Ty Cobb Mural
Royston, GA (Franklin County) Copyright 2007 D. Nelson
Baseball legend Ty Cobb was born in nearby Banks County, GA, in 1886. His father was into warfare and named his son after the Phoenician city of Tyre where Alexander The Great did battle in 332 BC.
Ty Cobb started out his baseball career as a member of the Royston Rompers, the Royston Reds and the Augusta Tourists. He joined the Anniston Steelers (Alabama/Tennessee) in 1904 after being cut by the Tourists. He played for the Steelers for $ 50 a month until heavy self-promotion resulted in his being hired back by the Tourists; in 1905 he was sold to the Detroit Tigers for somewhere around $ 600 (bargain!). In August of that year, his mother shot his father dead - imagine that! A case of mistaken identity/self defense, she was cleared a year later. According to Cobb, the early death of his father made him the ferocious player he became known to be, always trying to please his late father.
Nicknamed "The Georgia Peach", Cobb is one of the greatest baseball players of all times. At the time of his retirement in 1928, he held 90 baseball records of which he still holds several today. Cobb's legacy as an athlete has sometimes been overshadowed by his surly temperament, passionate racism and aggressive reputation which was described by the Detroit Free Press as "daring to the point of dementia."
Cobb was diagnosed with cancer and other diseases in 1959 and died at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on July 17, 1961. He checked into the hospital for that last time with a paper bag containing $ 1 million worth of bonds and a Luger pistol. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Royston.
Games: 3,035 At bat: 11,429 Runs: 2,245 Hits: 4,191 Doubles: 723 Triples: 297 Home runs: 117 RBIs: 1,938 Stolen bases: 892 Base on balls: 1,249 Strikeouts: 357 BA: .367 SLG: .513 Total Bases: 5,859 Sacrifice hits: 295 Hit by pitch: 94