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All Time Hit Leader – 1973 Topps # 471

Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb(December 18, 1886 – July 17, 1961), was an American Major League Baseball outfielder. He was born in Narrows, Georgia. Cobb spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, the last six as the team’s player-manager, and finished his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. Cobb is widely regarded as one of the best players of all time. 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. Cobb is widely credited with setting 90 Major League Baseball records during his career. He still holds several records as of 2012, including the highest career batting average of .367 and most career batting titles with 11. He retained many other records for almost a half century or more, including most career hits until 1985 with 4,191 and most career runs of 2,246 until 2001, most career games played with 3,035 and at bats of 11,434 until 1974, and the modern record for most career stolen bases with 892 until 1977. He committed 271 errors in his career, the most by any American League outfielder.


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