Ty Cobb Museum
The Ty Cobb Museum is a nonprofit organization founded to perpetuate the memory of the "Georgia Peach." The museum's mission is to foster education and understanding to the broadest possible audience of one of the greatest baseball hitters of all time, Tyrus Raymond Cobb. The museum completes its mission by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting artifacts related to Cobb for local, regional, and national audiences. The museum provides art and memorabilia, film, video, books and historical archives allowing the legendary Ty Cobb to live on. The museum is also home to the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame.
Backstory and Context
In 1936, Ty Cobb became the very first inductee of baseball’s Hall of Fame. Showing how worthy he was of being the first player inducted, he earned 222 out of a possible 226 votes. Cobb was the Manager of the Detroit Tigers from 1921-1926. He also insisted that he was not a "super athlete," but that he simply had a great desire to win. He said, "I've got to be first all the time-in everything."
Starting in 1907, Cobb won 9 consecutive batting titles. He is also greatly remembered for his intimidating and harsh style of playing. Grantland Rice once wrote, "I recall when Cobb played a series with each leg a mass of raw flesh. He had a temperature of 103 and the doctors ordered him to bed for several days, but he got three hits, stole three bases, and won the game. Afterward he collapsed at the bench." This shows how hard Cobb played and what extremes he endured to play his absolute best. He also worked hard to study the game; he studied pitchers and took advantage of their weaknesses.