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Thursday, May 17, 2012
The [New York] Evening World, May 17, 1912:
Ty Cobb…has been indefinitely suspended by President Ban Johnson for jumping into the stands and handing a beating to a spectator at the New York ball park on Wednesday. Hughey Jennings, manager of the club, refused to make any statement regarding the case, but Tyrus said he thought he has been done a great injustice.
[Cobb] made a bitter attack on President Ban Johnson for suspending him, and declared that if similar circumstances occurred again he would act in the same way.
“No man with a right to the title would stand for the things I was called. They are unprintable, and if President Johnson would allow them to be used to him without knocking the man down who said them, he is not a man.”
I like the part where Hughie Jennings declines comment. Reading the sports pages of 1912, it certainly seems as if Cobb made Ee-Yah’s life miserable. It’s not hard to imagine that Jennings was secretly relieved he wouldn’t have to deal with Ty for a while.
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