Stark: When Rose passed Cobb, their legacies seemed clear

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on September 11, 2015:

It happened exactly 30 years ago. Remember?

It was the day a page turned in the baseball record book that once seemed unturnable. And it brought together, on the same firework-speckled stage, two fabled figures named Peter Edward Rose and Tyrus Raymond Cobb.

At the moment Rose’s 4,192nd hit dropped into the empty spaces in left field and Cobb descended to No. 2 on the all-time hit list, the legacies of those two men seemed so clear. Rose was one of baseball’s most beloved figures. Cobb was one of its most reviled.

Yes, it was all so clear — until it wasn’t.

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Originally published: September 11, 2015. Last Updated: September 11, 2015.