Cobb proves his power with three-homer game
But on May 5 of that year, Cobb proved he could successfully play any style the game presented.
In a Tuesday game at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, Cobb hit three home runs while going 6-for-6 at the plate to lead his Tigers past the Browns 14-8. Batting third and playing center field, Cobb hit a two-run home run off Bullet Joe Bush in the first inning, clubbed another two-run shot against Elam Vangilder in the second, doubled in the fourth, recorded an infield single in the sixth, homered in the eighth off Milt Gaston and reached on another infield single in the ninth.
“He came to play,” Dodgers executive and former big league infielder Fresco Thompson said upon Cobb’s passing in 1961. “And he came to beat you.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum