» April 26, 1904: Ty Cobb makes his professional debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League), hitting a double and HR in an 8-7 loss to Columbus.
» August 9, 1905:
Mistaking her husband for a burglar, Ty Cobb's mother shoots and kills him, and incident that will be cited as the reason for Cobb's intense desire to succeed. The Georgia Peach will make his ML debut with the Tigers later this month.
» August 30, 1905: Ty Cobb makes his ML debut, doubling off Jack Chesbro, as Detroit defeats New York, 5–3. The 2-bagger is the first of his 4,191 hits, a record topped by Pete Rose with 4,256 in 1986.
» September 23, 1905: Detroit rookie Ty Cobb, 18, hits his first HR, off Cy Falkenberg, an inside-the-park blow, in an 8-5 loss at Washington.
» May 17, 1906: Detroit's Ty Cobb's bunt single spoils Rube Waddell's no-hit bid. The Philadelphia A's win 5-0.
» July 18, 1906: Ty Cobb, suffering stomach cramps, leaves the Tigers and returns to Detroit. He will undergo an operation for ulcers, and be out of the lineup until September.
» September 3, 1906:
Ty Cobb is back in the Detroit lineup for the first time in six weeks. He has a single and steal, but he misplays a Charley Hemphill flyball into a home run, and the Tigers lose 1-0 to the Browns Barney Pelty. Rain stops the game after seven innings.
» August 2, 1907:
Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with Washington and loses to Detroit. The first hit off him is a bunt single by Ty Cobb, who also helps Detroit's cause by throwing out three runners from RF, two of them at home plate. Sam Crawford's inside-the-park home run is the margin in Detroit's 3-2 win. Johnson exits in the 8th, trailing, 2-1. Detroit also wins the 2nd game of the doubleheader and moves into first place.
» September 30, 1907: An overflow crowd lines the OF at Philadelphia's Columbia Park for the showdown Monday doubleheader between the A's and Tigers. In the first game, the home team gets off to a 7-1 lead against 25-game winner Bill Donovan. But Rube Waddell, who relieves in the 2nd, fails to hold the lead. A 2-run home run by Ty Cobb ties it 8-8 in the 9th. Both teams score once in the 11th; an umpire's ruling costs Philadelphia the game in the 14th: Harry Davis hits a long fly into the crowd in left CF, ordinarily a ground-rule double. As Tiger CF Sam Crawford goes to the crowd's edge, a policeman stands up and moves, either to interfere or to get out of the way. Home plate umpire Silk O'Loughlin says there is no interference, then reverses his ruling when base umpire Tom Connolly offers a different opinion. When play resumes, the Athletics' Danny Murphy hits a long single that would have scored Davis. The game is called because of darkness in the 17th, a 9-9 tie. The 2nd game is never played. The Tigers, in first place, leave for Washington where they will win 4. They will finish one 1/2 games in front.
» October 2, 1907: Detroit sweeps a pair from Washington, winning 9–5 and 10–2. Ty Cobb's 200th hit earns him a $500 bonus; he will get 212 for the year.
» October 11, 1907: Orval Overall gives up a triple to Ty Cobb, but the Tigers are tamed again 6–1.
» March 21, 1908: Ty Cobb signs for $4,000 and an $800 bonus if he hits over .300. He will collect the bonus with a league-leading .324, one of only three AL regulars to top .300 (the NL has 5) in 1908.
» July 25, 1908: With the Highlanders leading the Tigers 3–2 in the 8th, Detroit scores two runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Claude Rossman the next hitter, New York's new manager Kid Elberfeld moves righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to 1B and replaces him with first baseman Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb, then goes back to 1B and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is Chase's only pitching appearance as the Tigers win 5–3.
» September 13, 1908: Browns pitcher Rube Waddell gives up a Detroit run in the first when Ty Cobb triples home Matty McIntyre, but ties the game when he singles a run home in the 2nd. Waddell allows nothing after that and the Browns win, 2-1, when Syd Smith singles in the winner in the bottom of the 11th.
» October 2, 1908:
In Detroit, the Tigers score two runs in the 9th to edge the Browns, 7–6. Ty Cobb scores the winning run , but is practically carried across the plate by Hugh Jennings. Cobb had been held at 3B by the umpire who believed Rossman's double had gone into the crowd. Cobb argued that it had not, and Jennings later reminded Cobb to, "score first, argue later." The Tigers remain in first by a half-game.
» October 12, 1908: Tiger bats roar for the last time, as Jack Pfiester proves an easy target, 8–3. Ty Cobb is 4-for-5.
» October 18, 1908: Four days after the finish of the World Series, the two teams meet again in Chicago for an exhibition game (as noted by historian Al Kermisch). The game outdraws the last series game in Detroit, as 6,864 watch the Tigers win, 7–2. In a pregame field day, Ty Cobb wins all three sprint events: he bunts and runs to 1B in 3.2 seconds, beating Evers, Mordecai Brown, and Del Howard. He circles the bases in 13.8 seconds and, clad in uniform, wins the 100-yard dash in 10.4 seconds, beating Jones and Solly Hofman in the latter. Hofman wins the long throw with a toss of 338 feet, besting Sam Crawford.
» June 5, 1909:
The Red Sox ship off pitcher Cy Morgan one day after he turns gun shy on a tag at the plate on Ty Cobb. The Sox get pitcher Biff Schlitzer in exchange. Cobb, on 2B when Morgan tossed a wild pitch, never slowed rounding 3B and headed home. Morgan had the ball in plenty of time for the tag at home, but preferred to stand aside and execute a Veronica instead of blocking the plate. Cobb easily avoided the tag.
» July 15, 1909: Ty Cobb has two inside-the-park homers to lead the Tigers to a sweep of the Nationals. Detroit wins, 9–5 and 7–0.
» July 22, 1909: For the first of four times in his career, Ty Cobb steals 2B, 3B, and home in an inning, doing it in the 7th inning against the Red Sox pitcher Harry Wolter. It is also Ty's first swipe of home in his career. The Tigers beat Boston 6–0.
» August 24, 1909:
At Detroit, A's catcher Paddy Livingston throws out Ty Cobb trying to steal 3rd during an intentional walk to Sam Crawford. Cobb intentional spikes 3B Frank Baker on his bare hand during the play, prompting howls of protest from the Athletics. The Tigers win, 7-6, and A's manager Connie Mack will complain to Ban Johnson about Cobb's dirty play. Cobb gets a warning from the AL president.
» September 13, 1909: Ty Cobb clinches the AL home run title with his 9th round-tripper. It is an inside-the-park drive against the Browns. In fact, all his nine home runs this season are inside-the-park, including two on July 15th. He is the only player in this century to lead in home runs without hitting one out of the park. Only Sam Crawford (12 in 1901) has hit more inside-the-park homers in a year than Cobb.
» September 18, 1909: Before 35,409, the largest paid baseball attendance ever, Chief Bender beats Bill Donovan and the Tigers 2-0 at Philadelphia to keep the A's in the pennant race. The A's are 14-8 against Detroit this year, setting an AL record for most wins against the pennant winner. Ty Cobb is the Triple Crown winner with a .377 BA, nine home runs (all inside the park), and 107 RBI. He also will lead the AL with 216 hits, 116 runs, and 296 total bases. His 76 stolen bases make him the only player ever to win a quadruple crown.
» October 8, 1909: The Pirates, winners of 110 games, face Detroit in the World Series, which pits the two leagues' top offensive stars, Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb. It is the first of three times that batting champs will face each other in the World Series (Al Simmons and Chick Hafey in 1931: Bobby Avila and Willie Mays in 1954 are the others) Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke starts 27-year-old rookie righthander Babe Adams against Tigers P George Mullin. There are only 11 hits in the game, but one is a home run by Clarke, and the Pirates win 4-1 before a crowd of 29,264.
» October 9, 1909: The Tigers win the 2nd World Series game behind Bill Donovan 7-2. Ty Cobb's steal of home highlights a 3-run 3rd. Detroit has been defenseless against stolen bases in the past three World Series, giving up 16 in five games to the Cubs in 1907, 15 in five games to the Cubs in 1908, and 18 in seven games to the Pirates this year, for a total of 49 in 17 games, and the highest SB totals in all of World Series history.
» October 12, 1909: George Mullin's 5-hitter, 5-0 victory evens the Series again, as Ty Cobb drives in two runs with a double. Mullin strikes out 10 batters, as Lefty Leifield takes the loss. Lefty is not helped by six Buc errors.
» August 16, 1910: The Tigers top the Senators, 8–3, with Ty Cobb stealing home for the 2nd time in his career. It comes in the 4th inning with Bob Groom on the mound.
