1910's Sport Heroes
One of the sports heroes of 1910's was Ty Cobb. Ty was a very competitive boy at a very young age. This competitiveness showed wherever he was, whether he was at home, school, or on the baseball field. He spent a majority of his time playing baseball. This did not please his father one bit. Cobb said that he played because of the competition out on the field. Also, Ty Cobb was the first baseball player to star in a movie. The movie was Somewhere in Georgia, a drama.
While playing one season, Ty hurt his knee, which prevented him from playing for a couple of weeks. One of his plans was to gain weight and inches (which was out of his control) for the season. He played much of his season as 6'1" and 175 pounds. He also wanted to learn to hit left handed. Ty Cobb lead in TBI's (teammates batted in as it was called in the 1910's). He had 1,843 TBI's. He still holds that record which is now known as RBI's; runs batted in. That's amazing!
Another sport hero of the 1910's was Jim Thorpe. Thorpe was one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time. He won two gold medals in the field of shot put division! He also set a record for the most points with 8,412.955. After the games, which were held in Sweden, the Swedish king said, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world". Thorpe then replied, "Thank you, King". Although he did do great in the Olympics, controversy arose. Jim Thorpe's gold medals were taken from him after he was accused of competing as a professional. The rules are, that an olympic can only compete as an olympic athlete. This event still causes arguments today. Even with the disappointment of Thorpe losing his medals, he is still considered one of the greatest olympic athletes ever.
Ty Cobb and Jim Thorpe were definitely the greatest of the 1910's sports heroes.
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