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This Day in Georgia History

July 17, 1961

Ty Cobb Died

At age 74, baseball immortal Ty Cobb died of cancer in Atlanta. Known as one of the best hitters ever to play professional baseball, the “Georgia Peach” played the game with great intensity, never hitting under .320. A strong believer in himself, Cobb once described his philosophy of life as: “I’ve got to be first all the time - in everything.” After his death, a granite monument and historical marker honoring Cobb were erected in Royston, Georgia.

To view a Ty Cobb baseball card, see the Digital Library of Georgia.
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Source: Photo: Ed Jackson