Ty Cobb Newsbeat
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Washington Herald, April 10, 1913:
A telegraphic offer of $15,000 was made [yesterday] to Ty Cobb, the hold-out outfielder of the Detroit team, to play with the [Lynchburg] club in the United States League this season.
If Cobb accepts, the money will be raised at once by popular subscription. Cobb declares that he will not play with the Tigers unless he gets $15,000, and President Navin declares he will not pay Cobb any such salary.
“Listen, Ty, we’ll give you $15,000 to play in a league that didn’t make it through two months last season. We don’t actually have the $15,000, but we promise we’ll get it. And you’ll be banned for life from organized baseball, but you can just play in the United States League for the next 15 years. What do you say?”
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 9, 1913:
Renewing a quarrel which began here last Saturday, Ty Cobb, Detroit star, and Rutledge Osborne, a member of the Wofford College team…engaged in a rough and tumble fight in a Greenville hotel bedroom last night. Osborne came off second best.
The friends of the “Georgia Peach” say that Osborne took offense at a fancied insult, refused to accept apology [sic], insisted on a fight, and that Cobb in sheer self-defense took Osborne to the room and gave him a spanking.
Efforts were made to keep the affair secret.
I’d love to know what the fancied insult was.
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