How Many Hits Did Ty Cobb Make in His Major League Career? What Is His Lifetime Batting Average?

By Herm Krabbenhoft

This article was published in the Spring 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

Among baseball’s most iconic career numbers are 714 and 4,191, the first Babe Ruth’s official career home runs total and the second Ty Cobb’s official career hits total. But if you look at many baseball statistics sources today, including websites and encyclopedias, you will find Cobb’s number has been altered. This paper seeks to use all available evidence to determine the most accurate total for Cobb’s lifetime hits, at-bats, and batting average. Among baseball’s most iconic career numbers are 714 and 4,191, the . . .

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