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Ty Cobb Quotes & Words to Live By
Chris Sloan

Ty Cobb was a legendary baseball player whose career spanned over two decades, from 1905 to 1928. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Cobb was a fierce competitor who played the game with unmatched intensity and passion. Over the course of his career, he set numerous records and became the first player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cobb's quotes are a testament to his dedication to the game of baseball and his unwavering commitment to excellence. He believed that success in baseball was not just about physical ability, but also about mental toughness and the ability to outthink and outmaneuver opponents. He famously said, "The most important part of a player's body is above his shoulders," emphasizing the importance of the mind in the game of baseball.

Cobb's quotes also reveal his unyielding competitive spirit and his relentless pursuit of victory. He believed that baseball was not a game for the weak or faint-hearted, but rather a "struggle for supremacy" that required a "survival of the fittest" mentality. His quotes about speed and quickness show his understanding of the game and his ability to use his physical gifts to gain an advantage on the field. In short, Ty Cobb's quotes are a reflection of the man himself: intense, competitive, and committed to excellence.

Best Ty Cobb Quotes

  1. "The most important part of a player's body is above his shoulders."
  2. "Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a struggle for supremacy—a survival of the fittest."
  3. "Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher."
  4. "Speed is a great asset; but it’s greater when it’s combined with quickness – and there’s a big difference."
  5. "I never could stand losing. Second place didn’t interest me. I had a fire in my belly."
  6. "I had to fight all my life to survive. They were all against me, but I beat the bastards and left them in the ditch."
  7. "A ball bat is a wondrous weapon."
  8. "Just speed, raw speed, blinding speed, too much speed."
  9. "I may have been fierce, but never low or underhand."
  10. "The crowd makes the ballgame."
  11. "Don't come home a failure."
  12. "Out of my way, ice wagon. I’m coming home."
  13. "The great American game should be an unrelenting war of nerves."
  14. "No one has ever approached baseball with greater seriousness than myself."
  15. "I had to fight all the way through. I put all I had into this game, and I never took anything out."
  16. "The base paths belonged to me, the runner. The rules gave me the right. I always went into a bag full speed, feet first. I had sharp spikes on my shoes. If the baseman stood where he had no business to be and got hurt, that was his fault."
  17. "I never could understand why players left the game they love. I always thought I’d want to stay in there until they threw dirt on me."
  18. "The man who has done his level best...is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure."
  19. "Nobody can hit .400 today. They throw too hard and they got darn good curveballs."
  20. "I never have been sick. I don't even know what it means to be sick. I hear other players say they have a cold. I just don't know what it would feel like to have a cold - I never had one."

1909 Ty Cobb Honus Wagner

Quotes from Ty Cobb about Baseball

  1. “Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.”
  2. “I may have been fierce, but never low or underhanded.”
  3. “Nobody can teach you how to hit, but they can teach you how to try to hit.”
  4. “Money doesn’t make a ballplayer. Hard work and guts make a ballplayer.”
  5. “Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying he (Babe Ruth) was a bad fellow. He was a great hitter, and he had a lot of class.”
  6. “Baseball is something like a war. It’s a game of inches. It's a game of inches and every pitcher is a weapon to be countered.”
  7. “I regret to this day that I never went to college. I feel I should have been a doctor.”
  8. “Baseball is a game of inches, and every single one counts.”
  9. “Fans don’t boo nobodies.”
  10. “Some people say I was mean and had a temper. Well, I did play with a broken neck.”
  11. “I never could stand losing. Second place didn't interest me. I had a fire in my belly.”
  12. “Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.”
  13. “Speed is a great asset; but it's greater when it's combined with quickness - and there's a big difference.”
  14. “Two-thirds of the earth is covered by water, the other third by Earl Webb.”
  15. “Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.”
  16. “Nobody can beat you if you never give up.”
  17. “People are always asking me if I'm a nice guy or a bad guy. I'm a good guy. I'm a guy who tries to do the right thing.”

Cobb slide into third

Inspirational Ty Cobb Quotes

  1. “I think if I had my life to live over again, I’d do things a little different. I was aggressive, perhaps too aggressive. Maybe I went too far. I always had to be right in any argument I was in, I always had to be first in everything. I do indeed think I would have done some things different. And if I had I believe I would have had more friends.”
  2. “I regret to this day that I never went to college. I feel I should have been a doctor.”
  3. “When two doctors pass each other on the street they wink at each other.”
  4. “You’ve got to remember – I’m seventy-three.”
  5. “To get along with me, don’t increase my tension.”
  6. “I’ve got to be first. ALL the time.”
  7. “I’ve been called one of the hardest bargainers who ever held out, and I’m proud of it.”
  8. “Why not? Certainly it is okay for them to play. I see no reason in the world why we shouldn’t compete with colored athletes as long as they conduct themselves with politeness and gentility. Let me say also that no white man has the right to be less of a gentleman than a colored man. In my book that goes not only for baseball but in all walks of life.”
  9. “The longer I live, the longer I realize that batting is more a mental matter than it is physical. The ability to grasp the bat, swing at the proper time, take a proper stance; all these are elemental. Batting is rather a study in psychology, a sizing up of a pitcher and catcher and observing little details that are of immense importance. It’s like the study of crime, the work of a detective as he picks up clues.”
  10. “Once Walton went down this road … where he was persuaded Libby was entitled to some of the information, this issue (of national security) was going to haunt this trial.”
  11. “She did not leak any classified information, and she did not have access to the information apparently attributed to her by some government officials.”
  12. “Her hope is to be able to pursue her planned retirement from two decades of distinguished public service to do community service law.”

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Ty Cobb, a legendary baseball player who hasn't played in over 50 years, continues to inspire athletes and baseball fans around the world. His words still ring true today, reminding us of the importance of dedication and a winning mindset. Even though baseball has evolved since Cobb's era, his influence on the game is undeniable. As America's pastime, the sport continues to draw in millions of fans, and Cobb's impact will never be forgotten.

Cobb's larger-than-life personality and unmatched commitment to winning made him one of the most successful players in history. His achievements and records remain impressive, and his legacy continues to inspire generations of baseball players. From his unyielding work ethic to his competitive spirit, Cobb's words continue to resonate with anyone who seeks success in their field. His ability to inspire and motivate players to give their best on the field is an enduring testament to his enduring legacy.

So, whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to the world of baseball, there is always something to learn from Ty Cobb. Take some time to study his quotes and let them inspire you to pursue excellence in your own way. And if you find his words to be just as powerful as we do, don't forget to share this blog post with your fellow sports enthusiasts. After all, Cobb's impact on baseball is a legacy that deserves to be shared with everyone.

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About Chris Sloan

Chris Sloan is a former baseball league commissioner and travel baseball coach who has made significant contributions to the sport. In 2018, he founded selectbaseballteams.com, a website that helps parents find youth and travel baseball teams in their local areas. Since its launch, the website has experienced impressive growth, offering a wealth of resources including teams, news, tournaments, and organizations. Chris's unwavering passion for baseball and his innovative approach to connecting parents with quality baseball programs have earned him a respected reputation in the baseball community, solidifying his legacy as a leading figure in the world of youth and travel baseball.

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