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Ty Cobb – May have been baseball’s greatest player; he certainly was the game’s most fiercest competitor. His batting accomplishments are legendary. A lifetime average of .367, 4,191 hits, 12 batting titles, and three .400 seasons. Intimidating the opposition the Georgia Peach stole 892 bases during a 24-year career; mostly with the Detroit Tigers; and is 96 steals in 1915 withstood the assault of baserunners for almost 50 years.

Hank Aaron – is synonymous with Home Runs, but there was much more to Hammerin’ Hank than his 755 round trippers. He also set all-time marks for the most games, at-bats, total bases and RBI’s’ and his batting average over 23 seasons was .305- indications of the all-around ability of this quiet man from Mobile. The N.L. MVP in 1957, he appeared in a record 24 All-Star contests with the Braves and Brewers.

Mickey Mantle – A courageous Mickey Mantle achieved greatness despite an arrested case of osteomyelitis, numerous injuries and frequent surgery. Every swing was an adventure. The power Yankee switch hitter belted 536 homers, including many of the tape measure variety, won the A.L. Home run and slugging title four times, collected 2415 hits and batted .300 or more ten times. The three-time MVP was named on 20 All-Star teams; and he holds a number of World Series records, including 18 home runs.

Ted Williams – The Red Sox Ted Williams was one Baseball’s greatest hitters and the last player to bat .400. Combining keen vision with quick wrists and a scientific approach to hitting, he set numerous batting records despite missing nearly five full seasons due to military service and two major injuries. His accomplishments include a .406 season in 1941, Two Triple Crowns, two MVP’s, six A.L. batting championships, 521 home runs, a lifetime average of .344 and 18 All-Star games.

Jackie Robinson- Jackie was an exciting, versatile competitor and electrifying base runner. Combining these qualities with his superb batting and fielding skills enabled him to beat the opposition in a variety of ways. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier when Branch Rickey brought him up to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He was voted the NL MVP in 1949 when he hit .342 and drove in 124 runs. His 10- year average was.311 and set several fielding records for second baseman.

Josh Gibson- Josh Gibson was known as ‘the Babe Ruth of the Negro Leagues.” Next to Satchell Paige, the barrell-chested catcher who generated tremendous batting power with little apparent effort was the biggest attraction of his race in baseball. He began as a pro at 18 with the Homestead Grays in 1930, and he also starred for the Pittsburgh Crawford’s as Paige’s battery mate. A brain tumor led to his untimely death at the age of 35.

Cy Young- Cy Young’s greatness and durability are apparent when one considers that his 511 wins are almost 100 more than the number recorded by any other pitcher. He was a 10 game winner 16 times (14 in a row) during a 22-year career, and he topped 30 victories on five occasions. Young hurled three no-hitters, including a perfect game against the Athletics in 1904 when he pitched 24 consecutive hitless innings.

 

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