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Ty Cobb Gets First MLB Hit Aug. 30, 1905


On this date in baseball (August 30, 1905), Ty Cobb, 18, hit a double off Jack Chesbro of the New York Highlanders (later Yankees) for the first of his major league career. There would be 4,188 more to come after this one that took place at Detroit’s Bennett Field throughout “The Georgia Peach’s” 24 years plying his trade.┬áThat was Cobb’s lone hit on the day, but it did drive in a run, helping the Tigers prevail that afternoon in the Motor City 5-3.┬áThere were 1,200 in attendance to watch a 2:02 match.

Neither ball club were tenant contenders that summer, with Detroit (79-74) finishing in third place, 15 and a half games back of the Philadelphia Athletics, and New York in sixth (71-78), 21 and a half back.

The New York Giants would go on to defeat the Athletics four games to one in only the second World Series played. You may be scratching your head if you know the answer to the trivia question as 1903 being the first year of the Fall Classic, and you’d be correct. The following year, Giants manager John McGraw refused to face the American League champion Boston Americans (later Red Sox), shrugging them off as being from a “junior” or “minor” league, hence the reason why old timers and throwbacks still call the American League the “junior circuit.”

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