Team/Player: Ty Cobb
Date: 1905-1928

While Cobb's total career hits are only the second most all-time (Pete Rose ended up with 65 more), he also had 2,619 fewer at-bats over the course of his time in Major League Baseball. Had those numbers been evened out, it's pretty safe to say Cobb would have far more hits than his contemporary. Rose, however, played against the best of the best while Cobb played in a segregated league that was still nearly 20 years away from allowing African-Americans in at the time of his retirement. This vast difference only adds further legitimacy to Rose's record.