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    Circa 1950 Ty Cobb Handwritten Commentary on "The 'terrible' Baker spiking play." There was never a more determined player to wear a Major League uniform than Tyrus R. Cobb, whose enormous talents and unbreakable will earned him a position at the lofty pinnacle of baseball's pantheon. And while the Georgia Peach never made any apology for his single-minded obsession with victory, he remained indignant throughout his life at the widely held perception that he had often stepped across the game's ethical line. "I may have been fierce," he once told biographer Fred Lieb, "but never low or underhand."

    Perhaps second only to the tale of Cobb's assault upon an armless heckler in the stands of Manhattan's Hilltop Park in 1912, the alleged spiking of Athletics third baseman and fellow future Hall of Famer Frank "Home Run" Baker in 1909 has served as the leading anecdote for those condemning Cobb's character. On the reverse of a photograph of the incident, which rather definitively exonerates the Tigers legend, Cobb makes his case in bold blue fountain pen ink (with his spelling and punctuation unaltered):

    "The 'terrible' Baker spiking play, have always resented the unfair accusation one Horace Fogel wrote the story, play was in Detroit, he wanted to arouse the fans I suppose and improve gate in Phila, he did at my expense. Note Baker is in line and on the offensive, I am well inside and away from bag toward home plate, Baker never lost an innings play was only knicked on forearm and most important my foot is over and past him arm trying to tag bag and his arm is not even knocked aside."

    Photo measures 8x10" in size, with upper right corner bend, otherwise no issues of note. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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