On the field Cobb was known for his over the top aggressive base running and his ability to hit the ball to all parts of the field. A true craftsman of the sport he loved. After his retirement he’s been quoted as saying, “I never could stand losing. Second place didn’t interest me. I had a fire in my belly.”
Off the field Cobb was not liked by many but mainly on a personal level, he was a roughneck and often times bantered opposing teams and had been known for intimidating people with bully-like tactics on the field and that sentiment poured over off the field. However, ultimately on the field he was respected for his accomplishments. Many books have been written about him and movies as well. He lived hard and played harder. No respectable baseball historian will argue that Tyrus Raymond Cobb is one of the greatest ball players to ever play the game.
Hall of Fame team-mate Sam Crawford said, “He didn’t out hit and he didn’t out run them, he out thought them.”
…and pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Smoky Joe Wood said this about Cobb, “He was the best ballplayer I ever saw. I always said if there was a league higher than the Majors, Ty Cobb would be the only fellow in it. Just as you’d be thinking about doing something, Ty would be doing it. He was always one step ahead of you.”
These quotes serve as a testimony to the type of savvy ball player he was. Cobb to this day holds the record for youngest major leaguer to hit 3,000 hits. He accomplished this at the young age of 34 and he done it in the fewest number of at bats 8,093. His career stats: Batting Average .366 |Hits 4,189 | RBI 1,944 | Stolen Bases 897
Cobb was one of five major league baseball players to be inducted into the very first Hall of Fame Ceremony in 1936. Cobb was inducted along with: Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner.
ROOKIE CARD OF HALL OF FAMER TY COBB
1909-1911 T206 Tobacco Card (shop eBay)
The rarest of Mr. Cobbs cards are found between 1907-1909: W600 Sporting Life Cabinets, H.M. Taylor, Novelty Cutlery, A.C. Dietsche and Wolverine News. However, These were printed in the form of postcards and are extremely difficult to find. You can check these out here oldcardboard.com.
But a more mainstream card can be found in the T206 card set but they are extremely rare to find. There are two variants – Portrait Reds and Portrait Greens; the Reds have 15 different variations of tobacco product advertisements on the card backs. These are easier to find and PSA.com shows 1,879 of these Portrait Reds have been slabbed by them. The Portrait Greens have the same portrait photo of Cobb but with a green background. There is significantly fewer of the green backs available, and there are only five tobacco product variations for the card backs. PSA.com shows 791 of the Portrait Greens have been slabbed.
“The Lucky 7 Find.” In February 2016 a family sifting through the possessions of their great grandparents in an attic noticed a paper bag on the floor. One of the family members, out of curiosity, looked through the bag and saw some postcards, papers and at the bottom of the bag they noticed not one or two but seven baseball cards of Ty Cobb (7 of the Portrait Reds). Admittedly, they knew nothing about baseball cards but did recognize the name. They took them to a Local Card Shop, then submitted to Professional Sports Authenticators for grading and were sold at auction.
On February 25, 2017 a Portrait Red with the Ty Cobb tobacco brand (like the one pictured above) sold at auction in a PSA 2.5 grade for $240,000.00. And on February 21, 2016 a Portrait Green with Piedmont & Sweet Caporal tobacco advertisement on the card back sold at auction in a PSA 8 grade for $155,000.00.