» September 13, 1910: Ty Cobb hits his 9th home run of the year, all inside the park, to clinch his only home run title.
» October 9, 1910: The battle for the AL batting title is decided on the final day, when Detroit's Ty Cobb edges Cleveland's Nap Lajoie .3850687 to .3840947. Neither man covers himself with glory. Lajoie goes 8-for-8 in a doubleheader with the Browns, accepting six "gift" hits on bunt singles on which Browns rookie 3B Red Corriden is apparently purposely stationed at the edge of the OF grass. The prejudiced St. Louis scorer also credits popular Nap with a "hit" on the Brownie SS Bobby Wallace's wild throw to 1B. In Lajoie's last at bat, he is safe at first on an error call, but is credited with a sac bunt since a man was on. The St. Louis Post is just one of the papers to be openly critical of the move against Cobb. "All St. Louis is up in arms over the deplorable spectacle, conceived in stupidity and executed in jealousy." The Browns win the opener, 5–4, and Cleveland takes the nitecap, 3–0 with both managers, Jack O'Connor and Deacon McGuire catching. O'Connor is behind the plate for just an inning, but Maguire goes all the way.
» October 9, 1910:
Cobb, meanwhile, rather than risk his average, sits out the last two games, the Tigers beating the White Sox in the finale, 2–1. Ban Johnson investigates and clears everyone concerned, enabling Ty Cobb to win the 3rd of nine straight batting crowns. The embarrassed Chalmers Auto Company awards cars to both Ty and Nap. In 1981 The Sporting News uncovers an error—crediting a 2-for-3 game twice to Cobb—that, if corrected, would give the championship to Nap Lajoie. But the commissioner's committee votes unanimously to leave history unchanged.
» October 12, 1910: With the AL season ending a week earlier than the NL, the champion A's tune up with a 5-game series against an AL all-star team, which includes Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Doc White, Ed Walsh, and Walter Johnson. The A's drop four out of five to the all-stars, but Connie Mack will later state, "Those games, more than anything else, put the Athletics in a condition to outclass the National League champions."
» October 26, 1910: The Washington Post headlines a rumored trade with Walter Johnson going to Detroit for Ty Cobb. Detroit president Frank Navin scoffs at the story, saying he would never trade Cobb, but praising Johnson "as the best pitcher in the country."
» November 27, 1910: The touring Detroit Tigers, with Ty Cobb and Crawford in the lineup, play an exhibition game in Havana, Cuba. With George Mullin on the mound, the Tigers beat Almendares, 4–0.
» November 29, 1910: It's the Cuban's turn today as Cuban ace Jose Mendez shuts out the Tigers, 3–0. On a steal attempt, Ty Cobb is thrown out three times by Bruce Petway, who played last year for the Chicago Leland Giants, and Gervasio "Strike" Gonzales. On his last attempt, Cobb argues that the bag is three inches too far. When measured, Cobb is proved correct, but is still out stealing. A frustrated Cobb will cut short the tour and return to the U.S. The Tigers will end their Cuban swing at 7–4, with a tie. This is a reversal of last year's 4–8 record, when they played the Cuban teams without Cobb and Crawford. The champion A's also played in Havana at the same time, finishing with a 4–6 record.
» April 4, 1911: The idea of selecting a Most Valuable Player is introduced. Hugh Chalmers, the automobile maker, offers a new car to the player in each league chosen MVP by a committee of baseball writers. This is in response to last year's controversy where Chalmers ended up presenting cars to both Nap Lajoie and Ty Cobb, the AL batting leaders.
» May 7, 1911: Ty Cobb goes 4-for-5 and drives in the tying and winning runs to help Detroit beat lefty Doc White and the Chicago White Sox, 5–4.
» May 12, 1911: Against the Yankees at Bennett Park, Ty Cobb scores a run from 1st on a short single to right, scores from 2B on a wild pitch, then doubles home two runs in the 7th to tie the game. When New York C Ed Sweeney vehemently argues the call at the plate, the rest of the infield gathers, leaving Cobb untended at 2B. With no time out called, Cobb strolls to third base, and then ambles in to observe the continuing argument. When he spots an opening in the circle of players, he quickly slides in with the go-ahead run. The Tigers win, 6–5.
» May 13, 1911:
Paced by Ty Cobb's 3rd inning grand slam, his first ever, the Tigers take a 10–1 lead over the Red Sox after five innings. But Boston ties it in the 9th on Duffy Lewis's grand slam, and wins it in the 10th inning, 13–11. Boston outhits Detroit, 20–14.
» May 15, 1911: With the score tied in the 10th inning, Boston's Smoky Joe Wood intentionally walks Ty Cobb, issuing one of two free passes the star will receive all season. Two batters later Jim Delahanty drives in Cobb for Detroit's 5–4 win. With two safeties today, Cobb starts a 40-game hit streak.
» May 19, 1911: Detroit edges the A's 9–8. Ty Cobb chips in with a triple and two runs and starts a DP from center field doubling Frank Baker off first.
» May 20, 1911: The A’s outslug the Tigers, to win 14–12, as Ty Cobb goes 3-for-4 against the winner, Jack Coombs. Coombs, who will end up as the top winner in the AL for the 2nd year in row, was the starter yesterday when the Tigers won. A Coombs pitch in the 1st inning breaks the wrist of Tiger 1B Del Gainor (spelled Gainer in the record books; Gainor in contemporary accounts) effectively ending both the Tigers’ chances this year and Gainor’s promising career (he’ll play part-time through 1922). His replacement, Jack Ness, starts a 1-6 triple play to Donie Bush.
» May 23, 1911: Detroit beats Washington's Walter Johnson, 9–8. Detroit loads the bases in the 8th inning for Ty Cobb, already 3-for-4 with three stolen bases, and Walter Johnson, in relief of Gray, walks him to force in what will be the winning run.
» May 25, 1911: The Tigers lose to Walter Johnson and the Senators, 6–2, although Ty Cobb nicks him for two hits.
» June 3, 1911:
Led by Ty Cobb's three hits, including two triples, the Tigers beat the Senators' ace Walter Johnson, 7–2.
» June 17, 1911: The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of Detroit as Jack Warhop wins, 3–2. Ty Cobb is held to a infield single.
» June 18, 1911: Down 13–1 after five 1/2 innings, the Tigers make up a 12-run deficit to stage the biggest comeback in ML history, defeating the visiting Chicago White Sox by a score of 16–15. Ty Cobb chips in with five hits and five RBIs, as the Tigers score five in the 8th and three runs in the 9th. Cobb scores the winner when Sam Crawford hits a drive over the head of CF Ping Bodie for a double. Reliever Ed Walsh takes the loss with Clarence Mitchell pitching the last two innings to win.
» June 19, 1911: At Detroit's Bennett Field, Ty Cobb singles off Chicago's Irv Young, then scores from first on a single. With his hit, Cobb equals Bill Bradley's AL hit record of 29 straight games set in 1902. Detroit wins 8–5,
» June 20, 1911: Ty Cobb breaks the AL hit streak record with an infield single against Cleveland's Willie Mitchell. It's Cobb's 30th straight game. He adds two stolen bases to help Detroit win, 8–3.
» June 27, 1911:
White Sox ace Ed Walsh shuts out the Tigers, 3–0. Ty Cobb is held to an infield single and then is cut down stealing.
» July 1, 1911:
Ty Cobb, who had an infield single off Earl Hamilton in his last game, on June 29th, repeats by beating out another infield hit against the St. Louis lefty. Again, Detroit wins, this time 8–0.
» July 2, 1911: Detroit pounds out a 14–6 victory over Cleveland as Ty Cobb, hitting in his 40th straight game, has three hits and three runs.
» July 4, 1911: In the morning game between Chicago and Detroit, Ed Walsh stops Ty Cobb's 40-game hitting streak, as the White Sox win, 7–3. Though neither Detroit paper mentions the streak, Cobb has hit .491 since the skein started on May 15th.
» July 12, 1911: In the first inning of a 9–0 win over the Athletics at Detroit, Ty Cobb walks, then on consecutive pitches steals 2B, 3B, and home off lefty Harry Krause. Twice he beats perfect throws by C Ira Thomas. After Cobb reaches on a fielder's choice in the 3rd, Sam Crawford homers. In the 7th, Cobb walks, is bunted to 2B, and scores on a sacrifice fly, knocking the ball out of the hands of the new catcher Paddy Livingston.
» July 13, 1911: In the 9th against the A's, Ty Cobb breaks a 7–7 tie by scoring from first on a Jim Delahanty's single. Cobb runs through coach Hughie Jennings' frantic signal to hold up and using a fadeaway slide eludes the tag of the catcher Ira Thomas. Detroit wins 8–7 to stay in first place.
