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Baseball Fever Policy

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This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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  • George H Ruth
    started a topic Rare Ty Cobb pictures

    Rare Ty Cobb pictures

    Well since there's a Rare Babe Ruth picture thread, I've decided to make a Rare Ty Cobb picture thread.

    Masters Invitational Golf Tournament: Augusta, Georgia: Ty with Bobby Jones

    Ty against a White Sox team, 1907-09.

    Ty Cobb sliding towards Frank Baker of the Phil. A's, 1909-12

    Ty Cobb with a dog: At home in Atherton, CA, February, 1953

    Ty Cobb teaching the art of swinging

    Ty Cobb posing: 1910

    Ty Cobb and Lajoie: 1910-12, Bennett Park

    Ty Cobb and Navin: April 25, 1913: Ending his holdout and signing with Frank Navin.

    Eddie Collins, Lena Blackburne, Ty Cobb: 1915

    Ty Cobb with a young fan

    I'm sure Ty Cobb experts has already seen all these pictures, but I still wanted to make a new thread about it. Hopefully you guys don't get mad me for doing so. Hopefully you enjoy them as well, because I sure do. I'm a huge fan of Ty Cobb by the way, second favorite player after Babe Ruth, which my grandfather saw both of them play, he's so lucky.

    As a huge Ty Cobb fan these photos are superb, and many I haven't seen before. Thanks for these wonderful photos.

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  • Mingo
    Originally posted by Bill Burgess View Post
    1928, with the Philadelphia A's.
    I love this photo. This is not someone I'd want to mess with. That

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  • TonyK
    Originally posted by MrHaroldG View Post
    That famous photo of Cobb coming into home plate with his spikes high (the photo in post 274, bottom right)...has anyone found out the name of the catcher Cobb was attempting to spike?
    The catcher's name was Paul Krichell of the St. Louis Browns. According to biographer Charles Leerhsen, Cobb slid in high to knock the baseball out of Krichell's hand. The two of them then fought after the play was over. According to Leerhsen, Cobb was adamant that the base paths belonged to him as the base runner, and he made sure that infielders knew that.

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  • MrHaroldG
    That famous photo of Cobb coming into home plate with his spikes high (the photo in post 274, bottom right)...has anyone found out the name of the catcher Cobb was attempting to spike?

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  • Wesley Fricks
    Ty is the one on the bottom left hand side. His uncle Clifford Ginn is standing on the far left. In 1910, someone made a baseball card of Ty and mistakingly used his uncle's photo and when Ty was told about it, he got a big kick out of it.

    Wesley Fricks

    Originally posted by BSmile View Post
    I personally can't really say for sure which one is Ty in that pic that I found.
    This is the description it came with:

    The Earliest Known Ty Cobb Baseball Photograph. The letter "R" on the gentleman's sweater in the front row is for "Royston," the small Georgia town that grew the legendary Peach. And though a vintage ink notation on verso mistakenly locates the young Tyrus Cobb as seated at far left, the fierce, determined looking young man standing in the back row wearing a straw bowler and bow tie is clearly the future terror of the American League. We date this exceptionally scarce sepia toned photograph to the 1902 to 1904 range, when Ty was fifteen to seventeen years old. He huddles with the team manager and the other eight players of the Royston Nine for this posed studio shot, originally acquired from the estate of a Cobb teammate. A certain degree of wear is to be expected from a century-old photo, though the scattered small holes and assorted wrinkles do not dare to cross paths with the young Cobb.

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  • Wesley Fricks
    Unfortunately, the picture in question is NOT Ty Cobb. It looks to be a valuable picture to the history of baseball, if the person can be identified. While there may seem to be some similarities, there is definitives that exclude this from being Ty Cobb.

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  • Huskerman22
    Originally posted by locke40 View Post
    Ty Cobb, Detroit, and Joe Jackson, Cleveland, standing alongside each other, each holding bats, 1913

    Is this only picture of Ty Cobb batting right-handed?

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  • Cobbfan75
    Here's the link to the Candy Box and display easel.


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  • Cobbfan75
    I tried to win this auction as well, but was outbid, my old lady would have killed me anyway, she's already upset that I spent almost $3K on a Ty Cobb Candy Box!!! lol.


    At the peak of his career and fame, Ty Cobb traded the diamond for the stage. He stepped into the lead role of a popular football comedy for a winter performance series at Detroit's Lyceum Theatre. This 6" x 9" program from Cobb's thespian experiment is an untoned, exceedingly bright and fresh NM beauty. It features a delightful color cover with Cobb's iconic T206 bust portrait overlapping a baseball scene on one side, and cheering female fans on the other. A formal head shot centers the football-themed reverse cover, which heralds, "The Greatest Base Ball Player The World Has Ever Known In The Greatest College Play Ever Written." Panoramic stage scenes decorate the inside front and back covers, while eight additional pictures appear on the other four pages. (The photographed cast appears to predate Cobb's involvement.) Lively interior text captures the quaint vernacular of the era and includes this synopsis: "Mr. Cobb will be seen in the role of 'Billy Bolton,' the famous half-back on the Atwater College football team, and the persistent suitor for the hand of the college heartbreaker ... As [Bolton] Cobb will daily tear through the line of the Bingham College team for a touchdown and then kick the winning goal. For theatregoers, baseball fans, and college men, the appearance of 'Ty' Cobb and the 'College Widow' at one and the same time will prove the greatest treat of the year, and the fevered yells of the bleacherites will be naught in comparison with the enthusiasm shown over the appearance of the world's greatest diamond star in a new setting." Here is a most unusual and fascinating arts alternative to Cobb's bevy of baseball collectibles!

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  • Cobbfan75
    Nice pix. I have an original film reel with footage of Cobb with Edison. I bought it several years ago from a collector. It also has Cobb and some of his team mates playing around on mules and one guy talking into the rear of the animal and Cobb pretending he's listening to the guy from the animals ear. Sort of like it's a mule phone. I don't know if this footage exists anywhere else, I was contacted by the HOF and by the Cobb museum and they both wanted me to "donate" it, but I was reluctant too, since I'd probably never see it again. This pic here of Edison isn't on the film, but he is in the film wearing the same clothes.

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  • Cobbfan75
    This is a souvenir from 1910, since they didn't have night games then, fans were a common give-a-way or available for a nominal fee at the ballpark. This one is made by the American Tobacco Co. There were 5 variations I believe. Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, Hal Chase, Larry Doyle, and Frank Baker. You can discern the real ones from the reproductions by the seams of a baseball on the reverse. Here is a link to my collection on youtube.
    Of course I'm constantly updating it. Just bought an original Ty Cobb Candy box and Advertising easel yesterday. Great pix, keep up the good work!

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  • Cobbfan75
    I just purchased the Ty Cobb Candy Easel board and an original Candy box from Legendary auctions yesterday. They're really nice and I collect all things Cobb. You wouldn't happen to know of one of the wrappers for sale anywhere would you?
    Great Pix

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  • Bill Burgess
    You're quite welcome, my friend.

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  • jvmiv
    Thank you Bill.

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