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SPIKING BY COBB UNINTENTIONAL;
HE NEVER INJURES BOBBY WALLACE
By Bill Evans.
Frequently the papers mention that So and So was spiked
by Ty Cobb. After one of these spiking episodes, the question
is'asked me a thousand times, "Does Cobb try to injure players?'
Because Cobb ("The Peach") figures in many spiking inci
dents, the public gets the idea that he willfully tries to injure in
v fielders to get a base, and create fear so that the next time he
slides the guardian will be afraid.
In answer to the question, I always say that Cobb never
intentionally injured a player.
While it may seem that Cobb deliberately tries to injure a
player, such is not ever the case. Few players, after the excite
ment of the pennant race has passed, will say Cobb tries to put
players out of the running.
I have heard infielders admit that they, not Cobb, were re
sponsible for an accident. When Cobb slides he is a hard man
to figure. If the player guesses correctly all is well, but if he
judges poorly, it is probable he will suffer.
Cobb has a slide all his own. His fall-away is the work "of a
master. It needs an artist to show up Cobb's slide, as his slide
shows up the average infielder.
I like to see Bobby Wallace take the throw
when Ty attempts to steal. It is a clash between
two master workmen. Wallace is an adept at tak
ing a throw with the gloved hand, no matter
where the ball goes.
Instead nf letHnir fnhh nlnv him "Wallnrp
ffOln P'a's Cobb. It is a treat to see him get the ball
y LA in his gloved hand, go up the line to meet Ty,
who comes in with terrific force, hook the ball
under his leg and often make him miss the basr
Unlike the average base runner Cobb does not show up
before starting his slide. He hits the turf under full steam.
One of his legs is thrown in the direction of the 'bag, the other
' is in the air. while his body is away from the baseman.
In other words when Cobb slides about all the fielder has to
touch is the spikes. Thus touching Cobb is a difficult as well as
dangerous task. There are any number of infielders who are
spike shy. In trying to get a position of safety before touching
Cobb, they often select the spot that makes the play dangerous.
The clever fellows are seldom spiked by Cobb for they are as wise