» August 13, 1911:
Ty Cobb, apparently believing the Tigers can no longer win the pennant race, begins a vacation.
» August 18, 1911: The Tigers whip the Red Sox, 9–4, with Ty Cobb swiping home in the first inning.
» September 7, 1911: The Cubs' Frank Schulte hits his 21st home run and brings in RBI No. 121 as the Cubs sweep the Reds, 3–0 and 4–2; he will lead the National League in both home runs and ribbies. He is the first player to have more than 20 doubles, triples, and home runs in one season. In the American League, Frank Baker's nine home runs will be tops. Ty Cobb hits eight home runs but leads in BA, RBI, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, and stolen bases.
» September 29, 1911: Ty Cobb is fined $100 by the National Commission for playing a Sunday game with a semipro club in New York.
» October 11, 1911: The first MVPs are announced. Using a point system—8 for a first-place vote, seven for 2nd, and so on—the eight voting writers give OF Ty Ty Cobb the maximum 64 points. P Ed Walsh is 2nd, and 2B Eddie Collins 3rd. The NL winner is the Cubs OF Frank "Wildfire" Schulte. Christy Mathewson is 2nd. Winners receive Chalmers automobiles.
» April 20, 1912:
Detroit opens remodeled Navin Park and beats Cleveland 6–5 in 11 innings before 24,384. George Mullin wins his own game with a RBI single. Detroit opens with two double steals in the 1st inning, including Ty Cobb's swipe of home when Sam Crawford takes 2B. Cobb has two singles and two steals today.
» May 1, 1912: Ty Cobb swipes home in the 1st inning and the Tigers go on to beat the White Sox, 6–5.
» May 13, 1912: Hippo Vaughn and the Yankees stop the host Tigers, 15–4. The Tigers score in the first inning when Ty Cobb swipes home.
» May 15, 1912: Ty Cobb charges into the stands in New York and attacks a crippled heckler named Claude Lueker. Other fans and Tigers mix it up before order is restored, and Ban Johnson suspends Cobb indefinitely for the incident.
» May 18, 1912: The Tiger players protest Ty Cobb's suspension and vote to strike. Faced with a $5,000 fine for failing to field a team, club owner Frank Navin orders manager Hugh Jennings to sign up some local amateurs. Al Travers, Bill Leinhauser, Dan McGarvey, Billy Maharg (whose real name was Graham, "Maharg" reversed), Jim McGarr, Pat Meany, Jack Coffey, Hap Ward, and Ed Irvin put on Tiger uniforms. Two Detroit coaches, Joe Sugden, 41, and Jim McGuire, 48, complete the lineup, and score the only two runs for Detroit. The Athletics win 24–2, as Travers goes all the way, giving up 26 hits and 24 runs in eight innings. The only recruit to hit for Detroit is Irvin, who laces two triples in three at bats and closes his ML career with a 2.000 slugging average (only three other players will debut with two triples -— Roy Weatherly, Willie McCovey, and John Sipin). Only one ever plays another ML game: Maharg will bat once for the Phils in 1916. He will also be involved as a conspirator in the Black Sox scandal of 1919. A's starter Jack Coombs leaves after three innings with a 6–0 lead, good enough for a win under the rules at the time. Boardwalk Brown and Herb Pennock divide the rest of the pitching for the A's. Starter Travers, having pitched his only ML game, returns to his studies at St. Joseph's College and later becomes a Catholic priest.
» May 19, 1912: President Ban Johnson meets with the Tigers and tells them they will play in Washington the next day or never again. Urged by Ty Cobb, they go back to work. Cobb is fined $50, and his suspension will be lifted May 26th. Players who had signed the strike telegram sent to Johnson are fined $100 each. A new players' organization will be formed as a result of the incident.
» June 21, 1912: The Indians overcome a swipe of home in the first inning by Ty Cobb to beat the Tigers, 6–2. Fred Blanding is the winner.
» June 22, 1912: Ty Cobb gets pinch hit for. With two outs in the 9th, and the Tigers down 11–3, Cobb is nowhere to be found, and George Mullin substitutes and flies out to end the game. It turns out Cobb is in the clubhouse showering.
» July 4, 1912: Three weeks after the Tigers ask waivers on George Mullin, he pitches himself a 32nd birthday present at Detroit, a 7–0 no-hitter over the Browns. Mullin helps his victory with three hits and two RBIs. In the morning game, a 9–3 Detroit win, Ty Cobb steals 2B, 3B, and home in the 5th inning against the battery of George Baumgardner and Paul Krichell. Cobb has stolen home five times this season; this is his first swipe of home in his last eight successes that didn't occur in the 1st inning.
» July 12, 1912:
At Detroit, the Tigers roll over the Athletics and Harry Krause, 9–0. Ty Cobb swipes home in the 1st inning to start the Tigers off.
» July 19, 1912: Ty Cobb strokes seven hits in a doubleheader to give him a major-league record of 14 in two consecutive twin bills against the Athletics. Bill White will tie Cobb in 1961. Cobb also pummeled them for seven hits on the 17th on his way to collecting an incredible 68 hits for the month, a record.
» July 22, 1912:
Walter Johnson beats Detroit and strikes out the first five batters (Davy Jones, Donie Bush, Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, Charlie Deal) in the game. He then gives up a double to George Moriarty before striking out Baldy Louden.
» August 6, 1912: Inspired in part by the Ty Cobb suspension and the Tigers' brief strike in May, the formation of a Players' Fraternity is announced, headed by attorney and former player Dave Fultz. Leading players include Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Mickey Doolan, and Jake Daubert. The goals are to oppose contract violations, rowdyism, and anything that may "impair a player's ability." At one point, a strike will be called for a Brooklyn attempt to send an obscure player, Harry Kraft, down to Newark, but many teams balk at the strike call, and it is rescinded.
» August 18, 1912: In New York, the Tigers beat the Yankees, 9–4. Ty Cobb steals home in the 1st inning, the 3rd time this season he's swiped home and all in the first inning.
» August 30, 1912: Lefty Earl Hamilton, 22, pitches his only shutout of the year, a no-hitter in the Browns' 5–1 win over Detroit. Ty Cobb scores on an error after a walk.
» September 11, 1912:
In a tumultuous game featuring an attack on an umpire and three ejections, Eddie Collins swipes six bases to pace the A's to a 9–7 win over the Tigers. In the 3rd inning, Ty Cobb foils an intentional walk when he steps across the plate to slap a single. To the dismay of the home crowd, Ump Tommy Connolly calls a foul strike, and manager Hugh Jennings gets tossed for protesting. Collins swipes his 6th base in the 8th inning and, on the front end of a double steal, crosses the plate, but Frank Baker is thrown out at 2B. Baker will reprise his record on the 22nd.
» April 20, 1913: In the Tigers 6–5 win against host Cleveland, Ty Cobb steals home in the first inning. Vean Gregg is on the mound.
» April 25, 1913: Perennial spring training holdout Ty Cobb signs for the 1913 season.
» April 30, 1913:
In Detroit, Ty Cobb is in the lineup for the first time following his holdout, but the White Sox prevail, 6–5, in 12 innings. Ty has a single and RBI.
» May 7, 1913: New York's Ray Keating tosses a one-hitter against the Tigers, allowing just a 2nd inning single to Chas Deal. Ty Cobb strikes out his first two times up, then calls it quits for the day. The Yankees win 6–0.
» May 18, 1913: In Detroit, 25,000 show up to see Walter Johnson battle the Tigers. Washington wins 2–1, with Detroit's only score coming on a Ty Cobb steal of home in the 7th.
» May 20, 1913:
The Tigers edge the A's, 8–7, with Ty Cobb stealing home for the 2nd time in three days. His swipe comes in the 3rd inning.
» July 12, 1913: Philadelphia's Boardwalk Brown walks 15 Tigers in seven 2/3 innings, but staggers to a 16–9 win. Brown has only one walkless inning—the first. Ty Cobb, out for a week with an injured knee, plays 2B for the only time in his career, and makes three errors in his five fielding chances.
» August 25, 1913: Ty Cobb swipes home in the 5th inning to help the Tigers edge the Senators, 6–5.
» September 4, 1913: Cleveland lefty Vean Gregg strikes out Ty Cobb three times in a row, but Cobb doubles in the winning run in the 12th.
» April 25, 1914: Browns catcher Frank Crossin throws out Detroit's Sam Crawford at 2B, and the return throw from Del Pratt nips Ty Cobb at home, for a rare double play on a double steal. The Tigers win anyway 4–0.
