Monday, April 11, 2011

Ty Cobb


Today's picture was taken in 1913, and it shows two legends of baseball. Ty Cobb is on the left in the Detroit uniform, and Joe Jackson is on the right in the Cubs uniform.

I really believe back at this time that men played more for the love of the game. I have to admit that I have gotten pretty disgusted with all professional sports at this point. There is way too much showboating and grandstanding, and it is all about the individual superstar, and not about the team or the fans. 

24 comments:

  1. Let me tell you that there ain't a ballplayer today who is fit to shine the shoes of Mr. Cobb and the other athletes of his day.
    Baseball today had turned into a sissy sport but what do you expect when the lowest paid member on the team is a multimillionaire---darn!!!
    In my time players cared about the game and they weren't too scared to get their hands and knees dirty either.
    Ol' Babe Ruth could pitch an entire game and not break a sweat---and i would exactly count him as being some physical specimen either!! But what he had was "heart", which is something that the players today lack.
    If a pitcher is even lucky enough to pitch a full game today they pamper him afterwards and tell him how great he is. Balderdash!!!
    YOu play for the team, not yourself, but I suppose we've lost that lesson over time.
    Look at the young people today (but since I have offended some readers, I'll lay off that subject).
    I just wish that things could get back to an even footing and people would show a little gumption once in a while!!!
    Keep the photos coming, young man.

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  2. For once I will agree with Mean Old Man.

    I find it so strange that a pitcher can only pitch so many pitches in a game and then the manager will pull him out.
    Is that in his Zillion Dollar contract, or are they worthless if they throw one more pitch.
    I think the last of the great player went out with Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, and don't forget the colorful Yogi Berra. But from what I have read Mantle was some what involved with steroids.
    I sure I have left out a bunch GREAT player, but I was a Yankee fan so they were my heroes at the time.

    Back then they played the game for the love of the game. Not for the ZILLION dollars they have get paid now, or they would rather sit at home and do nothing.

    I use to love baseball, but these spoiled player and their walk off strikes and hold outs have turned me off completely

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  3. By the way, GREAT JOB, PJM

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  4. Love the picture, love the sport. HATE the new millionaire athlete.

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  5. Millionaire athletes indeed! Who do they think they are... movie stars?
    (sarc)

    John

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  6. Mantle's demon was not steroids but alcohol.
    Unfortunately, MOM not all things in the old days were good. Drinking was not taken very seriously as a menace as it is today.

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  7. Young Whipper SnapperApril 11, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    Thank you for BAseball Week PJM! For everybody that hate the pro baseball players, go check out a minor league game, no millionaires playing there. And besides if someone was going to pay you millions for something you loved to do you would take the money too. Not all past baseball players where great people either. Didn't Ty Cobb sharpen his spikes with the intention of hurting opposing players?

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  8. I also love the sport and hate what has happened to it. I wish I could go the ballpark on a sunny afternoon with the family without taking out a loan. Went to see a farm team game and it was fun. I could actually pay the gate and have a hotdog and beer. I really want the players to be paid and paid well but zillions is crazy. Check out Puhols of the Cardinals for a nice guy. No drugs and I think he has a love of the game. and--I am not a Cardnials fan. Love the old photos. Blessings lam

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  9. Shoeless Joe was raised a few miles from where I live and is a hometown hero with a statue and museum to honor him.He was accused of throwing the world series and brought shame to his name but a true hero here.

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  10. Yahooo for Baseball week! Good job PJM. I'm not on the computer during the weekend's so it was great this morn to see Baseball. I think you might have inadvertantly changed the Red Sox fortunes from a 0 and 6 start. They took 2 out of 3 from the Yanks over the weekend. I'm sure the New Yorker's will come back real strong at us next time. Ted Williams was one of the best hitters of all time and then in his prime went into the miliitary (WWII) for 4 years. I love looking at the real old time BB pics from late 1800's and early 1900's too. Comming from an area where the Ballpark, (Fenway) is 99years old this year and Boston has had a team since 1871, I really appreciate the history. MOM and RTD have a definite point, for instance, in 1902 as a pitcher Cy Young had 32 wins & 11 losses as a pitcher and 41 complete games. They only brought in a reliver twice the whole season for him. If a pitcher today gets in a complete game it's a big deal. Young had 41! Can you imagine? Plus he had to bat. There is no way these pitchers today, making millions could ever do that. I'd give anything to sit in the stands back then at the Huntington Ave Fairgrounds, Fenway wasn't around then. Thanks again for the cool pics. Have a great week everyone.

