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The Tigers were loathed precisely because of one man: Tyrus Raymond Cobb, arguably history's most hated athlete during his playing days. Cobb, still only 22, led the Tigers to their third straight World Series (they had lost the previous two to the Cubs!) by winning the Triple Crown (.377, 9 HRs, 107 RBIs), including nine inside-the-park homers. His ornery nature and sharpened spikes (he gashed the arm of popular A's third baseman Frank Baker) prompted widespread hate for the Tigers. Cobb often received telegraphed death threats.

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