Ty Cobb Goes Into Stands After a Fan

Podcast Highlights

Date of Event: May 18, 1912

On May 15, 1912, verbal abuse from a fan got so bad that Cobb vaulted into the stands and started throwing punches at him. After Cobb was suspended, his teammates were infuriated, as they felt his action was justified by the vicious nature of the fan’s insults. They vowed to support their star centerfielder, and three days later on May 18, they did just that, following Cobb when his was order off the field. To prevent forfeit and a 5000 dollar fine, Tigers manager, Hughie Jennings, recruited two former big leaguers and a bunch of amateur ballplayers from Philadelphia to play the game.