George Cobb

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George Woodworth Cobb

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 168 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

George Cobb was the first player named "Cobb" to play in the major leagues. He played only one year in the majors, but during that year led the 1892 Baltimore Orioles in games pitched, games started, and games finished. He also led the National League in a number of negative pitching categories, such as losses with 37, earned runs allowed and home runs allowed.

Although his Orioles lost 101 games, they had some famous players, including Wilbert Robinson, George Van Haltren (who was player-manager part of the year), the 19-year-old John McGraw and the 35-year-old Harry Stovey. But the team didn't give the pitchers much run support, finishing seventh in the league in runs scored although they played in a pitchers' park. The pitching staff, meanwhile, had the worst ERA in the league.

Outside of the major leagues, Cobb spent several seasons pitching for teams in California.

In the winter of 1889 Cobb pitched for a team called the "Colorados" in California, called that because many of the players were from Colorado. When they played the Pomonas, it was said of Cobb:

"So speedy was Cobb's delivery that many of the rurals struck after the ball had passed them."

George died in 1926 in Pomona, CA, where he was ahead of his time. He was the first major leaguer to die there - 30 years before the next one - and while eleven major leaguers have been born there (through July 2007), George died there twenty years before any of those major leaguers were born there.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1892)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1892)

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1899 San Bernardino Grays Southern California League -- -- replaced by Seth Hart

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