Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ty Cobb and the Hotel Pontchartrain Incident of April 1919, Part I

There is this odd story about Ty Cobb. It appears in print first in Baseball: The Golden Age by Seymour and Seymour (1989). The story is seemingly based on the Seymours’ original research, in which they found a news item … Continue reading

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Ty Cobb’s personality: who does he remind you of?

In terms of what we know about their personalities, among modern athletes, who is most like Ty Cobb? While Alex Rodriguez has displayed none of Cobb’s violent temper, both players seem to have suffered from the same limitations in their … Continue reading

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The Ty Cobb baseball strike of 1912

It was Wednesday, May 15, 1912. Ty Cobb and the Detroit Tigers were playing the New York Highlanders at American League Park (Hilltop Park) in Upper Manhattan. Cobb was reportedly a regular target of hecklers around the league, but this … Continue reading

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Is a key idea behind FIP (fielding independent pitching) just wrong?

Statistics in baseball are fun. Behind each statistic – conventional and advanced – is an idea, a little hypothesis about what really matters in baseball, and which aspects of performance tell us that a player is a great hitter or great pitcher … Continue reading

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