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: baseball (outfielder) Highest salary
: $85,000 (1927) Average player salary
: $6,750 (1927)
Ty Cobb played 24 years of baseball between 1905 and 1928. The first 22 of those years were with the Detroit Tigers, with which he never won a World Series. However, over the course of his career, Cobb was outstanding, setting 90 separate records. To date, Cobb still holds the lead in several major categories, including the record for the highest lifetime batting average, at .366. Cobb also led the league in batting average a record 11 seasons, far more than any other player has done. In 1927, after leaving the Tigers, Cobb signed with the Philadelphia Athletics. That year, his second to last season, he earned $85,000, more than 12 times the average player’s salary at the time. Cobb was voted in as one of the first five Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, with 98.2% voting in favor.
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