Ty Cobb in 1921 on the Detroit Tigers
Ty Cobb was the best hitter of all time

When it came to hitting, Ty Cobb had no equal.

He owned a bat with a distinct split grip for expert control and ran like a wild man on the base paths, leaping into fielders with his sharpened metal spikes sailing towards the bases.

Yes, you read that right: He sharpened his spikes. He stole a lot of bases, too. In fact, it was Lou Brock who finally eclipsed Cobb's stolen base record…

But I digress.

Ty was the greatest hitter in terms of lifetime batting average in the history of major league baseball.

Of course, Cobb was a Hall-of-Famer.

He played from 1905 to 1928. He fought in WWI in 1918, too.

One day, long after he retired from Major League Baseball, Ty was at a minor league baseball game and a sportswriter asked him, “What do you think you’d hit if you were playing ball nowadays?

“I know you hit .367 when you were playing.

“What do you think you’d hit if you were playing nowadays?”

Ty Cobb said, “Well, if I was playing nowadays, I’d probably only hit about 300.”

The sportswriter said, “Mr. Cobb, I thought you were going to say 400.

“The pitching’s not as good as when you played.

“The ball’s a lot livelier.

“There’s this artificial turf, and ground balls just whip through the infield.

“Why would you only hit 300?”

Cobb said, “Well, you have to realize I’m 74 years old.

Believe in yourself.


Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1921_Ty_Cobb.jpeg


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  • Hi Bill,

    I love the story, and of course… the message.

    As a Brooklyn gal, my greatest sports moment was the first time the Mets won the World Series (I missed the B-Dodgers years, though I lived pretty close to the site of Ebetts Field).

    The rallying cry for the ’69 Mets was “You Gotta Believe” as they destroyed the dreams of the Cubs. But the Cubs finally did it, didn’t they? and their motto in 2016 was “Try Not To Suck”… So I guess both of those fit in pretty nicely here, don’t they?

    -Donna

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