Ty Cobb did not make a lot of friends. In fact, most players hated Cobb. Fans did not like him much either. Today, we would say that Cobb was not "fan friendly"!
Nevertheless, he started his playing career 100 years ago today.
Love him or hate him, what can you say about a guy with a .367 lifetime batting average? All you can say is awesome.
This is a list of interesting items from the Cobb web site:
He has the highest lifetime batting average (.367) for any National Baseball Hall of Fame member.
Ty Cobb is second on the all-time hit list behind Pete Rose.
Ty Cobb stole home more than anyone else (50).
He won more batting average titles than any other person (12).
In 1936, he became the first player ever selected to the Hall of Fame.
Cobb turned out to be a very wise investor in real estate, securities, and an auto dealership. His best investment was in a Atlanta-based soft drink company, Coca-Cola.
MLB has a nice story on Cobb's debut 100 years ago:
Cobb's year by year statistics:
Two most underrated hitters? Gwynn and Aaron. They were quiet producers in small market teams.
The best complete player? The gold standard for a 5 tool player? My vote goes to Willie Mays. He was the most exciting player because he could hit, run, hit for power, hit in the clutch and second to none in centerfield.
P.S. Check out the official Cobb web site: http://www.cmgworldwide.com/baseball/cobb/
Sporting News has published some Ty Cobb letters:
More on Ty Cobb's career: http://ngeorgia.com/people/cobbt.html