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Ty Cobb

Still perhaps the greatest hitter baseball has ever seen might be one of the game’s earliest stars. Ty Cobb played 24 years from 1905-1928 and his .366 career batting average still stands a record. He led the American League in batting average 12 seasons, while smacking 4,189 career hits, which is still second most in the sport’s history. Cobb had 724 doubles, 295 triples, 897 stolen bases, 2,244 runs scored and had 1,944 RBIs. For his career he had a .433 on-base percentage and .512 slugging percentage. Cobb was the 1911 AL MVP with the Detroit Tigers, the 1909 Triple Crown winner, a four-time AL leader in RBIs and six-time AL leader in stolen bases. Cobb is credited for setting 90 MLB records, depending on the source. While his record for career batting average still standings, he held his hits record from his retirement in 1928 until 1985, most career runs until 2001, most career games played (3.035) and at-bats (11,434) until 1974, and most career stolen bases until 1977.

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