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Essay on Ty Cobb

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Ty Cobb

Although often overshadowed in baseball history by Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb is considered by many sports enthusiasts to be the greatest player to ever play the game of baseball. Tyrus Raymond Cobb, was born December 18, 1886 in Banks County in Narrows, Georgia. He quickly gained much notoriety for his great skill in baseball and eventually earned a position with the Detroit Tigers at the age of nineteen, after playing for several semi-pro and Sally league teams. Cobb compiled twelve batting titles, a .367 career average, and totaled 4191 hits (second all-time) in a career that spanned twenty-two years (1905-1928). With these and other superb achievements, Ty was inducted as the first member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
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Young Ty decided to defy his father’s future plans for him and try his luck at becoming a professional baseball player.
There really was no doubt that the unrefined boy could accomplish his dreams because he was such a hard worker. Cobb had to call up his resolute father and convince him of leaving Georgia to try out for a semi-pro team in Anniston, Alabama.
With this approval and ultimatum for success from a man that Ty admired so greatly, he seemingly needed no more motivation and determination to achieve his dream of playing in the major leagues. But, Ty Cobb would receive much more cause to excel. Unfortunately, the motivation would stem from the murder of his role model, W.H. Worsening the fact that Ty lost a great friend and role model was that his mother was accused of committing the crime. As the story goes, rumors spread around town about the infidelity of Amanda Cobb. W.H. devised a plan to spy on Amanda during one night when he said he would be out of town on business. W.H. climbed on the roof of the house and through an upper level window into Amanda’s bedroom. Supposedly, it was there where Amanda shot Mr. Cobb.
Nevertheless, Amanda was later acquited, but the loss of his father formed in Cobb a sense of urgency and purpose to his life. After this tragic misfortune, Cobb began playing baseball with a hellbent attitude. Cobb would not take no for an
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