» May 18, 1914: In a 2–0 Boston win, Detroit's Ty Cobb is hit in the ribs by a pitch from Boston's Dutch Leonard, but stays in the game. In Cobb's next at-bat, he drags a bunt down the first base line and spikes Leonard when the pitcher tries to field the ball. In a few days, Cobb will leave the lineup because of a broken rib, the result of the pitch.
» May 30, 1914: At St. Louis, the Browns and Tigers combine for just 11 hits in a doubleheader. Detroit's Harry Coveleski tosses a one-hitter in the opener to win, 2–1. The Tigers manage four hits off Earl Hamilton. Carl Weilman then wins for the Browns in the 2nd game, 2–1, outpitching Miles Main. Both pitchers allows just three hits, with Sam Crawford collecting two of the three Bengal bingles. The Tigers miss Ty Cobb, sitting with a cracked rib, who will not return until June 5th.
» June 9, 1914:
With Bob Shawkey on the mound the A's top the Tigers, 7–1. Detroit's only score comes in the 4th when Ty Cobb steals home.
» June 20, 1914:
The Tigers lose the services of Ty Cobb when he breaks his thumb in a fight with a butcher's clerk. Cobb will be out until August 13th.
» July 16, 1914: The Tigers, minus Ty Cobb who is nursing a sore thumb, knock out rookie Babe Ruth in the 4th inning and trip the Red Sox, 5–2. It is Ruth's first loss.
» August 11, 1914:
After missing six weeks, first with broken ribs, then a broken thumb, Ty Cobb signs a new 3-year contract and returns to the lineup. He and Sam Crawford had been offered double their salaries to jump to the Feds. Cobb will get into just 97 games, but he will win another batting crown at .368. Under existing rules his 345 at bats are enough to qualify.
» September 27, 1914:
At Detroit, CF Ty Cobb misplays a bases-loaded single in the 10th by Ray Morgan and four runs score. The Senators win, 6-2.
» January 5, 1915: The Federal League sues organized baseball, claiming it to be an illegal trust and asking that it be dissolved and all contracts voided. The case is filed in U.S. court in Chicago, before Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. He will stall his decision, and peace is declared at the end of the year. The league shifts players to beef up teams in key cities. Benny Kauff, the FL's answer to Ty Cobb, is moved from Indianapolis to Brooklyn.
» April 28, 1915: The Tigers trim the Browns, 12–3 with Ty Cobb stealing home in the 3rd inning. Cobb will steal home six times this season.
» June 4, 1915:
Ty Cobb steals home in the 9th inning of 3–0 Detroit win, the only steal of home that late in a game in his career. Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell is so angry at the safe call he throws his mitt in the air and is promptly ejected by umpire Silk O'Loughlin. It is Cobb's 2nd steal of home while Caldwell is on the mound (the first was on May 12, 1911).
» June 9, 1915:
The 2nd place Tigers paste the Red Sox, 15–0. With lefty Ray Collins on the mound in the 3rd, Ty Cobb swipes home.
» June 18, 1915: Ty Cobb steals home twice in a game against Washington, on the front end of double and triple steals. Both steals come with Joe Boehling on the mound. Bull Henry is the starting catcher, but he leaves in the first inning with a spike wound from Cobb. The 5th-inning steal is with Buff Williams behind the plate. The steals make the difference in the 5–3 Detroit win.
» June 23, 1915: For the 5th time this month, and 6th time this year, Ty Cobb steals home, doing it in a 4–2 Tiger win over the St. Louis Browns. Cobb scores another run when Sam Crawford hits back to Browns P Grover Lowdermilk, who somersaults after catching the grounder and sits on the mound holding the ball. Cobb scores all the way from 2B on the play.
» August 10, 1915: In Washington, Detroit 3B Ossie Vitt is hit by a Walter Johnson fastball and, after being knocked out for five minutes, leaves the game with a concussion. A rattled Johnson then allows four runs in the first inning, two runs on a 2-run homer by George Burns, and another four through the 6th inning to lose (he will be 17–2 at home this year). Ty Cobb, observing Johnson's fear of hitting a batter, will begin crowd the plate on the Washington ace from here on. Cobb will average .435 for the rest of his career against Walter, after topping .222 only once in the previous eight years.
» August 14, 1915: In the first matchup of Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson, the Babe comes away the winner, 4–3. He also goes 2-for-3 and scores a Boston run in the come from behind victory. Ruth is hitting .370, 2nd in the American League behind Ty Cobb.
» September 16, 1915: In the first of important four games series at Fenway Park, the Tigers (90–48) and Red Sox (90-44) square off. Detroit knocks out starter Rube Foster, then rookie reliever Carl Mays keeps throwing at Ty Cobb till he hits the Tiger star on the wrist. Cobb slings his bat at Mays in retaliation, and the crowd reacts by throwing bottles at Cobb. The next inning, Cobb catches a fly ball for the final out and then needs a police escort to leave the field. The Tigers win 6–1.
» September 23, 1915:
In Philadelphia, Detroit's Ty Cobb swipes his 90th base of the year. Only 300 fans are on hand to witness the event.
» October 3, 1915:
In Detroit's 100th win of the year, Ty Cobb steals his 96th base of the season, against Cleveland's catcher Steve O'Neill, for a new ML season record. He also sets a record for times caught stealing with 38. The Tigers win 100 games, the first time a runner-up has reached that mark, and have the top three RBI producers [Sam Crawford (112), Bobby Veach (112), Cobb (99)]. This is first of only two times in the AL that teammates have had the top three RBI spots (1928 Yankees).
» October 5, 1915: In a 5–0 loss to the Indians, Detroit speedster Ty Cobb steals his 96th base. Cobb's 96 steals will stand as the record until 1962 when Maury Wills steals 104 bases.
» May 26, 1916: Despite outfielder Benny Kauff's base running blunders. The New York Giants cruise to 14th straight road win, 12–1 over Boston. Kauff, the Federal League's "Ty Cobb", sets a NL record when he is picked off first base three times, the only 20th century player to do this. Lefty Tyler picks Benny off three times. Sailor Stroud is the winner, picking up his last ML victory.
» July 20, 1916:
The Tigers beat the 2nd place Red Sox, 3–2, in 13 innings when Ty Cobb scores on a Ralph Young single. Cobb reached on an infield chop and a throwing error by Babe Ruth, who took over for Rube Foster in the 9th with the score, 2–2.
» July 31, 1916:
Babe Ruth fires a two hitter, by Ty Cobb and Burns, for a 6–0 win for the first place Red Sox over the Tigers. Ruth adds two hits at the plate.
» August 23, 1916: Ty Cobb goes from 1B to 3B on a teammate's single to LF, then swipes home when A's 3B Charlie Pick holds the ball. Detroit wins 10–3.
» December 8, 1916: The National Commission fines 51 players $25 to $100 for performing in post-season exhibitions. Among the guilty: Babe Ruth, Jack Barry, Duffy Lewis, 10 other Red Sox players, and Ty Cobb.
» March 30, 1917: In an exhibition game in Dallas between the Giants and Tigers, Ty Cobb slides into second bases and slashes Buck Herzog's leg with his spikes. Herzog jumps on Cobb and the two fight fiercely until separated. Herzog challenges Cobb to a fight and says he'll be in Cobb's room at 10 p.m. and both will be accompanied by one teammate. Herzog and Heinie Zimmerman show up, but Cobb has eight teammates on hand. Herzog knocks the Tiger star down with his first punch but Cobb gets up and hammers the New Yorker until the two are finally separated. Cobb refuses to play the remaining games with the Giants, and at the end of the week the New York players send him a postcard: "It's safe to rejoin your club; we've left."
» May 11, 1917: In Detroit, the Red Sox win 2–1 behind Babe Ruth. Ty Cobb leads off Detroit's 9th with a bunt single, and when the next batter grounds out to 3B, Cobb rounds 2B and continues towards third. Ruth, covering 3B, takes the throw and tags out Cobb so viciously that the star is on the ground for two minutes.
» May 31, 1917: Ty Cobb starts a 35-game hitting streak, going 1-for-4 against Ray Caldwell in Detroit's 2–0 win over New York.
» June 18, 1917: Hooks Dauss shuts out the Senators to give the Tigers a 1–0 win, their 3rd straight over Washington. Only one man advances as far as 2B. Nats pitcher Harry Harper gives up the run in the 4th after Ty Cobb walks, steals second (one of his three) aided by a passed ball, a wild pitch, and Sam Crawford's ground out.
» June 30, 1917:
The Tigers split with the host Browns, losing the opener before winning 5–3. Ty Cobb warms up in the first game with two hits, then clocks an opposite field grand slam and a triple in the 2nd game. The slam clears the LF bleachers.
