Ty Cobb, Outfielder, Detroit Tigers
Tyrus Raymond Cobb was not the nicest guy in the major leagues, but he was certainly one of the best. During his 24 seasons, the Georgia Peach amassed 4,191 hits, kept a startling .367 career batting average (still the highest ever) and set some 88 other MLB records. Tremendously athletic and aggressive, Cobb was famous for sliding into bases feet first, with his spikes up. His fitness came less in the form of super sets in the gym (there were no Equinoxes in 1905) and more in the way of self-denial. While peers like Babe Ruth gorged themselves on beer, hot dogs and women, Cobb practiced Tom Brady-esque self-discipline. No doubt this led to his impressive longevity: Cobb played 3,035 games, a record for nearly 50 years, and even served as player-coach for six seasons.
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