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Anniston in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Tyrus Raymond Cobb

 
 
Tyrus Raymond Cobb Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
1. Tyrus Raymond Cobb Marker
Inscription.  
In 1904, 18 year old Tyrus Raymond Cobb lived in a boarding house on this site while playing minor league baseball for the Anniston Steelers. From nearby Scarbrough Drug Store on Noble Street he wrote letters, using fictitious names, to sports writer Grantland Rice, describing what a great baseball player Cobb was in Anniston. These letters resulted in a scout from the Detroit Tiger organization coming to Anniston and discovering Ty Cobb, who became the greatest baseball player of all time.
 
Erected 2009 by the Calhoun County Commission & the City of Anniston.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsSports. In addition, it is included in the Baseball Hall of Famers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
 
Location. 33° 39.432′ N, 85° 49.622′ W. Marker is in Anniston, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of East 10th Street and Quintard Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East 10th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Quintard Avenue, Anniston AL 36201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Calhoun County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Anniston Public Library Desegregation (within shouting distance of this marker); Grace Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 15 E. 10th Street (about 600 feet away); First Lot Sold (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1005 Noble Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); 913 Noble Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1006 Noble Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anniston.
 
Also see . . .  Ty Cobb's early life. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on August 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Former location of the Baker Boarding house near marker (now a recently built Wells Fargo Bank). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
2. Former location of the Baker Boarding house near marker (now a recently built Wells Fargo Bank).
Tyrus Raymond Cobb (December 18, 1886 – July 17, 1961) image. Click for full size.
Public domain US-PD, 1913
3. Tyrus Raymond Cobb (December 18, 1886 – July 17, 1961)
View of marker looking south on Quintard Avenue. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
4. View of marker looking south on Quintard Avenue.
Ty Cobb’s Alabama stomping ground image. Click for more information.
via "Go Crazy, Folks, Go Crazy!", 1919
5. Ty Cobb’s Alabama stomping ground
Baseball players stand on 14th Street in Anniston, with Anniston College (formerly the Anniston Inn) rising on the hill behind them.
(Photo: Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County)
"Go Crazy, Folks, Go Crazy!" website entry
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,313 times since then and 120 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week August 13, 2017. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   5. submitted on August 15, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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