Five Baseball Giants More Racist than Ty Cobb
If you follow baseball or have any sense of its history, you already know legendary Detroit Tiger Ty Cobb. In a career that lasted from 1905 to 1928, Cobb racked up 4191 hits, 1939 RBI, and 117 home runs - which may seem small now, but was A LOT back then. His career batting average was a whopping .367, still the highest in baseball history. During his career, he only batted under .320 once, while hitting over .400 THREE TIMES. He actually scored 2245 runs himself, and his 892 - 54 of which were successful takes of home plate - stolen bases is third ever. He never won the World Series despite reaching it several times, but there is a very solid case for Ty Cobb being the greatest ballplayer of all time.
You probably also know Cobb was a mean dude. He once ended up in a fight with a groundskeeper in which he is reported to have also choked his wife. You know the myriad stories, in fact, so there's little point in repeating them: Might have killed a man once (false - a journalist went searching the city death records for that and couldn't find one of anyone dying the day Cobb claimed to have done this, or some such), sharpened his spikes to dig into opposing players, and once beat up a guy with no hands. (Some say he didn't even have arms. Cobb was unrepentant, saying he didn't care if the guy didn't have any legs.) That last incident was the result of a heckler making a reference to Cobb's racial purity.
And there you have it. Racist. The one crime Cob committed which stands out above the others. Now, you shouldn't try to make excuses for racism, but the thing with Cobb's racism is that, in the grand scheme of things, his racism for the most part seemed to be mostly bark and no bite, even in spite of the limbless man's beating. Cobb's racism, in fact, stemmed more from the fact that he was a product of 19th-century Georgia, and his own racism wasn't any worse than the racism of anyone else from his part of the country.
Or, for that matter, worse than anyone else's in Major League Baseball. Again, it's not that this is excusable, but there were racists in Major League Baseball whose racial crimes were far, far worse than anything Cobb ever did. And some of these guys were as popular as Cobb. You've probably heard of some of them, actually. Like these five, all of whom can clobber Cobb for the crown of baseball's (white) supreme racist.