Detroit Tiger Outfielder Tyrus (Ty) Cobb AKA the Georgia Peach collected 12 batting titles in his 24-year career in Major League Baseball. Not know as a home run hitter, Cobbs thinking was getting singles when they drove in runs, or leading off an inning was the better strategy and made the game of baseball much more interesting than a home run hitter. It not clear which he despised more; the end of the Dead Ball era, or the home run slugger Babe Ruth who he felt lowered the standard of the game.
To prove to sports writer that if he so desired he too could belt out the ball he made this prediction to sports editors Sid Keener of St. Louis and Detroit News Sports Editor Harry Salsinger. He told them for the next two days he would only concentrate on getting home runs. In the first game Cobb hit 3 round trippers and in the second game he hit out 2 giving him 5 in those two games. Add to that two singles and a double and Cobb went 6 for 6 at Sportsman Park. However, it was on this day in sports history when Cobb stole his 96th base of the season, a record that stood the test of time until Maury Wills stole 104 bases in 1962.