» July 6, 1917: Ty Cobb's hit streak ends at 35 games as White Sox pitchers Red Faber and Jim Scott hold him hitless. His streak began May 31. Cobb holds the AL mark of 40 straight games, set in 1912, but George Sisler will ring up 41 games in 1922.
» July 11, 1917: In Detroit, Boston's Babe Ruth tops the Tigers 1–0, allowing just Donie Bush's scratch single in the 8th. Ruth deflects the ball but the throw by the shortstop is too late. Ruth has a single and triple, but a pinch triple by Chick Shorten in the 9th drives home the only run. Ruth strikes out Bobby Veach, Sam Crawford and Ty Cobb in the 9th; for the last he shakes off catcher and player/manager Carrigan. In early 1942, in a speech in Los Angeles, Ruth will call this game his greatest thrill. [The Babe also relates to writer John Carmichael that his greatest game was the called shot in the World Series of 1932.]
» July 30, 1917: The Tigers Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Ossie Vitt follow each other in the lineup, each going 5-for-5 in a 16–4 win over Washington. Having three players collect five hits ties the major-league record for the century. Cobb also scores five times.
» August 19, 1917: Coaching at 3B in a 1–1 game against Washington, Ty Cobb gives base runner "Tioga" George Burns a shove when Burns stops at 3B on a long hit; Burns keeps going and scores the winning run. Clark Griffith protests, and Ban Johnson upholds him, as the rules now ban coaches from touching a runner. The game is replayed, and Washington wins 2–0.
» August 27, 1917:
At Detroit, Ty Cobb is 3-for-4 to lead the Tigers to a 5–1 win over the Red Sox and lefty Babe Ruth.
» September 3, 1917:
In a twinbill that will resonate for years, the White Sox sweep a pair—4 wins in the last two days— from the Tigers winning, 7–5 and 11–8, while the Yankees sweep a pair from the Red Sox. Chicago now leads the Red Sox by six 1/2 games. Detroit takes the lead in the morning game, driving Red Faber from the mound in the 5th, but Ray Schalk's triple in the 8th seals the win for Chicago. In the afternoon contest, Detroit again chases Faber and scores seven runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to take the lead, but Schalk's three-run homer in the 4th, off Bill James, puts Chicago in a lead they never relinquish. Ed Cicotte takes the p.m. game with six innings of relief, while Lefty Williams pitches three innings of hitless relief to win the a.m. game. The Sox run wild on the bases, stealing seven against Oscar Stanage in the opener and five against Archie Yelle in the 2nd game. The Tigers total 24 hits, just two less than the Sox, in losing Two weeks from now, while staying at the Ansonia Hotel in New York, the White Sox will collect $45 from each player as a gift for the Tigers, allegedly as a gift for beating the Red Sox. But suspicion will linger that some Tigers threw these two critical doubleheaders and Ty Cobb, though he had three hits, will be included in the accusations.
» September 8, 1917: Following yesterday's loss to Chicago, Browns owner Phil Ball accuses his players of laying down on the job because they dislike manager Fielder Jones. SS Doc Lavan and 2B Del Pratt sue him for $50,000 damages for alleged slanderous statements in St. Louis newspapers. Both are in the lineup, however, when Detroit beats the Browns, 1–0 in 12 innings. Ty Cobb triples off the RF fence in the 12th and scores on a sac fly.
» September 22, 1917: In Washington, Walter Johnson fans Ty Cobb in the 1st inning, and then laughs about it. The next time up, in the 3rd with two on, Cobb lashes an inside-the-park homer and Detroit beats the Big Train, 4–3. It is Cobb's only career homer off Johnson.
» September 27, 1917: The Red Sox play a benefit game against an AL all-star team and Babe Ruth and Rube Foster combine for a 2–0 shutout. The AL squad features Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, and Joe Jackson in the outfield. More than $14,000 is raised for the family of sports writer Tim Murnane, who died February 13th. Murnane had played and managed in Boston in the 19th century. Actress Fanny Brice helps sell programs and former heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan coaches 3B for the Sox. Ruth wins the fungo hitting contest with a drive of 402 feet, while Joe Jackson has the longest throw at an impressive 396 feet.
» January 10, 1918:
Acknowledging that Ty Cobb, Speaker, and Collins are all good ball players, Cap Anson picks his all-time team, leaving them off. In the current issue of TSN, Anson selects, C–Buck Ewing and King Kelly; P–Amos Rusie, John Clarkson, Jim McCormick; 1B-himself; 2B–Fred Pfeffer; 3B–Ed Williamson; SS–Ross Barnes; OF–Bill Lange, George Gore, Jimmy Ryan, and Hugh Duffy.
» June 3, 1918:
Boston lefty Hub Leonard pitches his second no-hitter, beating the Tigers' all-right-handed lineup in Detroit 5-0, and allowing just a first-inning walk.
Babe Ruth, playing CF, slugs a first-inning HR, his second in two days. Ty Cobb, out a week with an injured shoulder, pinch-hits in the ninth and fouls out.
» September 1, 1918: The Browns and Tigers finish the season with a doubleheader split in St. Louis as the Cleveland Indians refuse to make the trip for the Labor Day doubleheader. In Game 2, Ty Cobb pitches two innings against the Browns while the Browns' George Sisler pitches one scoreless inning. The Browns win, 6–2, and Sisler hits a double off of Cobb. Detroit wins the opener, 7-2.
» September 20, 1920: Carl Mays stops the Yanks four game loss streak with a 4–3 win over the Browns. Ruth tallies the winning run in the 11th inning for NY, giving the Babe an American League-record 148 runs scored. Ty Cobb had 147 in 1911. Ruth doubled off Carl Weilman in the 11th after striking out twice on slow curves.
» December 18, 1920: On his 34th birthday, Ty Cobb signs to manage the Tigers for $32,500.
» June 13, 1921:
The first pitch to Ruth goes 460 feet into the CF bleachers in the Polo Grounds, the first HR ever hit to that spot. He adds HR number 21 in a 13-8 win over Detroit. He also pitches five innings for the win, giving up four runs, but striking out Ty Cobb. The next day Ruth hits two more HRs, his sixth and seventh in five games, in a 9-6 win.
» August 19, 1921: In game two at Boston, Ty Cobb gets hit No. 3,000, off Boston P Elmer Myers. At 34, he's the youngest ever to do so. Ty has three of the 19 hits that Myers allows. Cole gives up four to win 10–0. Boston takes the opener, 13–8, as Cobb collects three hits.
» September 24, 1921:
Harry Heilmann is 3-for-4 against Walter Johnson, but Washington wins the game over Detroit, 5–1. Ty Cobb is so incense by the umpiring of Billy Evans that he challenges him to a fight. The two future Hall of Famers go at it with Cobb getting the best of Evans. George Hildebrand, the 2nd ump assigned to the game, reports the incident to American League prexy Ban Johnson. When Johnson fails to act, Commissioner Landis steps in and suspends Cobb, but allows him to continue as a non-playing manager.
» October 1, 1921:
At Detroit, the Browns beat the Tigers, 11–6 in 11 innings. Detroit is without Ty Cobb who was suspended for an argument with an ump a week ago in Washington (though Detroit has not played since the 26th). Detroit's Harry Heilmann is 0-for-5 and down to .396. He'll go 1-for-4 tomorrow, but will lead the American League in hitting with a .394 average.
» April 30, 1922: Johnny Mostil, fleet-footed White Sox CF, moves over to LF for the only time in his career, and makes two outstanding catches to save Charlie Robertson's 2–0 perfect game over Detroit. Robertson is the 3rd pitcher in the 20th century to pitch a perfect game. Play is stopped twice after Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann complain that Robertson is doctoring the ball. The losing pitcher is Herman Pillette, whose son Duane will pitch in the American League.
» May 5, 1922:
Pitching against the Tigers, Browns Bill Bayne takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning. Detroit manager Ty Cobb then sends up five straight pinch hitters, the first of whom in the 9th breaks up the no-hitter. One of the pinch hitters Cobb inserts is Bob Fothergill, who bats for Cobb and strikes out, but becomes the only man ever to pinch hit for the Georgia Peach. The Browns win, 6–1.
» May 15, 1922: In a 4–1 win at New York, Ty Cobb beats out a grounder to SS Everett Scott. Veteran writer Fred Lieb scores it a hit in the box score he files with the Associated Press. But official scorer John Kieran of the New York Tribune gives an error to Scott. At the season's end, the American League official records, based on AP box scores, list Cobb at .401. New York writers complain unsuccessfully, claiming it should be .399, based on the official scorer's stats. Lieb will reverse himself at the end of the year, but Ban Johnson goes with the hit call.
