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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Who Was Ty Cobb? The History We Know That’s Wrong

But what about Cobb’s 19th-century Southern roots? How could someone born in Georgia in 1886 not be a racist? What I found—and again, not because I am the Babe Ruth of researchers, but because I actually did some research—is that Ty Cobb was descended from a long line of abolitionists. His great-grandfather was a minister who preached against slavery and was run out of town for it. His grandfather refused to fight in the Confederate army because of the slavery issue. And his father was an educator and state senator who spoke up for his black constituents and is known to have once broken up a lynch mob.

zenbitz Posted: April 30, 2016 at 11:31 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, racism, ty cobb

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hey Bill: Dick Allen, Ty Cobb, reputations

Allen was very charming, but he was a manipulator.  He had a genius for dividing people, and for picking petty quarrels in which the other person was always the bad guy.  Exactly one-half of his teammates loved him.  He was an alcoholic, and alcoholics are the greatest manipulators in the world; that’s why they make great managers.  Starting nine. . .well, Allen, Hornsby, Albert Belle, Joe Medwick.  Carl Mays.  Probably shouldn’t spend too much time with it; we all have our demons.  I don’t know that we’re better people than any of them were

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: April 14, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 212 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, dick allen, ty cobb

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-24-2016

Washington Times, March 24, 1916:

Ty Cobb is to get back his $600 diamond ring he lost two weeks ago. It has been found by a little boy and he will turn it over to the star tosser.

Ty Cobb was kind of a tosser, but I don’t think they meant it the same way I do.

Kudos to the kid and his family, who could have sold the ring and made a bunch of money.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 24, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

Monday, March 21, 2016

A look at when Ty Cobb performed his steals of home

On April 20, 1912, Ty Cobb christened Frank Navin’s new $300,000 ballpark by scoring the Detroit Tigers’ first-ever run at Navin Field. He did it in typically dramatic style, swiping home in the bottom of the first inning against Cleveland’s Vean Gregg. It was the first of a record eight steals of home the Peach would pull off that summer.

Wahoo Sam Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:19 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: charts, detroit tigers, stolen bases, ty cobb

Friday, March 11, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-11-2016

Toledo News-Bee, March 11, 1916:

Ty Cobb, world-famous ball player, is mourning the loss of a $600 diamond ring which he has been wearing for the past 10 years. The ring is resting somewhere along the Big Four railroad tracks between Ivorydale and Lockland, near Cincinnati.

Cobb lost the ring when it was washed from a new style basin unknown to Cobb. Cobb walked the ties, but was unable to locate the expensive stone. He has offered a big reward for its return.

Don’t look at it as the loss of a $600 ring, Ty. Look at it as the end of a ten-year lease at $5 a month.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 11, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Family finds not one but 7(!) 100-year-old Ty Cobb baseball cards

Joe Orlando, the president of Professional Sports Authenticator in Newport Beach, California, who verified the find, said it is “spectacular” and “miraculous” to have come across such a cache.

“I am not sure if any other baseball card find is more remarkable than this new discovery,” Orlando said in a statement.

Morty Causa Posted: March 03, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, ty cobb

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-31-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 31, 1915:

[Boston Red Sox owner Joe] Lannin has read a lot of stories in which Benny [Kauff] has said about his prowess at smashing baseballs, and he makes no secret of the fact that Benny must prove it first.

“I suppose this Kauff is a pretty good ball player,” said Lannin, “but I can’t see where he gets the nerve to talk of himself in the same breath with Ty Cobb. Why you have to consider the class that Kauff has been playing in for the last two years. When he gets into a big league he’ll have a job in front of him to hit .300.”

Lannin got this one exactly right. Kauff hit .357/.447/.523 in his two Federal League seasons, but .287/.357/.413 in the NL. That’s still a good player - a center fielder with a 136 OPS+ is nothing to sneeze at - but it ain’t Ty Cobb.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 31, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: benny kauff, dugout, federal league, history, ty cobb

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-24-2015

Here’s a picture of Ty Cobb, John Philip Sousa Jr., and one of Cobb’s hunting dogs, published in the Milwaukee Journal 100 years ago today:

I don’t really know why, but I love the idea that Ty Cobb hung out with John Philip Sousa’s son.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 24, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

 

 

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