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Albert Thomas Tyson (Ty)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 169 lb.

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" . . . a man may come up and go down faster than an elevator in this baseball profession." - The Oswego Palladium-Times on February 23, 1928, discussing how Ty Tyson had been leading the 1927 National League in batting through May 15 but was back in the minors by June 15

Ty Tyson, like Ty Cobb, was a center fielder. Making his major league debut shortly before he turned 34 years old, he played three years in the majors for the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Robins.

Tyson is not to be confused with another Ty Tyson who was an early sportscaster for the Detroit Tigers while this Ty Tyson was in the majors.

Tyson had started in the minors in 1913, apparently as a position player, but was a pitcher with Buffalo from 1914-17. In his best year, 1916, he went 19-9. In 1918 with Louisville he split his time between pitcher and outfield.

After 1918 he spent several years out of the minor leagues, playing what was called "independent ball".

Ty hit .352 with Louisville in 1925 and came to the major league Giants in 1926, appearing in 97 games and hitting .293. He dropped to .264 the following season with the Giants (playing primarily left field) and spent most of the year in the minors with Buffalo, for whom he hit .375. The following year he was back in the majors, hitting .271 for Brooklyn. In 1929 he was in the minors with Wilkes-Barre, hitting .365.

His Buffalo team in 1927 was a top team, going 112-56. It lost in the Little World Series that year to the Toledo Mud Hens managed by Casey Stengel.

Wilbert Robinson had scouted Tyson in 1925, liking his defense, hitting and steals, but not liking his advanced age. Tyson was called a graceful fielder of the Carey type by the Palladium-Times article quoted above.

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