The 1907 World Series was an exciting match up, with the powerhouse Chicago Cubs facing a new challenge -- the young phenom Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers. The following is a condensed excerpt from The Best Team Ever, a Novel of America, Chicago and the 1907 Cubs.
Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers, a fierce competitor with an antagonistic combative attitude, spent every moment of his waking life trying to find an edge. Sometimes, in a game already lost or won, Ty Cobb attempted to take an extra base on a single where he knew he had no chance, or to advance from first to home on a routine single, simply to set the stage for the future, to plant, as he put it, “the threat.” He knew the opposing team’s outfielder might later tense up and fumble the ball when Cobb sped the bases. And if he spiked the shortstop or the second baseman in the tag-out at second, or the catcher in a play at the plate, he knew that man might not block the base as aggressively the next time around. In Cobb’s view, the game of baseball was “as gentlemanly as a kick in the crotch.”
Nobody in the American League had been able to stop Ty Cobb, and he was bristling with confidence entering the 1907 World Series. But the veteran Cubs’ team and savvy catcher Johnny Kling had a few tricks of their own. Find out how the 1907 World Series plays out in The Best Team Ever, a Novel of America, Chicago and the 1907 Cubs.
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