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I have never slept under the same roof with a nigger, and I'm not going to start here in my own native state of Georgia.

On sleeping in the same hunting lodge as Babe Ruth, who Cobb believed to be part black.

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb
Detroit Tigers
OF

I had to figure Johnson out. I realized quickly that he wasn't a vicious pitcher, despite all that speed. I saw him wince when he fired one close to somebody's head, and he used to tell me that he was afraid someday that he would kill a man with that fireball. So I used to cheat. I'd crowd that plate so far that I was actually sticking my toes on it when I was facing Johnson. I knew he was timid about hitting a batter, and when he saw me crowding the plate he'd steer his pitches a little bit wide. Then with two balls and no strikes, he'd ease up a bit to get it over. That's the Johnson pitch I hit. I was depending on him to be scared of hitting me.

On Walter Johnson's gentleness.

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb
Detroit Tigers
OF
Contributed by: Lee Gibbs

A ball bat is a wonderous weapon.

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb
Detroit Tigers
OF

You've got to remember - I'm 73.

On why he thought he would only hit .300 against modern-day pitching

In 1960
Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb
Detroit Tigers
OF

When I began playing the game, baseball was about as gentlemanly as a kick in the crotch.

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb
Detroit Tigers
OF

On August 2, 1907, I encountered the most threatning sight I ever saw on the ballfield.  He was only a rookie, and we licked our lips as we warmed up for the first game of a doubleheader in Washington. Evidently the manager of the Senators had picked a rube out of the cornfields of the deepest bushes to pitch against us.....He was a tall, shambling galoot of about 20 with arms so long they hung out of his sleeves and with a sidearm delivery that looked unimpressive at first glance.....One of us imitated a cow mooing and we hollered at the manager: 'get your pitchfork ready, your hayseed's on his way back to the barn'......The first time I faced him I watched him take that easy windup and then something went past me that made me flinch.  The thing just hissed with danger.  We couldn't touch him....every one of us knew we'd met the most powerful arm ever turned loose in a ball park.

On Walter Johnson

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb
Detroit Tigers
OF
Contributed by: Anthony Sikorski

Walter's idea of a changeup was to just throw harder. It wasn't long after he came to Washington that some of our hitters, arriving in Walter's vicinity, were reporting to the sick list.

On Senators pitcher Walter Johnson

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb
Detroit Tigers
OF
Contributed by: Lee Gibbs

If he'd ever been sawed in half, I think three-fourths of the Yankee Stadium concessions would have been found inside of him.

Talking about Babe Ruth

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb
Detroit Tigers
OF
Contributed by: Rich Bohn

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