On this day: July 18

POSTED: 03:56 PM PDT Jul 17, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 17, 2016 

A Nobel Peace Prize winner and astronaut are born, a gymnast reaches Olympic perfection, and an epic superhero hits summer theaters, all on this day.

OTD July 18 - Ty Cobb
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Library of Congress

1927: Ty Cobb of the Philadelphia Athletics sets a major-league baseball record by getting his 4,000th career hit, doubling off former teammate Sam Gibson of the Detroit Tigers at Navin Field. He would go on to hit a total of 4,191 before retiring in 1928, a record that would stand until Pete Rose surpassed it in September 1985.


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