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This Day in History: Ty Cobb beat the hell out of a fan

May 16, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

Via BTF, we are reminded that today is the 96th anniversary of Ty Cobb doing something which, if today’s Hall of Fame voters are to be believed, wasn’t as bad as taking some HGH: he beat the hell out of a fan:


My favorite part came right afterward. It seems that AL President Ban Johnson was actually at the game. He was asked afterward if Cobb would get a suspension. He said “I don’t know until I hear the facts …”

The story went on to say that the Highlanders lost because they were “unable to match the Tigers in rungetting.”

Ah, it was a simpler time. If by “simpler” you mean freakin’ absurd.

  1. georgebrett - May 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    This is comedy at it’s best. Almost everything that was told about Ty Cobb in his playing days that was bad has already been proven to be false. All of these stories were fabricated by the opposing teams writers because they hated how good Ty Cobb was and how bad he beat the other teams. There are a bunch of reports out there that prove everything if you just do a bit of research.

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