On July 18, 1927, baseball great Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb recorded his 4,000 hit in an away game against his old team, the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers beat the Philadelphia Athletics 5-3. The pitch was thrown by right handed pitcher, Sam Gibson who spent five years playing Major League Baseball.
Cobb started playing for the Tigers in 1905 at the age of 18 and stayed with the team until after the 1926 season. He transferred to the Athletics to play the last two seasons of his hall of fame career which ended in 1928 at the age of 41. At the end of his career he totaled 4,189 hits. He obtained of those 248 hits in 1911, his MVP year. He also accumulated almost 2,000 runs batted in. He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 but did not have his induction ceremony for another three years.
The name “Georgia Peach” was given to Cobb because he spent the first 18 years of his life in Georgia. As a child he was urged to study by his father who held a number of different positions dealing with academics that ranged from a teacher to the county school commissioner. He became one of the greatest baseball players and some critics go on to say he was the greatest. He even kept the record of most runs scored until the mid-1980’s when Pete Rose took the title.
Sports writer, Grantland Rice wrote, “He had a temperature of 103 and the doctors ordered him to bed for several days, but he got three hits, stole three bases, and won the game. Afterward he collapsed at the bench.”