More Info on Ty Cobb
May 5, 1925 - When Babe Ruth and his mighty home runs came onto the scene, Cobb seethed with anger. The Detroit Tigers center-fielder believed in the single, the steal, advancing baserunners with a grounder. He resented that the Babe and his brute force had taken over baseball.
Ty Cobb and his legendary rival Babe Ruth each dominated baseball, but they didn't do it in the same fashion. Cobb believed in the science of hitting and artistry of baserunning. Ruth revolutionized the game in the early 1920s with unprecedented home run power. Here's how the career numbers of both players compare:
Cobb, the Tigers' player-manager, was 38 and in his 21st season in the majors. Only once had he reached double figures in homers (12 in 1921), though he had led the American League with nine in 1909.Cobb was as good as his word today. In the first and second innings, he smashed home runs into the right-field bleachers. In the eighth, he went even deeper, sending the ball beyond the bleachers and onto Grand Avenue. His three homers tied the 20th century record for most in a game. In his other three at-bats in the Tigers' 14-8 victory, Cobb had two singles and a double. With his 16 total bases, he broke by three the modern record. He finished 1925 with 12 homers.
Until the Mets' Edgardo Alfonzo accomplished the feat in 1999, no other major leaguer had ever gone 6-for-6 with three homers in a game.Odds 'n' Ends
"An extremely peculiar soul, brooding and bubbling with violence, devious, suspicious and combative
all the way."