Quote of the Day (May 11, 2013)

Ty Cobb:

When I began playing the game, baseball was about as gentlemanly as a kick in the crotch.

Quote of the day for April 18, 2013

Ty Cobb on Babe Ruth:

I can’t honestly say that I appreciate the way in which he changed baseball — from a game of science to an extension of his powerful slugging — but he was the most natural and unaffected man I ever knew. No one ever loved life more. No one ever inspired more youngsters. I have reverence for his marvelous ability . I look forward to meeting him again some day.

Picture of the day: Cobb and Mathewson

The 1911 World Series was between the Tigers and Giants. That meant that two of the greatest stars of the early 20th century faced each other: Christy Mathewson and Ty Cobb.

This photo is from the Library of Congress Flickr stream and there are no known copyright restrictions.

Great Baseball Lies: The Number of Hits Ty Cobb Had

On September 11, 1985, Pete Rose got his 4,192nd base hit, passing the immortal Ty Cobb for most hits in MLB history.

Except… he probably had already passed him a few days earlier, on September 8, 1985 at Wrigley Field. You see, earlier in the decade, somebody had found that, at one point, a game Ty Cobb had played in 1910 had been counted twice. However, the marketing machine and narrative about Rose was heating up, and the number of 4191 had such a nice ring to it and had been the established number for decades, so commissioner Bowie Kuhn declared that 4191 would remain the MLB record for hits (until Rose broke it, of course).
However, Baseball Reference says differently, as do most other non-MLB sources. Therefore, I am declaring Ty Cobb’s “4191” hit total one of baseball’s great lies.