Ty Cobb — American Athlete born on December 18, 1886, died on July 17, 1961

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb, nicknamed "The Georgia Peach", was an American Major League Baseball outfielder. He was born in rural 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. 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. In 1999, editors at The Sporting News ranked Ty Cobb 3rd on their list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players"... (wikipedia)

I never could stand losing. Second place didn't interest me. I had a fire in my belly.
The base paths belonged to me, the runner. The rules gave me the right. I always went into a bag full speed, feet first. I had sharp spikes on my shoes. If the baseman stood where he had no business to be and got hurt, that was his fault.
I had to fight all my life to survive. They were all against me... but I beat the bastards and left them in the ditch.
I have observed that baseball is not unlike a war, and when you come right down to it, we batters are the heavy artillery.
Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.

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