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Ty Cobb

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Ty Cobb

 

Ty Cobb is widely believed to be one of—if not the—greatest hitter who ever lived.

He led the American League in batting average in 12 separate seasons and finished his career with an absurd .367 batting average.

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Ty Cobb is widely believed to be one of—if not the—greatest hitter who ever lived.

He led the American League in batting average in 12 separate seasons and finished his career with an absurd .367 batting average.

Only a soothsayer could've predicted that after his rookie season.

In 41 games with the Detroit Tigers, Cobb hit just .240 while striking out more than twice as often as he walked. 

His .288 OBP and .300 slugging percentage were similarly uninspiring. 

But the very next season, his batting averaged climbed to .316. 

He dominated baseball for the next two decades. His career batting average of .367 is still an MLB record, as are his 54 successful attempts at stealing home. 

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