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Encyclopedia > Batting title

A batting title, in baseball, is said to have been reached when a player has the highest average in his league, while still having had 3.1 or more plate appearances per game played. Baseball is a team sport in which a player on one team (the pitcher) attempts to throw a hard, fist-sized ball at a player on the other team (the batter), who attempts to hit the baseball with a tapered, smooth, cylindrical bat that can be made out of either...


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Ty Cobb - MSN Encarta (362 words)
Beginning in 1907 he captured nine consecutive batting titles and he led the AL in hits seven times between 1907 and 1917.
In addition to his career batting average mark, Cobb established many major league and AL records during his 24 years of play.
These included the most career hits (4,191), a record broken by Pete Rose in 1985; career runs (2,245), broken by Rickey Henderson in 2001; and most stolen bases in a season (96 in 1915), a record first eclipsed by Maury Wills, who stole 104 bases in 1962.
Historical Matchups | BaseballLibrary.com (761 words)
Gwynn's remarkable total of eight batting titles (tying him with Honus Wagner for the most in NL history) includes five of the top eleven batting averages compiled since the end of World War II.
After finishing his career in 1928 with the highest career batting average in history (.366), Cobb was the leading vote-getter among charter members of the Hall of Fame in 1936.
His amazing success was due mainly to quickness and bat control; choking up on the bat with his hands about a foot apart, Cobb was able to slice balls to all fields.
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