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  11. Thanks for sharing pictures from baseball hey days.
    I was a kid in the 50's and knew them all.
    I hope no one ever beats ty's .366 lifetime batting average.
    Its too bad the Babe lost the 60 HR to Roger M. 61 154 games for BR time and 162 for RM.
    The stats are difficult to compare any more. Today rarely is there anyone who will play 162 games and rarely do you see a pither go the full 9 innings.
    In those good ole days pitchers were expected to go 9 innings.
    I miss those days.

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  12. it was never proven that Joe Jackson threw a game...he was, as far as I am concerned, the man. Ty Cobb, while a great player, was a prejudiced so and so who actually went into the stands and beat a guy with a bat who dared to criticize him. but, that, I guess, was the game back then. I haven't watched a full game since the strike years ago...although, I love to watch the cubbies play...Wrigley field, even with the lights, is such a cool place.

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  13. Babe Ruth never once did any showboating and Ty Cobb was a true gentleman.

    Thanks for baseball week PJM!

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  14. reminiscing the old days are fine and all but we eventually have to catch up with the times . baseball today is all about showboating but we as fans are the one that put them where they are , if we didnt pay HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS to see a game they wouldnt make so much, Todd from NC

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  15. May I say that Mr. Cobb made most of his money from the stock market. He was a very intelligent man with finance and made a killing on Coca Cola stock. He, in fact, owned several Coke plants outright at the time of his death and I do believe came up with the idea of putting Coke in cans.
    Unlike most ballplayers today, Mr. Cobb was educated. He was not raised to abandon his studies to concentrate on his talent alone like most of the namby pamby ballplayers today who probably can barely write their own name.
    Again this goes back to the way society was "then" and the way it is "today">

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  16. Well said, Todd from NC! For everyone who complains about the price of a ticket to see the majors, if you love the game you'll see great action in the minors, too, and the prices are far more "achievable". We live in a free society, we can choose were to spend our recreation time and money. We don't have to support showboating or bullying.

    Probably because I'm watching hockey, not baseball, where the biggest loudmouth is a commentator, there's little of this attitude problem even if the athletes are being paid "big league" salaries.

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  17. Agreed Whipper Snapper, We have a single A team here and it is great fun!

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  18. I've never been to a baseball game, but my husband is excitedly planning to take our daughter and I to our first game this year. Very nice picture!

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  19. If you want to see athletes that are humble and grateful you should check out Professional Bull riding (PBR). If they don't ride, they don't get paid.

    John

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  20. While Ty Cobb was very much a product of his generation and his Georgia upbringing, he engaged in behaviour which would never be tolerated in today's "namby-pamby" sports world, such a sharpening the cleats on his shoes and deliberately spiking the opposing baseman when he slid into base. His rampant racism was famous, although in later life he agreed that Willie Mays was a pretty good player. If a player today was accused of beating his wife - which, unfortunately, wasn't even considered a crime in the good old days - he'd be suspended in a heartbeat.

    Ty Cobb may have been a good player, but he was no gentleman, by a long shot.

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  21. Following these interesting comments from the UK, where soccer reigns supreme, I have to say that my first thought is that sportsmen the world over are all the same. English soccer teams are now full of mercenaries from all over the world. In my view, teams without players who have 'heart' are at risk when their overly paid (£100,000+ per week) don't like playing in bad weather or against very physical opposition.
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  22. Jackson is in a Chicago White Sox uniform. He never played for the Cubs.

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  23. Amazing photo - wow! Thank you so much for sharing it. Love the vintage ballplayers!

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  24. They didn't have steroids in Mantles day. The Russians were the first to use them on their Olympic athletes, in the 70's.

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