Ty Cobb was the greatest baseball player that has ever lived, he also was the most influential on other baseball players. Who was Ty Cobb and what was his impact throughout the 20s? I propose to show his importance to baseball by giving examples of his determination to get to where he got to as a baseball player. Through the lessons and morals of hard work that his father had taught Ty as a boy, he was able to become a great hard-working baseball player.
Although his personal life may not have been good at all, the way he played baseball earned himself a 24 season playing career in the American league, a batting record for runs scored of 2,245, runs batted in of 1,937, a record of 892 stolen bases, and his record of a batting average of .366 has still not been beaten. His record of 96 stolen bases in one season in 1915 was not beaten until 1962. Most people say Ty Cobb was a jerk, which is partially true, I even agree somewhat, but there was a soft side to Ty, “I was called a radical, a despot, a bad loser, a dirty player, and worse. Some of these words still hurt.” (Cobb, 280)
However, no one can deny his ability to play baseball. He took it one step further than anyone else did at that time. He showed that it was not a sport for people who were not rough, or did not want to be hit, or that there was any chance to be hurt somehow. He saw baseball as a great game of inte...
lligence and athleticism. When I played baseball I didnt play for fun. To me it wasnt Parcheesi played under parchesi rules. Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. Its no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. Its a contest and everything implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.
Every man in the game from the minors on up, is not only fighting against the other side, but hes trying to hold onto his own job against those on his own bench whod love to take it away. Why deny this? Why minimize it? Why not boldly admit it? (Cobb, 280) Body: Tyrus Raymond Cobb was born on December 18, 1886 in Royston, Georgia to a fifteen-year-old mother named Amanda Chitwood. Tys father, William Herschel Cobb, was 23. They were married in 1883. William bought a 100-acre farm to supplement what he got for teaching school. This is where Ty grew up and where his father taught him the values of hard work and intensity. When Tys father saw that Ty was good at farming and did not mind working, the two grew closer.
Baseball was played very different then, from the way it is played now. “It was as gentlemanly as a kick in the crotch” (Cobb, 42) Ty spent a lot of his time playing baseball although his father disapproved. He says he started playing because he loved the competition, the battle of muscle and wits. When Ty was younger, he used to wind yarn around
small ball and make himself a baseball, then for the price of a few errands would find a leather maker that would make a cover for the ball. He played cow pasture baseball when he was 11 and 12 but had no ambition to make a career out of playing baseball. “…The new kid in town who owned a hittable ball could overcome social obstacles faster than a boy who didnt.” (Cobb, 17)
When Ty was not working on the farm with his father, he was playing baseball. William didnt like Ty playing baseball; he thought that Ty would become an alcoholic and a womanizer like the stereotype of baseball Stevenson, 4 players back then. When Ty was 17, he went to his father for permission to go try out for the South Atlantic League team in Augusta. William hesitated, but let Ty go so he could find that he didnt really want to be a baseball player, and would come back to be a doctor, lawyer, or military man. This is what he said to Ty, “Youve chosen. So be it, son. Get it out of your system, and let us hear from you.” (Cobb, 45) William sent Ty off with six checks for $15 each and wished him luck. An early sign that Ty was to become a professional baseball player was how hard he played. “I was a man who saw no point in losing, if I could win.” (Cobb, 280)
He would play every chance he got, practicing his hitting skills, and keeping in shape by working on the farm back home. One thing that he developed while playing “town ball” is the way he held the baseball bat. He would choke up on the bat more than anyone else, creating his own style of hitting and playing. After playing for the South Atlantic team for a while, he broke into his professional career playing for the Detroit Tigers in 1905 at the age of 18. There he would stay for his full 24-season playing career. In 1921 after the manager Hugh Jennings retired, Ty Cobb became the Detroit Tigers manager, but he kept playing and directed his team from the outfield. While playing for Augusta, he was bought for the Detroit Tigers for $700 thanks to manager Bill Armour. He made his first major league Stevenson, 5 appearance on August 30, 1905 playing center field. On his first turn at bat he hit a game-winning double off of Jack Chesbro, one of the leading pitchers of that time. In 1907, he got his first three records out of over 90 after Bill Armour retired and Ty became a regular outfielder.
In 1911, Ty got his highest batting average of his career of .420. (Kossuth, online) Ty also was famous for not only his physical abilities at baseball but also his psychological playing. He was the first baseball player to study the psychology of pitchers. He practiced the “war of nerves” method of getting on base. “I always try to keep the other team on their toes, so they wont know where the ball is going, my attack is
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