» May 29, 1922:
The Browns top Detroit, 9–6, paced by Ken Williams grand slam in the 3rd inning. Harry Heilmann and Ty Cobb get into an argument with the umpires and will be suspended, missing tomorrow's twinbill.
» May 30, 1922:
Playing without Heilmann and Ty Cobb, the Tigers down the Browns, 6–5 in the A.M. game. The Browns Urban Shocker then allows just one run in 14 1/3 innings before he and Tobin are tossed out of the game for protesting umpire Owens ball and strike calls. Tobin's argument gets him a week's suspension. The Browns win, 2–1, in the 16th on catcher Pat Collins single. Hub Pruett picks up the win, striking out four of the last five batters.
» July 17, 1922: At Boston, Ty Cobb gets five hits (and a walk) in a game for the 4th time this year, setting an American League mark. His previous 5-hit contests were on May 7th, July 7th, and July 12th. Only Willie Keeler has done it before. The Tigers roar, 16–7. overcoming a 5–0 deficit after one inning.
» September 13, 1922: The Browns announce that George Sisler has severely strained ligaments and cannot lift his right arm over his head. He might be out for the remainder of the season, jeopardizing the Browns' pennant chances and Sisler's 39-game hitting streak. Ironically, the injury occurred when Sisler tried to catch a throw on a hit by Ty Cobb, whose streak he is trying to break. Without Sisler, the Browns rally to beat the Tigers, 8–6. Jacobson, playing 1B, makes two errors.
» September 16, 1922: Pennant fever rages in St. Louis, as the Yankees come to town with a half-game lead. Bob Shawkey outpitches Urban Shocker 2–1, as Sisler ties Ty Cobb's 1911 record by hitting in his 40th straight game. While chasing a fly ball in the 9th, New York OF Whitey Witt is hit in the head and knocked cold by a soda bottle thrown from the bleachers. Ban Johnson will initially offer a $1,000 reward for the name of the bottle-thrower. Then, to calm the crowds, the American League offers the theory that Witt stepped on the bottle and it flew up and hit him. The incident leads to a ban on the sale of bottled drinks in ballparks.
» September 21, 1922: The American League reinstates the MVP award, last given in 1914, appointing a committee of one writer from each city, headed by I.E. Sanborn of the Chicago Tribune. As a player-manager, Ty Cobb is not eligible, and the trophy goes to George Sisler. The National League will pick up the idea two years later.
» November 1, 1922: Former A's C Ira Thomas buys the Shreveport club in the Texas League for $75,000. Other former players who own pieces of minor league clubs include Ty Cobb (Augusta), Eddie Collins (Baltimore), and George Stallings (Rochester).
» December 14, 1922:
Still smarting over the rejection of the official scorer's decision in the Ty Cobb case, the national baseball writers' group meets and votes to back the New York group's protest. Fred Lieb, who had filled in the AP box score giving Cobb the disputed hit, asks Ban Johnson to revise the records to .399 for Cobb. Johnson complains of not receiving box scores from some writers, who are appointed by the clubs as official scorers.
» May 18, 1923: At Detroit, former Tiger pitcher, Howard Ehmke pitches his Boston Red Sox team to a 6-2 victory in 10 innings. Ty Cobb is 0-for-3 and caps the day with a heated argument (under the grandstand), reportedly because Ehmke hit him with a pitch.
» May 25, 1923: Ty Cobb scores his 1,741st run, passing Honus Wagner's record.
» October 2, 1923: In a 7–5 Detroit win over the White Sox, Harry Heilmann goes 2-for-2 to put his average over .400. He will sit for the rest of the season, except for a pinch single on the final day, and will win the batting title with a .403 average. Ty Cobb helps out today with a steal of home in the 7th inning, his first steal of home in more than three years.
» August 2, 1924:
A's 1B Joe Hauser sets an AL record when he hits 3 HRs and a double for 14 total bases. It'll be broken
by Ty Cobb's 16 total bases on May 5, 1925.
» August 10, 1924:
Ty Cobb steals 2B once, 3B twice, and home once in the Tigers' 13-7 win over Boston that puts them on top in the AL, as the Indians beat the Yankees 7-1.
» May 5, 1925: Ty Cobb is 6-for-6, including three home runs, in Detroit's 14–8 win over the Browns. All three homers are off different pitchers. Cobb's 16 total bases tops Joe Hauser's 14 of August 2, 1924 and sets a new American League record.
» May 6, 1925: Ty Cobb belts two more homers, off Dave Danforth and Chester Falk, giving him five round trippers in two days, tying Cap Anson's 1884 feat. His 1st inning single gives him nine straight hits, and two other drives in the game are barely caught. His six RBIs lead the Tigers to a 11–4 clawing of the Browns. Mickey Cochrane hits his 1st ML home run, off Sam Jones.
» May 26, 1925: In the Tigers' 8–1 win over the White Sox, Ty Cobb becomes the first to collect 1,000 career extra- base hits. He will finish with 1,139.
» August 29, 1925:
The city of Detroit gives a dinner for Ty Cobb honoring his 20 years in a Tiger uniform. He's given a trophy by the city and $10,000 by the club.
» October 4, 1925: Harry Heilmann gets six hits in Detroit's doubleheader sweep over the Browns, 10–4 and 11–6, to edge out teammate Ty Cobb for the batting crown, .393 to .389. Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time. In the 2nd game, the final game of the season, managers George Sisler of the Browns and Ty Cobb of the Tigers both pitch in relief in for the two clubs, won by Detroit 11–6. Cobb is perfect in his one inning, while Sisler holds the Tigers scoreless in two.
» July 23, 1926:
Detroit and Washington take the unheard of time of two hours and 40 minutes to play nine innings. Detroit's 19 hits give them a 9-6 win, but much of the
time is consumed by manager Ty Cobb's arguing over a balk call, then trying to have a heckling fan removed from the stands.
» November 3, 1926: Ty Cobb resigns as Tigers manager and announces his retirement from the game. American League umpire and former Tigers IF George Moriarty replaces him. Moriarty is the only man to hold baseball's four principal jobs: player, umpire, scout, and manager.
» November 29, 1926: Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager. Stories of a thrown game and betting on games by Ty Cobb and Speaker gain momentum when Judge Landis holds a secret hearing with the two stars and former pitcher-OF Joe Wood. The story and testimony will not be released until December 21st. Former Tiger P Dutch Leonard wrote to Harry Heilmann that he had turned over letters written to him by Joe Wood and Ty Cobb to American League president Ban Johnson, implicating Wood and Cobb in betting on a Tiger-Cleveland game played in Detroit, September 25, 1919. He charged that Cobb and Speaker conspired to let Detroit win to help them gain 3rd-place money. At a secret meeting of AL directors, it was decided to let Cobb and Speaker resign with no publicity. But, as rumors spread, Judge Landis takes charge of the matter and holds the hearings, at which Leonard refuses to appear. Cobb and Wood admit to the letters, but say it was a horse racing bet, and contend Leonard is angry for having been released to the Pacific Coast League by Cobb. Speaker, not named in the letters, denies everything. Public sympathy is with the stars, but the matter will remain unresolved until January of next year.
» January 27, 1927: Citing accuser Dutch Leonard's refusal to appear at the hearings of January 5th, Judge Landis issues a lengthy decision clearing Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker of any wrongdoing and ordering them reinstated by their teams. Both are then made free agents. Connie Mack will sign Cobb on February 8th. Speaker will sign with Washington on January 31st for a reported $35,000. The Tribe has already chosen Jack McAllister as manager.
» April 26, 1927:
Forty-year-old Ty Cobb has 3 hits, drives in the
winning run, and steals home in the 7th inning. He
tops that off with a 9th-inning shoestring catch in
shallow RF and then traps the runner off first for
an unassisted DP to end the game. The A's win a 9-8
squeaker over Boston. Cobb also stole home on April
19th in a 3-1 win over Washington.
» May 11, 1927:
In Detroit, it is Ty Cobb Day and more than 30,000 pay to see the former Tiger manager in his first appearance at Navin Field in an A's uniform. With Eddie Collins on base in the first inning, Cobb drives a double into the overflow crowd to start the A's to a 6–3 win. Lefty Grove is the victor.
» May 13, 1927: With a bunt in the 3rd inning, Ty Cobb stretches his hit streak to 14 games as the A's pound the Tigers, 10–3. Howard Ehmke holds Detroit to six hits. Eddie Collins is 1-for-2 with four walks, and Al Simmons has a homer, double and single for the A's.
» May 19, 1927: White Sox players give their former manager Eddie Collins a wristwatch and diamond stickpin on his return to Chicago with the A's, then win 3–0 behind Tommy Thomas' 6th straight win. In addition to new Sox manager Ray Schalk, there are three ex-Sox managers present: the A's Eddie Collins and Kid Gleason, and umpire Clarence Rowland. Another ex-manager, Ty Cobb of the Tigers, hits in his 19th straight game.
