Early life Family and personal life Robinson was born on January 31,into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson's mother worked various odd jobs to support the family.
See Article History Alternative Titles: Cobb took to baseball early in his life: In he joined a semiprofessional team in AnnistonAlabama, and the following year he signed with the minor league Augusta Georgia Tourists.
While playing with the Tourists, Cobb had his personal life jolted by an unusual tragedy: That event overshadowed his promotion to the Detroit Tigers later that month. He spent 22 seasons as an outfielder with the Tigers —26 and also managed the team from through Cobb led the team to three consecutive American League AL pennants —09but the Tigers lost all three World Series in which he appeared.
A member of the Philadelphia Athletics when he retired inCobb hit. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed, stood about 6 feet 1 inch 1.
During his season career in the ALCobb established numerous batting records. His career hits record of 4, lasted until it was broken by Pete Rose in He also set the runs-scored mark of 2, a total that was not surpassed until by Rickey Henderson.
Cobb led the AL in batting 12 times. Three times his batting average topped. In the first election to the Baseball Hall of FameinCobb received the most votes.
He invested his baseball earnings shrewdly and amassed a comfortable fortune. His autobiography, My Life in Baseball, ghostwritten by sportswriter Al Stump, was published in Stump amended the record in with Cobb: A Biography, which presents a far more honest view of the great player.
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Early life. Gwynn was born in Los Angeles, California, to Charles and Vendella Gwynn. He was nine when his parents decided they would move from their apartment and buy a house in Long Beach, a location they chose because of their schools, parks, and youth sports options throughout the year.
He grew up with older brother Charles Jr., who played college baseball and became a teacher, and . return to biography list. Butch Hancock. As a youngster, Butch Hancock, born on July 12, , in Lubbock, Texas, listened to border radio stations and enjoyed going to . Former player and manager Pete Rose looks on prior to the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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