelity, climbed a ladder to look into her bedroom window one night and Mrs. Cobb shot and killed him.
She was tried for voluntary manslaughter but won acquittal, testifying that she had mistaken her husband for an intruder. Cobb, who was very close to his father, saw his mother only occasionally after that and did not attend her funeral.
Baseball loyal fans, players and sports writers who cover the game of baseball just marvel at the hitting prowess of the Georgia Peach as enumerated below:
After batting only .240 in his first season,Ty Cobb went on a tear which lasted his entire career as he hit .316 in 1906, the first of a record 23 seasons in which he had a batting average over .300.
Ty Cobb won a record 10 batting titles, hitting .350 in 1907, .324 in 1908, .377 in 1909, .420 in 1911, .409 in 1912, .390 in 1913, .369 in 1915, .383 in 1917, .382 in 1918, and .384 in 1919.
Cobb also batted .401 in 1922 but lost the batting title to George Sisler, who hit .407 that season.
Batter Up ---- Let's Play Ball ....