posted on Mar, 12 2006 @ 05:50 PM
Tyrus Raymond Cobb, the Georgia Peach, won 11 or 12 batting titles, depending on which set of stats you use. He also posted a .366 or .367 lifetime
batting average, again depending on which set of stats you use. When I was a small kid first studying baseball history in the early 60's, it was
still considered an open question whether Ruth or Cobb was baseball's greatest player.
With improved understandings of various statistics--especially that on-base average is more important than batting average--this is no longer true,
particularly since Cobb was a mediocre CF. However, any list of the game's all-time Top 10 which doesn't include Cobb is extremely suspect, and any
list of the Top 20 which doesn't was written by someone who'd smoked a bowl or two of opium.
So, whether he won 12 batting titles, as was believed for so many decades, or whether he won "only 11," as has been believed for 2 or 3 decades now,
Cobb is by far the leader in "most batting titles won," among many other things.
But there are TWO great players who are tied for second-most batting titles won, with EIGHT. And when I say "great," I'm not overstating matters
in either case.
QUESTION: What two players, whose birthdates are separated by 86 years, won eight batting titles?