April 10, 1989 |
New York Yankees outfielder Rickey Henderson stole the 800th base of his career in the third inning of Sunday's game against Cleveland. Henderson, with two out in a scoreless game, walked against Tom Candiotti and then stole second before scoring on Steve Sax's single. It was Henderson's sixth stolen base in six games this season. He's been caught only once. Henderson trails Ty Cobb by 92 stolen bases for the American League record. Lou Brock holds the major league record with 938. ALL-TIME MAJOR LEAGUE STOLEN BASE LEADERS 1. LOU BROCK 938 2. BILLY HAMILTON 937 3. TY COBB 892 4. RICKEY HENDERSON 800 5. ARLY LATHAM 791 6. HARRY STOVEY 744 7. EDDIE COLLINS 743 8. MAX CAREY 738 9. HONUS WAGNER 720 10. TOM BROWN 697 11. JOE MORGAN 689 12. BERT CAMPANERIS 649 13. GEORGE DAVIS 632 14. WILLIAM HOY 605 15. JOHN WARD 605 16. JOHN McPHEE 602 17. HUGH DUFFY 597 18. WILLIAM DAHLEN 587 19. MAURY WILLS 586 20. WILLIE WILSON 565 ACTIVE PLAYER.
August 26, 1995
The perception of Mickey Mantle's career as one of what-could-have-been, if not for his injuries and abuse, does not do him justice. His most serious knee injury occurred during his rookie season of 1951, yet Mantle's three best years were in 1956, 1957 and--a full decade later--1961. In all, he played more games than Rogers Hornsby, Duke Snider or Ted Williams and more games as a Yankee than anyone else. Contrary to what he and most others have said, Mickey Mantle was every bit as good as Joe DiMaggio and Willie Mays.
December 24, 1994
I am both puzzled and annoyed by a remark made in Allan Malamud's Dec. 14 column. He said that if Bart Giamatti had been commissioner in Ty Cobb's time, Cobb would have been kept off the Hall of Fame ballot. There are several things wrong with this statement. Even if Ty Cobb was a rotten human being, he still did more for ex-players than Marvin Miller and Don Fehr combined--which should tell you something about Miller and Fehr. For all his faults, Cobb never broke the rules the way Pete Rose did, and he never sued the commissioner to avoid punishment.
August 30, 1989 |
Go ahead, Pete. What do you have to show our viewers next?" "OK. Item No. R2D2V05--This is a pair of sanitary socks I wore when I got the hit that tied Ty Cobb. They're red. They've been washed, I think with Tide, but maybe with Wisk, I don't recall. Anyhow, they stretch real nice--see? And, I've autographed them, right on the stirrup that went around my foot. These socks mean a lot to me, and we're starting the bidding at $250." "Very nice. Very nice." "You bet! OK, item No.
July 1, 1989
An item in the newspaper the other day told of a judge giving a last-minute reprieve from execution to a convicted murderer. The man had brutally butchered a family of seven. I don't particularly care whether Pete Rose is guilty. Nor whether Judge Norbert Nadel's two-week reprieve was a "hometown" decision. For more than two decades many in baseball have believed that Pete Rose has the body of a man and the responses of a small boy. By most accounts Rose is today's incarnation of Ty Cobb.
August 8, 1987
About the all-time sports stars list, those of us who saw Joe Louis at work can only smile at the notion that Muhammad Ali could have danced his way around Joe's two-fisted lightning for more than four or five rounds. If you are serious about the expression all-time it is preposterous to omit Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson. And what about Red Grange? Has anyone dominated college football like the Galloping Ghost? And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar must take third place to Wilt Chamberlain and the much better rounded Bill Russell.
April 25, 1988
In his new book, "Historical Baseball Abstract," Bill James tells about a pitcher from a small town in Michigan who wrote a letter to Detroit manager Hughie Jennings in 1916, claiming he could strike out Ty Cobb anytime on three pitches. James: "The guy said it would only cost $1.80--train fare to Detroit--for Jennings to find out. Hughie figured well, you never know, and sent the dollar eighty. The pitcher showed up--great big, gangly kid, 6-foot-4, and all joints.
August 3, 1985
Concerning Pete Rose's remarks about Ty Cobb making more errors than any other outfielder (Morning Briefing, July 27), that's showing only one side of the coin. Cobb played 2,938 games as an outfielder, more than anyone in the history of the game. To say Rose has the highest lifetime fielding average is misleading because Rose has spent two-thirds of his career in the infield. Cobb played in an era where fielding averages were about 20 points less than they are today. You noted Max Carey held the National League record for errors.
December 7, 1994 |
Tyrus Raymond Cobb might have been the greatest baseball player who ever lived. No worse than second greatest, surely. You couldn't get him out. The greatest pitchers in the game tried. Walter Johnson, Ed Walsh, Chief Bender, they all fell short. Twelve times he won the batting championship, three times he batted better than .400 and .370 was a bad year for him. The leagues, the commissioners, even the law agencies couldn't set him down.
December 17, 1995 |
Al Stump, whose book about baseball great Ty Cobb was the basis for the 1994 film "Cobb," has died. He was 79. Stump, who had lung and heart problems for several years, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, his wife, Jo Mosher, said Saturday. Stump began writing sports while a student at the University of Washington.