New York Nukes (1997-2010)
Berlin Brewmasters (2011)
Sicily Godfathers (2012)
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 2023
Ultra competitive, hot headed, and quite frankly batshit insane, Ty Cobb was a one man wrecking crew on the basepaths. One of if not the greatest leadoff hitter in the history of the Weaver League, Cobb was the engine that drove the New York Nukes offense during their early glory days.
During his sixteen year career Cobb was a regular on the leaderboards. A six time All-Star, he scored at least 100 runs per season twelve times. He lead the Weaver Leagues in stolen bases seven times, including a six year stretch from 2001-2006, and finished in the top three fourteen times. At the time of his retirement he was the Weaver League's all-time leader in career runs scored (1,819) and steals (888).
He also had some infamous incidents involving uncontrolled explosions of anger. With his home team hosting the league's first All-Star Game in 1997, Cobb was involved in a bench clearing brawl where one thing lead to another and eventually things got so out of hand that Cobb chased the BL batboy into the stands and beat him senseless. He also had a well publicized rivalry with Cheyenne Scalpers outfielder Mel Ott, with Cobb ending Ott's '97 season by spiking him in the abdomen during a wild late season game. His sadistic side was probably most evident whenever the Nukes played the Gobi Mongols, as he would go spikes-to-groin on catcher Mike Piazza whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Despite the violent outbursts, Cobb was usually able to focus his combustable energy and use it on the field. With this dynamo igniting the offense, setting the table for sluggers like Gary Sheffield, Rogers Hornsby and Tony Montana, the Nukes enjoyed great success during his tenure with the franchise. Cobb helped the team with 90+ games in all but one of his seasons with the team. They made the playoffs six times, and he led them to the team's first Weaver Cup of Ultimate Power in 1998 when they beat the Havana Cigars in seven games.
Despite being the face of the Nukes franchise for almost his entire career, Cobb tested the free agent waters and signed with division rival Berlin for the 2011 season. He played one last season over in the Blizzard League with Sicily in 2012 before finally ending his playing career and becoming manager of the Nukes.
Perhaps because of his battles with the media during his playing days, Cobb did not gain induction to the Hall of Fame during his first several years of eligibility. However, he was finally granted his rightful place amongst the immortals of the Hall of Fame in 2023.