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EITHER OF THESE PLAYERS MAY PASS BATTING REGO
Until Tyrus Cobb of the De
troit team and Toe Jackson of
Cleveland batted themselves intoyear hit .410.
me too ciass last season,, uui one
batter had entered this exclusive
class since the close of the nine-
3 teenth century.
A Napoleon' Lajoie is the' only
major leaguer to bkt .400 or bet
ter, and the famous Frenchman
, turned the trick by hitting for an
average of .422 in 1901.
In the '70's and Ws .400 hit-
3 tefs were not so uncommon. An
son crossed the line twice, Ross
rBai"nes three times; Jesse Burkett
three times, Ed Delehanty twcie,
Harry Stovey twice and Sam
Pitcher "dominence became so
complete and the work of the in
fielders so much faster during
x the last 15 years that the, chance
, to hit .400 was reduced to the
" In 1910 Cobb and Lajoie fought
desperately for the batting honor
of the American league and fin
ished fractions apart, with aver
ages of about .385. Last year
Cobb was closely pressed by the
sensational youngster, Joe Jack
son, a batter of the Lajoie type.
Thanks to the cork center ball,
P these two broke into the .400
class. Cobb hit .420 and Jackson
.408. Cobb's six years in the
league was a factor, for he knew
every pitcher, Jackson was new.
Cobb and Jackson are the only
. players who have a chance to beat
the record of Jesse Burkett by
batting in the class in successive years.
tf urkett hit AZ6 in lu5 and the nextr
In 1899 he batted .402.
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Ty Cobb and To
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pass the performance of the famous 1
"crab." Members of the Cleveland team
have offered to take bets at 3 to 5 thatt
jacKson leaas codd tnis season. ,
Cobb chokes his bat, to a marked dej-
gree. xiis iorte is out-guessing , uie