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Ty Cobb

Ty Cobb

Interment LocationVisitedSequence in Graves I Have Visited
Royston, GAMarch 27, 202254th Baseball Hall Enshrinee visited


Photographed August 19, 2023.

The inscription on Cobb’s Hall of Fame plaque reads, “Led American League in batting twelve times and created or equalled more Major League records than any other player. Retired with 4191 Major League hits.” Research conducted subsequent to Cobb’s induction has determined that record-keeping errors resulted in a slight inflation of Cobb’s career hit and at-bat totals, as well as his lifetime batting average. Officially, MLB still credits Cobb with the 4,191 hits mentioned on his plaque, but in reality he had two fewer, for a true total of 4,189. This means that Cincinnati Reds player-manager Pete Rose actually surpassed Cobb’s total three days prior to September 11, 1985, when he was crowned as the new all-time hits leader.

Photographed July 14, 2009.

 

Sources Consulted and Further Reading

Krabbenhoft, Herm. “How Many Hits Did Ty Cobb Make in His Major League Career? What Is His Lifetime Batting Average?.” Society for American Baseball Research. Spring 2019. https://sabr.org/journal/article/how-many-hits-did-ty-cobb-make-in-his-major-league-career-what-is-his-lifetime-batting-average/.

 

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