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The Philadelphia pennant race that brought 200 cops to a baseball game

Thanks to comments by Athletics’ manager Connie Mack, Philly fans piled on the threats against Detroit’s Ty Cobb.

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Philly sports fans have a well-known history of making their feelings know. In just the past 25 years, there have been many memorable boos. But the tradition started long before that.

In 1909, the Philadelphia Athletics were in a tight pennant race with the Detroit Tigers, whose star, Ty Cobb, was known for playing dirty.

After Cobb was accused of trying to take out the A’s best hitter with a slide into second base, so many Philadelphians made threats against the Tigers player that city officials reportedly assigned up to 200 police officers to guard him when he came to town.

Neither the Athletics or the Tigers won the World Series that year — but Philly did notch a different win: the most fans in the stands. Scroll through this thread to see how it all went down.

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