Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (December 18, 1886 - July 17, 1961), nicknamed "The Georgia Peach," was an American outfielder in baseball born in Narrows , Georgia . After one season in the minor leagues, he began his 24-season major league career with the Detroit Tigers of the American League (AL) in 1905. He played 22 seasons for the Tigers and was their player-manager for last 6, until 1926. He was released by the Tigers in early 1927 but quickly signed with the Philadelphia Athletics, and played two more seasons. He retired following the 1928 season.
Cobb is widely credited with setting 90 Major League Baseball records during his career. He still holds several records as of 2010, including the highest career batting average (.366) and most career batting titles with 11 (or 12, depending on source). He retained many other records for almost a half century or more, including most career hits until 1985 (4,189 or 4,191, depending on source), most career runs (2,245 or 2,246 depending on source) until 2001, most career games played (3,035) and at bats (11,429 or 11,434 depending on source) until 1974, and the modern record for most career stolen bases (892) until 1977. He committed 271 errors in his career, the most by any American League outfielder. In 1936, Cobb received the most votes of any player on the inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, receiving 222 out of a possible 226 votes.
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