» June 7, 1927:
At Philadelphia, the Browns outhit the A's 18–14, but lose 11–9. Both starters Rube Walberg and Milt Gaston are knocked out in the 3rd, but when Gaston is lifted he bypasses to dugout and leaps into the stands to punch a spectator who has been riding him. The police escort him from the field. Ty Cobb has three runs and a stolen base for the A's, while George Sisler has three steals and is 4-for-4 for the Browns.
» June 11, 1927: After five wins in a row, the A's lose to the Tigers, 5–4. Despite Lefty Grove being lifted for a pinch hitter in the 8th, for the 9th inning the Philadelphia Athletics field a team of seven Hall of Famers. The outfield consists of Ty Cobb in right, Al Simmons in center and Zack Wheat in left. At 1B Jimmie Foxx, while at 2B. Cy Perkins started as catcher batting seventh, but when Mickey Cochrane pinch-hit for him in the last inning, seven Cooperstown-bound players were in the lineup. On May 24th of next year, the A's will again field seven HOFers and combine with the Yanks to showcase 13 Hall of Famers.
» July 18, 1927:
The Philadelphia A's Ty Cobb makes his 4,000th hit, a double off Sam Gibson of Detroit. Detroit wins 5-3 over Lefty Grove.
» May 3, 1928: Ty Cobb hits the 700th double of his career while his Athletics lose to the Red Sox, 3–1.
» May 24, 1928: In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, a major-league record 13 future Hall of Famers take the field as the first-place Yankees take on the 2nd-place A's. This number does not include non-playing Hall of Famers Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski, managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack, nor umpires Tom Connally and Bill McGowan. [HOFs: Earle Combs, Leo Durocher, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, and Waite Hoyt for New York; Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Eddie Collins, Lefty Grove, and Jimmie Foxx for the A's.] Led by Lazzeri's three hits and six RBIs, the Yanks edge the A's, 9–7, handing the defeat to Lefty Grove. The A's win the nitecap, 5–2, behind rookie Ossie Orwell.
» June 15, 1928:
Ty Cobb, 41 years old, steals home for the 50th and final time in his 24-year career to extend his major-league record. It comes in the eighth against the Indians. In a 12-5 Tiger win, Veach, Crawford and Cobb team up for a triple steal.
» June 22, 1928:
Journeyman hurler Hank Johnson of the Yankees blanks the star-studded Athletics 4-0. In the game for Connie Mack's team are Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker, and Lefty Grove.
» June 28, 1928:
Babe Ruth slugs two HRs to lead the Yankees to a 10-4 victory over the Athletics, and Ty Cobb appears in his 3,000th career game.
» September 3, 1928: The A's are set back as the Senators stop them twice, 6–1 and 5–4. Bump Hadley wins the opener, scattering six hits and striking out 8. Ty Cobb makes the last of his 4,191 hits, the 724th double of his career, as an A's pinch hitter in the 9th inning against Hadley. In the nitecap, Garland Braxton is the winner over George Earnshaw.
» September 11, 1928: In the Yankees 5–3 win at the Stadium, Ty Cobb makes his last appearance as a batter, popping out against Yankee Hank Johnson to SS Mark Koenig as a pinch hitter in the 9th. Babe Ruth's two run clout, off Lefty Grove in the 8th, seals the win for New York. The Bronx Bombers seal the fate of the A's with their 4th straight win over the Quakers, leaving the Mackmen in 2nd place, two 1/2 games back.
» April 21, 1929:
Detroit P Earl Whitehill hits his first ML home run, off Browns reliever Herb Ty Cobb, to help himself to a 16–9 win. Whitehill will hit two more homers this year, then just one more in his career.
» May 1, 1929: The first-place Athletics score eight runs off Milt Gaston in the first two innings enroute to a 24–6 pasting of the Red Sox. Lefty Grove is the easy winner, exiting after five innings. Jimmie Foxx has a pair of homers and Al Simmons has five hits, including a double and homer. The 24 runs matches a franchise record set in the Ty Cobb protest game in 1912, and the 29 hits sets a franchise mark.
» February 2, 1936: The baseball writers vote for the first players to be named to the new Baseball Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson each receive the requisite 75 percent of ballots cast. Active players also are eligible in this first election, with Rogers Hornsby finishing 9th, Mickey Cochrane 10th, Lou Gehrig 15th, and Foxx 19th. Tainted former star Hal Chase receives 11 votes for 25th place, and Joe Jackson has two votes to tie for 36th place.
» June 12, 1939:
The greatest gathering of members and future inductees of the Baseball Hall of Fame assembles in Cooperstown, NY, for the dedication of the museum. A six-inning game at Doubleday Field presents lineups studded with players who will be elected in the future, as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Grover Alexander, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, and Connie Mack accept their plaques.
» May 3, 1942: The Tigers edge the A's, 8–7 in Game One of a twinbill. Rudy York, who clouted two homers yesterday, hits two more in the opener, one short of Ty Cobb's American League record for two straight games. Phil Marchildon allows two hits in game two to stop the Tigers, 1–0.
» September 22, 1947:
Stan Musial collects his 5th hit in a game for the
5th time in one season, tying Ty Cobb's all-time record.
Musial hits a HR, a double, and 3 singles against
the Boston Braves.
» April 11, 1950: The Texas League opener between Dallas and Tulsa is staged in the Cotton Bowl. The Dallas starters taking the field include Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Tris Speaker, Dizzy Dean, Travis Jackson, Frank Baker, Charlie Gehringer as well as Duffy Lewis and Dallas manager, Charlie Grimm, the two non-Hall of Famers. After Dean throws one pitch, the squad is replaced by the regular Dallas Eagles team. 53,578 fans, the largest paid crowd (since surpassed) in minor-league history, cheer.
» July 30, 1951: Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes "peons" of baseball players. National Association President George Trautman testifies, denying that minors hampered independent teams.
» July 31, 1954:
Using a borrowed bat, Dodger killer Joe Adcock hits 4 HRs and a double for 18 total bases in the Braves'
15-7 victory at Ebbets Field. The 18 total bases
is a major-league mark and, combined with the seven total bases from the day before, gives him a 2-day tally of 25. The 2-game total ties him with Ty Cobb.
» July 23, 1959: With Ty Cobb in the stands, the Tigers make 15 hits to beat the Senators, 11–2. Harvey Kuenn, the American League's leading hitter, is 4-for-4 and scores four runs. Bunning allows four hits to win.
» September 16, 1960:
17th With Ty Cobb among the 49,055 fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle cracks a 2-run homer, his 35th, off the O's Chuck Estrada to give New York a 2–0 lead in the first. Berra adds a home run. In the last of the 8th, Bobby Richardson's hit off Estrada's glove drives in two runs for a 5–3 New York win.
» April 27, 1961: The Angels draw a disappointing crowd of 11,931 for their home opener against the Twins at LA Wrigley Field. Ty Cobb, in his last appearance at a ball park, throws out the first ball. The Twins Camilo Pascual spoils the opener by winning 4–2, sending the Angels to their 8th loss in nine games.
» July 17, 1961: Following a year-long illness, Ty Cobb succumbs to cancer at age 74 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
» July 18, 1961: Bill White and the Cards continue to beat up on the Cubs, sweeping 8–3 and 7–5. White goes 3-for-4 in each game and ties Ty Cobb's 49-year-old record of 14 hits in consecutive twin bills.
» September 2, 1962: Stan Musial's 3,516th hit jumps him over Tris Speaker and into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb, but the Mets beat the Cards 4–3. Although The Man will continue on to 3,630 hits, he cannot overtake Cobb and, in time, Pete Rose and Hank Aaron will surpass him as well.
» September 23, 1962: A 12–2 Dodger loss at St. Louis is enlivened by Maury Wills, who ties Ty Cobb's long-standing ML single-season record of 96 steals by swiping 2B after singling in the 3rd, and breaks it with a repeat performance in the 7th.
» July 16, 1969: After White Sox lefty Jerry Nyman walks in a run with the bases loaded, Rod Carew steals home for the 7th time, as the American League-West leading Twins sweep a twin bill, winning 9–8 and 6–3 from the White Sox. Carew ties Pete Reiser's major-league record for steals of home in a season, a record since given back to Ty Cobb (8 steals in 1912) in 1991 after further research.
