If you want to find a well documented and well researched bat, look no further than Ty Cobb. Considered by many the greatest hitter in the game, Cobb’s bats are highly coveted, and as such, lots of effort has gone into confirming their validity. This makes our job easier as we compile resources to put together information on Ty Cobb’s bat.
|Hillerich & Bradsby (Slugger)||34.5, 35||35.75, 36 – 42||250||Ash||1922 – 1925|
|Hillerich & Bradsby (Slugger)||34.5, 35||35.75, 36 – 42||125 dash-dot-dash||Ash||1917 – 1922|
|Hillerich & Bradsby (Slugger)||34.5, 35||35.75, 36 – 42||His Model||Ash|
|Hillerich & Bradsby (Slugger)||34.5, 35||35.75, 36 – 42||His Original Model||Ash|
What Bat Model Did Ty Cob Use?
There is at least one instance where Ty Cobb used a Spalding bat. We know this from an auction where the bat has been verified as his. Otherwise, for the vast majority of his 24 year career, Cobb used Louisville Slugger. Like most players in his era, Cobb used the same model, and when it changed, the new version was often referred to as “His Model” or “His Original Model” (see Babe Ruth’s Bat). Cobb’s bat model is attributed the number 250 or a 125 followed by a dash, dot, dash on the Slugger bat (referred to as the 125 dash-dot-dash).
What Size Bat Did Ty Cobb Swing?
Slugger records claim his bat weight sat between 36 and 42 ounces, and in length, 34.5 inches. Game used models for auction come in near enough to these. Some weigh as light as 35.75 (possibly losing some weight due to their near 100 years of degradation), while others have reached 40 ounces. The length on confirmed models is very consistent at 34.5 to 35 inches.
Ty Cobb Game Used Bat Identification
Thousands of man hours by folks more skilled than ourselves, have detailed the markings of legit Ty Cobb game used bats. Instead of recreating that information here, it makes more sense to help you find your way. We found the most informative to be MileHighCard company’s write up on Ty Cobb’s bat.
Ty Cobb’s Best at Bat
On the 18th of July in 1927, Ty Cobb, now in the last two seasons of his career, played for the Athletics. The Detroit Tigers, his team of 22 years, sat in the opposing dugout. He would enter the batter’s box in the bottom of the first with 3,999 hits. Cobb would drill a line drive to right field that would bounce in and out of the right fielder’s glove. Apparently only an error by today’s standards, Cobb would officially record his 4000th hit on a stand up double.
Today, when major milestones come in baseball, the game stops for announcers, players and the world to take notice. Jeter’s 3,000th hit, which came on a home run, nearly stopped air traffic control. There is something admirable about how baseball takes time to acknowledge these things.
But, on July 18, 1927, When Ty Cobb recorded his 4,000th career hit, few even batted an eye. Cobb didn’t even try to keep the baseball. The next day’s paper read, “Bengals In Third Place; Ty Cobb Gets 4,000th Hit.” The article spends all of 33 words describing the event. It reads, “When Cobb made his fluke double in the first inning, it was his 4,000th major league safety. He’s so far ahead of all records of other batsmen that he will never be beaten or tied”. They clearly got some things wrong, but in pausing to tip their hat to a milestone more significant than the 700 club for home runs, they got it right.
Ty Cobb’s Bat Sources
Goldinauctions is always a wealth of knowledge when they have auctioned a particular bat, as they have in the case of Ty Cobb. The Nationalpastime has some helpful write ups on his bat. Pro Bat Facts from the PSA site is as good of information as you can find on Ty Cobb’s Bat. The MileHigh Card Company’s write up here might be the best we’ve found on any bat we’ve researched if it weren’t for the wall of text. If you can get through it, you’ll find some good stuff. Bidami was helpful identifying some of the earlier use Spalding models. A longer read on Ty Cobb’s 4000th hit is here.