1910 : Ty Cobb Wins Batting Title

October 18, 2021 all-day

On October 18, 1910, after much controversy, American League president Ban Johnson names Ty Cobb as the official batting champion. Johnson rules that Cobb should receive credit for his hit in a suspended game that wasn’t originally counted by league statisticians. A scandal had erupted when it became evident that the Browns had allowed Cleveland’s Nap Lajoie to collect a number of hits during the final days of the season, so that Cobb would not win the title and the automobile that would go to the winner.

However, one should not forget that Ty Cobb and batting titles at one time were almost ubiquitous.

He won nine consecutive AL batting titles from 1907 to 1915 and three more in his career. He hit .320 or better for 22 consecutive seasons including over .400 three times.

Erica Gray,“You Can Buy A Piece Of Detroit Sports History From Costco”, 99.1 WFMK Blog, December 23, 2020.

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