Ty Cobb – “The greatest ever to lace up a pair of spikes” (File)
Ty Cobb’s Detroit
Detroit was founded by French explorer Cadillac 319 years ago. Detroit is famous for being Motor City, Motown records, and of course for Ty Cobb, baseball legend.
Cobb, originally from Narrows in rural Georgia, played for the Tigers from 1905 to 1926 as an outfielder, but also managed the team in his last few years. The Georgia Peach, as he was also known, still holds some impressive baseball records, including 0.367 career batting average and most career batting titles at 12. He received 222 out of 226 votes in Baseball’s inaugural Hall of Fame ballot. Not bad for a country boy. It was his 4,191 career hits record that was broken by Pete Rose when he singled for his 4,192nd hit breaking Cobb’s record.
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Here is Greenleaf’s Michigan map from 1842. The young state’s northern portion is still sparsely populated, but by then Detroit was well established and was still the state’s capital.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Michigan map from 1842 (Credit Steve Kovacs)