Ty Cobb’s Detroit Home Still Standing

It’s getting harder and harder to imagine life in Detroit 100 years ago, but yesterday it seemed clear as day.  A colleague and I set out to find Ty Cobb’s home from his early playing days with the Detroit Tigers.  We found it alive and well on Commonwealth Street in the Woodbridge District about a mile from Tiger Stadium.

The house (pictured below) is a duplex.  Cobb reportedly lived in the northern unit shown on the right.  We found the house and the surrounding area to be in decent shape.  It wasn’t hard to imagine Mr. Cobb walking out the front door on his way to Bennett Park.

Detroit is filled with forgotten treasures like this one.  For anyone on a trip through the city this summer, I recommend taking an extra five minutes to see this little gem.  The home is located at 4117 Commonwealth Street just north of Grand River Avenue and east of 12th Street.  Your goosebumps will thank you.

Our thanks go to our dear friend, Bill Dow of Birmingham, who gave us a guided tour through some incredible neighborhoods via telephone.  He explained to us that Mr. Cobb also lived in the original Pontchatrain Hotel (no longer standing) and later moved to the ritzy Boston-Edison area off of Woodward. 

In my opinion, Mr. Dow has done more to preserve Detroit sports history than anyone else I know. 


Ty Cobb’s Detroit home located about one mile from Tiger Stadium.

4 replies on “Ty Cobb’s Detroit Home Still Standing

  • Andrea Micallef

    Oh my, this is where I grew up. My grandmother Adelaide Aqulina Micallef bought Ty Cobbs house and her youngest son, (my dad) lived in the other half of the duplex. She sold it when my grandfather was beat up as the neighborhood became delinquent in the early 1960’s. I think 1965? How amazing to see it on the net.

  • Alex

    I installed the ADT security there and it truly is an amazing house and the feeling you get when you walk inside.. ty cobb’s cleat marks on the floor and on the wall from when he kicked them off..

  • Darrin

    I will never understand why Detroit can’t seem to preserve historical spots or at the least put a plaque in its spot. The city has so much great history but they seem to not even care, that’s sad!!

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