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Just because: Ty Cobb goes in high and hard

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Ty Cobb, besides being one of the best ballplayers in the history of ballplayers, was famously competitive to the point of affliction. So consider the semi-famous image that follows to be highly representative of the way that Cobb played the game ...

Four observations on what we see unfolding above: That's high, that's hard, that hurts, that's taekwondo. And while we don't have the angle to say so definitively, there's a non-zero chance that Cobb just spiked this poor chump in the rascal basket. Perish the thought.

In any event, this Baseball-Fever.com thread says that the photograph in question was taken at Detroit's Navin Field in 1912 or 1913.

Most of all, know this: That nameless, long-dead catcher is still feeling it.

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