» September 15, 1971:
At Houston, the Braves win, 4–2, as Aaron belts his 44th homer of the year. The RBI is his 1,954th, tying him with Ty Cobb for 3rd place on the all-time list. In the 9th inning, Larry Yount is announced as the new pitcher for Houston. While taking his warmup pitches, Yount injures his arm and must be replaced in what proves to be his only ML appearance. Larry's brother Robin Yount will begin a more successful ML career in 1974.
» August 29, 1977: The Cardinals Lou Brock steals two bases in a 4–3 loss to the Padres. It is career steal 893 for Brock, breaking Ty Cobb's modern record.
» September 24, 1979: Pete Rose singles in the Phillies 7–2 loss to the Cardinals, giving him 200 hits in a season for the 10th time. He breaks the major-league record of nine formerly held by Ty Cobb. Rose hits safely in his 18th straight game, and will extend it to 23 by the end of the season.
» September 30, 1980: A's OF Rickey Henderson sets the AL single-season stolen base record with his 97th in a 5–1 win over the White Sox, breaking Ty Cobb's record of 96 set in 1915. Henderson will finish the season with 100 stolen bases.
» May 25, 1981:
Carl Yastrzemski plays in his 3,000th ML game, scoring the winning run in Boston's 8–7 triumph over Cleveland. Yaz joins Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron as the only major leaguers to appear in 3,000 games.
» January 13, 1982: Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in their first year of eligibility. Aaron falls nine votes shy of becoming the first-ever unanimous selection, and his 97.8 election percentage is 2nd only to Ty Cobb's 98.2 percent in the inaugural 1936 election.
» June 20, 1982: Phillies Pete Rose plays in his 3,000th ML game (a 3–1 loss to the Pirates), joining Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, and Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to reach that plateau.
» July 27, 1982: Against California, Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals his 95th base but gets caught stealing three times in an 8–7, 13 inning California win. Not since 1916, has an American Leaguer been thrown out three times in a game. Rickey will be thrown out 42 times this year, breaking the mark of 38 caught steals set by Ty Cobb in 1915. Bob Boone, who is behind the plate, homers for the Angels. Reggie Jackson and Brian Downing homer and Jax adds two doubles.
» September 27, 1983: Tim Raines becomes the first player since Ty Cobb to steal 70 bases and drive in 70 runs in the same season, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a stolen base, and four RBI in Montreal's 10–4 win over St. Louis.
» April 13, 1984: Pete Rose lashes a double off Jerry Koosman in a 5–1 Expos victory over the Phillies to join Ty Cobb as the only player to reach 4,000 career hits.
» June 25, 1984: At Yankee Stadium, Dave Winfield hits five singles and drives in four runs to lead New York to a 7–3 win over Detroit. Ron Guidry (6-5) is the beneficiary of Winfield's hitting. Dave is now hitting .750 against Detroit this year. Winfield has three five-hit games this month, tying a record set by Ty Cobb.
» July 27, 1984: Pete Rose collects his 3,053rd career single off Steve Carlton in the 7th inning of Montreal's 6–1 win over Philadelphia, passing Ty Cobb as baseball's all-time singles king.
» September 25, 1984:
At Shea, the Mets Rusty Staub homers to become the second player to homer as a teenager and also at the age of 40. Ty Cobb is the only other. Staub's blast, a 2-run pinch homer climaxes a 4-run 9th inning as the Mets beat Philly, 6–4.
» September 11, 1985: Pete Rose becomes baseball's all-time hit leader, singling to left center off Eric Show in the first inning of the Reds' 2–0 win over San Diego. His 4,192nd career hit breaks Ty Cobb's record before 47,237 fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. Rose had tied the record at Wrigley Field on September 8th with a single off the Cubs' Reggie Patterson in a game that was later suspended due to darkness, enabling Rose to break the record at home.
» January 9, 1989: Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in their first year of eligibility. Bench was named on 96.4 percent of the ballots, the 3rd-highest figure in history behind Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron.
» July 2, 1989: Brewers OF Robin Yount, 33, collects his 2,500th hit in a 10–2 win over the Yankees. Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Aaron, and Mel Ott are the only players to reach that milestone at a younger age.
» May 29, 1990: Rickey Henderson steals his 893rd career base in Oakland's 2–1 loss to the Blue Jays, surpassing Ty Cobb as the American League's all-time leader. Lou Brock's mark of 938 is next.
» July 25, 1991: A jersey once worn by Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle is sold for $71,500 at an auction in Manhattan. A Ty Cobb tobacco card brings in $62,700.
» August 4, 1993: OF Tony Gwynn of the Padres gets six hits in SD's 11-10 win over the Giants. It is the 4th time this season he has five or more hits in a game, tying a major league record set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897, and equaled by Ty Cobb and Stan Musial.
» April 24, 1996: Twins' manager Tom Kelly apologizes to the fans after his team wallops the host Tigers 24–11, the highest score rung up on Detroit since their loss in 1912 when the team boycotted over the suspension of Ty Cobb and a sub team was hastily cobbled together. Greg Myers and Paul Molitor each drives in five runs as Minnesota scores against all seven Tiger pitchers they face. The 35 runs is the most today as major league teams total 195 runs, the most this century. The average game total of 13.9 runs tops the record of 13.6 set on July 12, 1931.
» May 13, 1997: Eddie Murray gets two hits in Anaheim's 8-7 win over the White Sox. The game is the 3,000th of Murray's career, making him only the 6th player in history to reach that mark. Pete Rose, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb, and Stan Musial are the others.
» April 28, 1998:
OF Tony Gwynn leads San Diego to a 7–3 win over the Cubs as he strokes five hits, including a home run, scores three runs, and drives home 2. It is his 9th game of five or more hits (one 6-hit game) placing him 3rd on the all-time list behind Ty Cobb (14) and Rose (10).
» August 31, 1998: Oakland OF Rickey Henderson scores the 2,000th run of his career in the Athletics' 15–6 loss to Cleveland. He joins Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, and Willie Mays as the only players to reach the milestone.
» September 17, 1998:
Red Huff, the oldest ex-major leaguer, dies at the age of 107. Huff pitched for the Yankees and Browns in 1911–13 and 1915 and struck out the first batter he ever faced—Ty Cobb.
» November 13, 1998: Babe Ruth hits new heights today: $126,500. That is the price paid for the ball he hit in 1923 for the first home run in Yankee Stadium. Mark Scala found the Ruth ball two years ago in the attic of his grandmother's house. The bid was $110,000 and the total price includes the auction house's 15 percent commission. Two year ago, the ball Eddie Murray hit for his 500th home run was sold for what one day could be $500,000. Michael Lasky, the founder of the Psychic Friends Network, paid $280,000 that was put in an annuity to be paid over 20 years. With interest, the annuity will be worth about $500,000, according to a spokesman for Lasky, who also operates as syndicated handicapper Mike Warren. The previous record for an auctioned baseball was $93,500 for the ball that went through Bill Buckner's legs in the 1986 World Series. That ball was bought by actor Charlie Sheen in 1992. Other auctioned items include: the bat Pete Rose used for his 4,191st hit, which tied Ty Cobb's career record, was sold by an unidentified Rose associate for $21,096; an autographed ball from President Franklin Roosevelt that he used to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the 1941 season opener at Griffith Stadium sold for $17,255, and a personal check signed Henry Louis Lou Gehrig sold for $15,306.
» September 27, 1999: With each of the Tigers wearing the uniform numbers of all-time Detroit players at their position (OF Gabe Kapler, standing in for Ty Cobb, wears no number) the Tigers defeat the Royals, 8-2, in the last game ever played at Tiger Stadium. Rob Fick's grand slam in the 8th brings the capacity crowd of 43,356 to its feet. Luis Polonia and Karim Garcia also homer as Brian Moehler beats Jeff Suppan.
» August 8, 2001: Tigers P Nate Cornejo makes his ML debut against Rangers P Joaquin Benoit. It is the first time since August 21, 1990, that both starting pitchers are making their big league debuts. The Tigers tie a modern major-league record by scoring 13 runs in the 9th inning to snap a 6–6 tie and roll, 19–6. Damion Easley gets six hits, including two in the 9th, to tie an AL and team record, last done by Ty Cobb. The Tigers tie the modern major league record, for the 9th inning, with 13 runs. The all time record for the 9th frame is 14, by the Baltimore Orioles (NL version), against Boston, on April 24, 1894. The winning pitcher is former Ranger Danny Patterson, who faces one batter in the 8th.
» September 24, 2001:
Larry Walker is 4-for-4 with two homers to pace the Rockies to a 15–11 win over the Padres. Todd Helton hits his 44th and drives in 4, and Juan Uribe has four hits, as the Rockies score in all eight innings they go to bat. The Pads Rickey Henderson is 4-for-5 with three runs scored, leaving him three shy of Ty Cobb's runs record.